Donald Trump: The American Dream

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Thomas Wolfe said, "...to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining, golden opportunity ... the right to live, to work, to be himself, and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him" (“The American Dream”). On June 16, 2015 Donald Trump introduced his shining, golden opportunity. The real estate industry tycoon, billionaire, and TV celebrity officially kicked off his presidential campaign in his New York City landmark building, Trump Tower (DelReal). "Make America Great Again!" is the official campaign slogan. Trump trademarked the phrase, which was originated by Ronald Reagan back in the 1980s (Martosko). In his announcement speech Trump declares, “The American Dream is dead. We don’t have victories anymore.” Furthermore, he assures the American people, "We are going to make our country great again." He promises if he is elected president, he will restore the American dream and bring it back "bigger and better and stronger than ever before (Trump).”…show more content…
The iconic art deco building tells a story of the American dream. The Empire State Building took only one year and 45 days to build (Rosenberg). The project involved 3,400 workers, mostly immigrants from Europe and Canada. The construction was part of an intense competition in New York for the title of world 's tallest building. It was built during the Great Depression, a time when work was hard to come by and people were grateful to have job opportunities. The dedicated construction workers even finished the project 12 days ahead of schedule, just 410 days after construction started (“Empire State Building History and Facts”). The importance of this historic monument is the demonstration of American pride. It was the dream of these workers to excel in their trade and the thrill of making a good living while doing
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