The stark contrast between the Democratic and the Republican message should be clear to every American from Tampa to Seattle.
From the start of the campaign, Mitt Romney's business success at Bain has been a centerpiece for his election bid. The Republican National Convention highlighted this success with the theme 'We built it.' Conservatives fought to convince Americans that a man's career was crafted with his very own intelligence and hard work.
However, from the start of Romney's campaign, Democrats have used his time at Bain as a source of attacks against the candidate.
Ann Romney's speech at the Republican Convention attempted to deflect attacks from Democrats about the success Mitt has built. "It's true that Mitt has been successful at each new challenge he has taken on. It amazes me to see his history of success actually being attacked. Are those really the values that made our country great...?"
But what Republicans fail to understand is that Democrats are not attacking his success, which, by all means, is an example of the American dream. They attack the way he believes he did it himself, the way he failed to help others succeed.
Michelle Obama spoke to the crowd in Charlotte, stating: "We learned about gratitude and humility -- that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean... and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect."
The Democratic National Convention has been pushing the idea that at every success, the community was there to help you along. No business man is self-made. Of course, it takes tenacity, intelligence and hard work to achieve what people like Mitt Romney have, but that talent would fester under a climate of every man for himself.
For any American who is not strongly conservative, the Democratic argument should be such common sense to them that there would be no way possible way Republicans would win the election.
Conservatives by definition favor the old ideals that our country was founded upon. But they often forget that our founding fathers didn't create America alone. It took every man, every woman, rallying against an empire to create a nation where all dreams are possible. That is something conservatives need to remember.
When Election Day comes, the Democrat's message of hope and togetherness should and will defeat the Republican's idea of self-reliance, because working together is not the absence of self-reliance. It's what America was built on.