I have chosen the two following values: equality of opportunity and individual freedom.
America is known as the land of opportunities. Equality of opportunity is important to Americans. It means that everyone has the same chance to succeed in life.
Individual freedom is as equally important to the Americans because with hard work comes individual freedom.
By working hard, earning your own money, establishing your own wealth – the more freedom you will experience. In this case, Americans want to be as self-reliant as possible, which means that they do not want to be needing help from the government, they want to be able to do everything on their own.
Equality of opportunity is less important and less evident in America today. The gap between the rich and the poor is continuously growing, which makes it harder for the lower and middle class to actually get anywhere. The mobility of social classes is decreasing.
This means that all of a sudden it makes a difference WHERE you start from. The poor people are becoming poorer, making it harder for them to actually have a chance in life to succeed.