10/20/2011 09:40 am ET Updated Dec 20, 2011

The American Nightmare

The modern man has lost his sense of what the American dream truly is. People are constantly bombarded with propaganda promising instant wealth and immediate weight loss, and because of this incessant nagging these fallacies begin to become fact. They suddenly believe that all of their problems can be solved with three easy payments of $19.95, but it's simply not that easy. The strange concept that solves these seemingly impossible problems was lost in translation as the melting pot of America fused together -- that concept is hard work.

Hard work has become a thing of the past. Arbitrary tasks such as typing a document have become so much easier from 30 years ago that it has now tripled productivity at the expense of fundamental values. The modern man believes that shortcuts allow him to overcome obstacles that others could not. He also believes that he is better than the rest, based simply on foolish articles he reads from doing a five-second Google search. People have lost what made this country great less than a half a century ago. "Rags to riches" is no longer the story about the hard-working American who worked his way up the chain of command. Instead, it's about the blissful blue-collar worker who hit that one in 10 billion people jackpot and now spends his money like a king. The American dream has been polluted.

It is now a vehicle used to market to a group of naïve and ignorant Americans. Corporations and their lobbyists have instilled in the greater American public the thought that they could one day be as rich as them, which of course is not impossible, but is surely improbable. According to the United States Department of Labor, the median annual earnings for a CEO in the U.S. during 2009 was $140,350, exceeding the income of over 90 percent of American households. Yet somehow, that 90 percent continues to vote to cut taxes for the 10 percent of richest Americans whose salaries can surpass $700,000, an anomaly I do not fully understand. Although I do have a theory: I believe that it is the previously mentioned propaganda, showcasing instantaneous wealth, that causes the 90 percent to believe that they have an opportunity to become part of the elite. For this reason, they vote to what they aspire to be, instead of what suits them at the moment.

As an average American I believe it is our duty to ensure that democracy works as our forefathers intended it. Each person needs to vote for what is best for him or her in their current financial condition, not in the situation they wish to be in 20 years from now. It may not seem like it, but each vote counts equally regardless of intelligence, social status or wealth. Do your due diligence as an American, know the candidates, understand the policies, and most importantly, vote for what you think is best -- not what's on the television screen.