The U.S. grew to be the greatest nation in history by allowing its citizens to capitalize on their own potential. A free market system provided incentives for entrepreneurs to start at the bottom and, with dedication and hard work, gain both affluence and influence. This radical departure from previous class-based cultures evened the playing field by providing equal opportunity to all.
Unfortunately, as government intervention has eroded our liberties, so too has our collective faith in the American Dream been undermined. According to a recent Bloomberg poll, just one out of every three Americans believes such success is realistically achievable.