The American Dream is much more than acquiring financial wealth

Mitt Romney has no reason to apologize about his wealth. The American Dream is to be a self-made, hard-working, prosperous individual in society, not just financially but intellectually and spiritually. According to the dream, this includes the opportunity for one's children to grow up and receive a good education and career without artificial barriers. It is the opportunity to make individual choices without the prior restrictions that limited people according to their class, caste, religion, race or ethnicity.

There are very few Americans who would not want to live this American Dream of prosperity and have their children achieve the same. It is part of the American experience to take risks and build a business. It is also part of the American Dream to empower others to do the same. Horatio Alger exemplified the American Dream in his many novels.

When Mitt Romney took over the helm of Bain Capital, he was responsible for the firm's 80 percent success rate in driving up revenue at the companies it acquires. Bain Capital during Romney’s tenure also helped successful companies such as Staples and the Sports Authority build up from small businesses struggling to make it in the market to successful national companies. However, Romney did not just live out the American Dream through the monetary wealth he acquired at Bain and through his intellectual wealth from his multiple Harvard degrees. He also saved the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, lives out his Mormon faith without shame, and successfully raised his five boys to become outstanding men of character. Romney not only lived out his own American Dream, he helped others attain theirs.

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No Americans dream about having less than their neighbors or living a life of poverty. So why should Romney apologize about being extremely wealthy when his wealth was just a consequence of his success? Most of us would rather follow a leader who has been successful in his endeavors. Romney truly exemplifies the pages of Horatio Alger's novels on prosperity and generational wealth.