Over 230 years ago, a group of men had a dream. They dreamed of a nation of free people. A nation that existed solely to allow its citizens to live out their own dreams on their own terms with their own God given talent and grit.
They dreamed of a people free from the fear of government oppression. A people free from tyranny from within and from without. They dreamed of a people that could not be stopped from achieving greatness.
They dreamed long and hard. They dreamed of that nation morning, noon and night. They shared their dream with others who had the same dream.
They would talk about their dream in back allies, in local pubs, in living rooms, in town halls, in their churches, in the streets.
It was a dream that would not die. It would not relent. It would burn itself into their very being. They woke with a burning desire to fulfill this dream every single day of their lives. They went to bed every single night hoping God would allow them to wake so they could pursue that dream.
It was a dream that was real in their eyes, in their minds and in their hearts. It was a dream that would lead them to war. It was a dream that they knew would not become reality easily. It was an elusive dream but it was an achievable dream.
So these men, these dreamers set out to fulfill their dream. They fought, they bled and some even died before they could realize that dream for themselves. But it was not a selfish dream. It was a dream they believed would become reality even if they would not live to see it.
They dreamed for their children. They dreamed for their grand-children. They dreamed for their posterity. They believed in the dream so much that they would willingly lay down their life if in doing so it would bring that dream to fruition.
It was a truly selfless dream. A dream to be free.
That dream is still alive today. That dream that those men fought and even died for became a reality. That dream became the United States of America.
That same dream is still alive today. Although it may seem that fewer than ever share that dream. That thought would be wrong.
Today we are still a bunch of dreamers. But we are now a strong nation of many dreamers. More dreamers than those who first had the dream.
Today we dream the same as they dreamed centuries ago. We dream about freedom. We dream about pursuing our own happiness. We dream of little of not government interference. We dream not only for ourselves but for our children, our grand-children. We dream for our posterity.
Today, the United States of America still attracts dreamers from all over the world. They come here in boats, in planes, in cars, even by foot. The people of the world have had the same dream and they heard the call. They heard the dreamers call. They heard the dreamers call from America. They come to answer the call.
They sometimes risk their very lives to make that dream come true. They do not dream only for themselves, but for their family, their children, their grand-children and their posterity.
This is a nation of dreamers. All that we have accomplished that history will consider to be great came at first as a dream.
The great industrialists of the 19th century dreamed of a nation that was fully modern and full of promise. The great minds of the 20th century dreamed of fast cars and landing on the moon.
The great minds of the 21st century dream of an intelligent world full of smart devices that help man dream even bigger.
Yes, we are a nation that still dreams. Yet in no ones dreams is their room or a place for an oppressive government. There is no dream about sliding backwards. There is no dream about having someone else take care of us.
Indeed, that would be a nightmare.
Instead we dream of being free to pursue our own dreams. And we dream of even better days for our children, our grand-children and even our posterity.
That is the American way. That is the American Dream. That is the dream we are still willing to lay down our lives for so that others may keep that dream.
That is the American dream. And that dream is not dead. It is very much alive. It is still very vibrant. And that is what drives others from around the world to risk everything they have to come here.
Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream. It was a dream of freedom for all. That has always been the true American dream.
And that is my dream.
Is it yours, too?