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Vince Gill

Country Music Hall of Fame

The American Dream to me is, it's a fair chance. I think that's all anybody could ever want and anybody could ever expect. I see an awful lot of people that think they're entitled to things. You've got to earn them, you know. They have to be earned. You're not entitled to -- you know. You parent a kid, and they think they're entitled to every toy on the shelf. And you just go, I don't think so. To me, that's what I'd like to see. The American Dream for me would be a fair chance for everybody, not just the "haves." You see a lot of life where most people are too hung up on the pecking order of things, and not everyone does get a fair chance. It was always my argument with my father about anything was, until there's a level playing field, you can't have a right answer to something. So that would be my definition of the American Dream is a fair chance for everybody.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: There were no lawyers in my family. My father came to the United States from Russia when he was 13, and apart from night school to learn English, he had no formal schooling. My mother was the sixth child to be born in her large family, and the first one born in the U.S.A. She was born four months after her parents arrived.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: How can I describe the American Dream? Maybe it's captured by the first ride I took on a New York subway, after returning from several months in Sweden, where everybody looked the same, and here I was on the subway, and the amazing diversity of the people of the United States. You know the motto is E pluribus unum -- "Of many, one" -- and that's the idea that, more than just tolerating, we can appreciate our differences and yet pull together for the long haul. So that is my idea of the American Dream, sometimes referred to as "the melting pot." That's not quite right, because we keep our individual identities, but we are all Americans, and proud to live in the land of the free.
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Rudolph Giuliani

Former Mayor of New York City

I think America discovered something about itself that's there. It isn't as if it was created on September 11 or after. I think America discovered something about itself, about how much we could help each other, how much we care about each other, how much we care about being Americans, how important our freedom and democracy is to us. And we're not going to let people take it away from us or jeopardize it for our children. I think that's been the primary thing that's happened in this country. I think there is much more of an appreciation for what we have, and therefore we're not going to let people jeopardize it. We're not going to let people take it away from us or even attempt to.
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Rudolph Giuliani

Former Mayor of New York City

I have just an absolutely unshakeable belief about the value of living in freedom, that people who live in freedom have incalculable strength that they don't display until somebody challenges them and creates the possibility of taking it away from them, and that people who live in freedom prevail over people who live in oppression. And they just will, because they're not going to give this up. Once you give people freedom, they don't willingly give it up. And we've had freedom for a long time, and I think the mission of this country is to try to share it with others, because we realize the more people who live in freedom, the more peaceful the world is going to be.
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