My problem is with your conclusion to your statement on the American Dream. "participation in Democracy". The Founders created a Constitutional Republic and a Nation of Laws. The Founders viewed democracy as something akin to 'mobocracy' or considering what 0bama brought to America I could say a 'thugocracy". Democracy means the Electoral College disappears, one of the parts of the Constitution inserted by the Founders and their infinite wisdom. I can offer up more examples upon request.