Day 1: A Real American Believes in "the American Dream." - Vine & Fig Tree 

The phrase "Vine & Fig Tree" occurs a number of times in Scripture.

After the American Revolution, when he had returned to Mount Vernon, George Washington wrote the Marquis de Lafayette on Feb. 1, 1784: "At length my Dear Marquis I am become a private citizen on the banks of the Potomac, & under the shadow of my own Vine & my own Fig-tree."

What is "the American Dream?"

Most people in the U.S.A. believe the American Dream is "owning" your own home, which means qualifying for a fixed-rate, low-interest mortgage.

In 1776, having a mortgage was a sign of tragedy: a swarm of locusts ate your crop, and you had to mortgage the house to buy seed for a new crop.

Today, a mortgage is routine, and bankers have lobbied government to make interest tax-deductible. (Wouldn't you want it that way if you were making money off the deal?)

Everyone who signed the Declaration of Independence would say that an entire nation of people paying a quarter of a million dollars in interest over 30 years on a $100,000 home is a nightmare, not a dream.

The REAL American Dream is owning your own home debt-free.

But today, even if you own your own home debt-free, the government claims the right to take your home from you and give it to the developer of a mall, because the mall will pay the government more taxes than you do. This is called "eminent domain."

George Washington described the American Dream as living safely under your own "Vine & Fig Tree."

Where did Washington get that phrase?

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V&FT in American History
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The Bible.

Find out more about the "Vine & Fig Tree" vision.

A Real American understands the original "American Dream" -- the "Vine & Fig Tree" society.
Most "Americans" have never heard this phrase.

If you enroll in the Samuel Adams Coaching Program, you'll become a force for the restoration of the original American Dream.