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Entry from October 19, 2020
“The new American dream is to be left the hell alone”

The American dream is “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the Declaration of Independence states. To many people, the American dream is simply to be left alone, free of government regulations and taxes.

“A second theory, considerably more speculative than the first, has to do with what many perceive to be the great American dream: to be left alone” was printed in the Florence (SC) Morning News on July 1, 1977. “The american dream is to be left alone” was posted on Twitter by Justin Falcone on November 19, 2008. “my ‘american dream’ is to be left the fuck alone” was posted on Twitter by deadbeard on March 5, 2014.

“Today’s American Dream is to be left the fuck alone” was posted on Twitter by beejereeno on October 17, 2020. “The new American dream is to be left the hell alone” was posted on Twitter by Nick on October 20, 2020. 

Other sayings about the American dream include “If by living the American dream you mean paycheck to paycheck then yes I am” and “It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.”


Wikipedia: American Dream
The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.

The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims that “all men are created equal” with the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Also, the U.S. Constitution promotes similar freedom, in the Preamble: to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”. 

Newspapers.com
1 July 1977, Florence (SC) Morning News, “As a Matter of Tax...” (editorial), pg. 4-A, cols. 1-2:
A second theory, considerably more speculative than the first, has to do with what many perceive to be the great American dream: to be left alone.

Newspapers.com
16 June 1996, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “Easy Does It” (review of “A Little Yellow Dog” by Walter Moseley) by David Crumm, pg. 6E, col. 2:
What has made Rollins so endearing through four previous novels is that his main desire is the American dream itself: simply to be left alone to enjoy life in his modest Los Angeles home.

Newspapers.com
3 January 2006, Philadelphia (PA) Daily News, “Letters,” pg. 14, col. 2:
All I want is the very American dream of being left alone to seek my fate as long as I harm no others.
Kenneth J. Gorelick
Newtown Square


Twitter
Justin Falcone
@modernserf
The american dream is to be left alone.
8:02 AM · Nov 19, 2008·Twitter SMS

Twitter
deadbeard
@dirt_person_
my “american dream” is to be left the fuck alone
1:14 AM · Mar 5, 2014·Twitter for Android

Twitter
The Devil
@Luseefur
The real American Dream is to be left the fuck alone. }wink
7:34 PM · Oct 29, 2014·UberSocial for Android

Twitter
James Ard
@JamesinSELA
@cspanwj My American Dream is to be left alone by government. That is getting less and less possible.
7:46 AM · Dec 25, 2015·TweetDeck

Twitter
Justin
@JUSTINPWITTER
@JohnRocca2 @CzechsforTrump
The American Dream is to be LEFT THE **** ALONE, PERIOD.
#CCOT #TCOT #VETERANS #MERICA
7:44 AM · Feb 25, 2016·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Gabrielle
@little_brownn
Replying to @little_brownn
“The American Dream is to be left alone” -Ben Shapiro
2:28 PM · May 21, 2017·Twitter for iPhone
(American conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro appears to have said “A big part of the American dream is to be left alone by the government” in February 2016.—ed.)

Twitter
Jake Morgan
@MrJakeMorgan
The new American Dream is to be left the f alone
7:33 PM · Sep 6, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Mark Blinder
@Blinderland
The American dream is to be left the fuck alone
7:50 AM · Oct 20, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
beejereeno
@beejereeno
Today’s American Dream is to be left the fuck alone.
7:59 AM · Oct 17, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Nick
@riggs_nick
The new American dream is to be left the hell alone
1:52 PM · Oct 20, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military/ Religion • Monday, October 19, 2020 • Permalink