Prowler wrote: As if 20 Afghanis or Syrians could easily invade USA and conquer the entire country...
Well, half our country is convinced that group of hispanic refugees that were trying to enter the US several months ago constituted an 'invading army'. And this had enough support where the president was able to send the military down to the border to drive them away. Also, you have to remember what happened in the US on 9/11, so its not too surprising Americans can see even a small group of nobodies as being a serious threat.
As for the American Dream, I was taught (growing up in the US) that it meant that you could climb out of poverty, and even possibly run the country if you wanted. I was taught that literally anyone could be president; there were NO requirements. Note how we now have a president that had absolutely no experience in politics before he ran for president. There literally is no legal requirement to enter office. The presidency however does have a few restrictions. Such as you have to have spent the past few decades in this country without leaving (this is why most presidents are already old when they first enter office), and you have to have been born in the US. However, to my knowledge, there's no restrictions on who can become a congressman or senator (beyond the fact that an ex-president can never have a job in politics again).
Of course none of this is true in practice. Economic mobility is a thing of the past, and its debated as to whether or not it ever existed in the first place. Today which class you belong to is dictated by who your parents were, and even then you could end up falling into a lower class later in life. Essentially, you can move down the social ladder, but you can't climb up. And as for becoming a politician, in reality you'll only succeed if you have the money to promote yourself, which in a country as large as the US is of course quite expensive. There's a reason all US politicians are wealthy; you have to be to get the job in the first place. Really unless you're a part of the 1% (the upper class in the US), there's no realistic way you could become president or enter any other office. You have to be part of the upper class just to become town mayor here. Note that before they preached that even someone who was born into poverty could become president (and in the past, some presidents did in fact come from the lower classes, Abraham Lincoln is a notable example). All of this is also why most of our politicians are greedy selfish businessmen. We've seriously had people enter office just for the money!