Joann and Mike Moffat have been married for 19 years and are strong believers in the power of family. They believe that for them, they have achieved the American Dream. All they could ever ask for was a large loving family. They have just what they need to get by and that's enough for them.
"Everyone wants to have two cars in the driveway, a house, kids...most people, but not everyone"(Joann Moffat)
"I think everyone has an opportunity now to achieve the American Dream if they want to work for it, it doesn't matter if you are black, brown, green or yellow, if you want to work for it and put your mind to it you can be successful...anyone can do that." (Mike Moffat)
Lynn Pinion owner of Jindra's Antiques Located in redding, california
"The freedom to chase our individual dreams through our sweat, and toil, and imagination — and the imperative to strive together as well, to achieve a common good, a greater good. For 240 years, our nation’s call to citizenship has given work and purpose to each new generation. It’s what led patriots to choose republic over tyranny, pioneers to trek west, slaves to brave that makeshift railroad to freedom. It’s what pulled immigrants and refugees across oceans and the Rio Grande. It’s what pushed women to reach for the ballot. It’s what powered workers to organize. It’s why GIs gave their lives at Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima; Iraq and Afghanistan — and why men and women from Selma to Stonewall were prepared to give theirs as well." (Obama's farewell speech)
"I have a degree in pharmacy, I have a BS and a doctorate in pharmacy, and I'm also board certified...all of these things, all the way from Africa." (Sophia Dewa)
Saphia Dewa, from Tanzania, Africa, saw the opportunity America offered for her to achieve her dreams of going to school and working in the medical field, so she decided to travel to America, 'The City Upon a Hill' to pursue her dreams.
"For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us." (Winthrop)
"America is the land of opportunity if you want to get educated and work hard, you can be anything you want."(Saphia Dewa)
Shelle Peterson is the principal at University Preparatory School in Redding, Ca. She works hard to better the education for the future generations of America while devoting her time outside of work to her family and four kids.
"The American Dream is living by values and a belief system that suggests that we are very capable as human beings. That so much of what happens is because we are willing to take a risk for the imagination of what is possible... I think that we call [the American Dream] ours because we identify with it at a greater capacity than people in other countries, but if you ask any parent across any part of the world what they want for their children, it's the same idea." (Shelle Peterson)
"The American Dream is a constant reminder that America’s true nature and distinctive grandeur is in promising the common man, the man on the make, a better chance to succeed here than common men enjoy anywhere else on earth..." (Jillson)
"America is exceptional. Not that our nation has been flawless from the start, but that we have shown the capacity to change, and make life better for those who follow."(Obama's Speech)
The American Dream is relevant today because it can be achieved by everyone. Its not an specific thing but an idea that anyone, anywhere can work to achieve whatever dreams they have. They fact that America is always changing just goes to show that it doesn't matter whats going on in this country, because the idea of pursuing your dreams stays the same.
Shelley Peterson, Principal at University Preparatory Highschool
Regg Keyawa, the owner and founder of JLC Orchards, was just a simple man who lost his job and had to figure out what to do next to provide for his family and establish a retirement for him and his wife Dorthy. He took a risk and moved from Sacramento, Ca, to the Chico area, bought land, and became an Almond Farmer.
JLC Orchards Founding Family
"You have to be able to follow the laws...if your dream is to have a lot of money and be successful, that doesn't mean you can go rob a bank and get a whole bunch of money...you may have reached your goal, but you went about it the wrong way." (Sergeant Smyrnos)
Sergeant Smyrnos works for the Redding Police Department. He believes that he has fulled his American Dream because he was able to follow his fathers footsteps and have a carrier in law enforcement and he has a wife and two children to come home to everyday.
"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make you inquisitors? Fallible men; men governed by bad passions, by private as well as public reasons"(Jefferson)