Well, I seen a Cadillac window uptown
And there was nobody aroun’
I got into the driver’s seat
And I drove down 42nd Street
In my Cadillac. Good car to drive after a war
That "American Dream" might need to be redefined today (big cars just aren't the answer in a time of global warming), but hard work and talent, doing something "excellent," still ought to be in the reach of every young person in America. That is more or less the pitch that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are making to the American public. I'm sympathetic!
As for my Dad, who worked so hard that he was ultimately able to move from his motorcycle to that Cadillac car, the lesson he taught me is that hard work is what you need to do, to achieve excellence and the rewards that go with it. Thanks to my Dad (and to my Mom, who taught similar lessons), I have always sided with the folks, like my Dad, who wanted to be able to drive one of those Cadillac cars, someday. Oddly enough, in other words, that "Cadillac" idea is something I associate with those 99% folks - people like my Dad and Mom - and not those 1%ers who didn't have to consider whether their hard work and talent might sometime qualify them for the best, because they were the folks who were already driving Cadillacs!
World War III sure isn't the way to get back to the kind of world that my father and mother helped create for me and my brother and sisters. A better politics sure is!