Good Day World!
The American Way is a legacy myth, passed down from generation-to-generation to gullible children, who grow up to be gullible adults.
There's a big gap in the interruption of the term's meaning between the wealthy and the struggling middle class. The masses are getting restless.
Imagine a line of people patiently waiting to move forward steadily as they work hard and keep to all conventional values.
They believe in the Horatio Alger myth.
Then imagine that line stalled. Those waiting patiently watch as other people step ahead of them. But they don't get mad at first, because the myth says it is the American Way and those line-cutters are just being rewarded for (alleged) merit.
However, the result is growing concern and insecurity for those playing the game according to the rules in the myth. It gets ugly quickly.
Waiting gets harder as a new perception sets in; "Undeserving people" are getting ahead of them in line because they aren't following the rules in the myth game book.
These others cause resentment which results in social upheaval. Look around. What do you see? I see the biggest gap in income equality in American history.
If there is such a thing as the American Way, it's our ability to survive bad leadership and still carve out a way of life in spite of it!
Time for me to walk on down the road...