I don’t see that there’s much strong support for the thesis that the American dream is an ex-parrot. America has endured graver economic crises, faced far more serious emergencies abroad and at home, and it’s always come out just fine, chiefly because the system is brilliantly designed for self-correction. I’m not suggesting the problems we face are trivial, far from it, but let’s have a bit of perspective.
The debate about immigration is an ancient one. It makes no sense to argue in the same column that the handful of Americans who are trading in their passports are an omen of American decline and to worry about the effect on American society of uncontrolled mass immigration. The latter is significant real evidence that this decline is overstated and the American Dream still very much alive: Why else would so many people want to move to America?