Vox Populi (The People Have Spoken)

The American Dream has been around since the founding of our country. It became a reality to millions in the mid-1800′s during the Industrial Revolution. Poor, starving families left their farms and agrarian way of life in search of opportunities in the booming cities of America. Millions relocated into these thriving cities in search of opportunities that not only enabled them to avoid starvation, but to prosper. As the American Dream rewarded those courageous souls, the economy grew into the largest economy in the world.

Andrew Carnegie is perhaps one of the best examples of the American Dream at work during that time period. A poor Scottish immigrant who, in spite of his abject poverty, worked hard and smart to pull himself out of poverty and into the history books, to become at the time, the wealthiest man in the world.

The American Dream made that possible. It offered every American, and every welcomed immigrant, hope for a better life. Those who embrace the American Dream believe every generation will be better off than the last. They believe that, no matter the circumstances you were born into, you have the opportunity to rise above those circumstances.

Our founders created a Constitutional Republic which virtually guaranteed that the forces of evil who seek to undermine and destroy the American Dream, would ultimately be vanquished by a seemingly innocuous right built into the fabric of the Constitution – the right to vote.

With every presidential election, the American Dream is on the ballot. Those who embrace the American Dream, vote one way. Those who seek to undermine it, vote another way. And those who do not fully grasp its meaning at all, either don’t vote at all or cast their vote in ignorance. So, in the interest of trumpeting the importance of the American Dream and all that it stands for, I think it’s important to explain exactly what that Dream is and why it is so important.

The Three Pillars of the American Dream

  • Individual Freedom – The right to do, say and live as you see fit, so long as it does not infringe on the rights or freedoms of others.
  • Individual Opportunity – The right to pursue opportunities in a free market system where each individual succeeds or fails based on their own individual merit and effort.
  • Individual Property Ownership – The right to keep the wealth you produce through your own individual merit and effort.

The forces of evil who seek to undermine the American Dream always attack these three pillars.

Big government tries to steal your individual freedom by offering to subsidize your existence. It’s enticing. It means never having to worry about food, shelter, healthcare or education. But in exchange for those benefits, you become dependent on government. You effectively become their slave. The fear of losing your entitlements forces you to continue to vote for the very government that has taken away your individual freedom. You will give up large portions of your income in exchange for those benefits. You will accept government mandates that forbid certain politically incorrect speech. You will buy government-subsidized products such as healthcare or solar panels.

Big government tries to limit individual opportunity by seeking to control certain industries, such as the energy sector and the healthcare industry.

Big government seeks to limit individual property ownership by taxing larger and larger portions of your earnings and business profits.

The United States has 536 billionaires. We have an 18 trillion dollar economy. We have the most powerful military the world has ever known. It’s not an accident. Our Constitutional Republic is wrapped around the American Dream like a blanket protecting it from the evil forces that seek to undermine it. And the secret weapon we have to guarantee the continued existence of the American Dream is the right to vote. We may at times fail to exercise that right, but when we see our way of life threatened by the forces of evil, we embrace it with full force.

Thanks to our founding fathers, the people have a voice. We have the ability to defeat those forces of evil who seek to destroy our American Dream.

Vox Populi – the people have spoken. So long as the right to vote exists, the American Dream will never die.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley understands the difference between being rich and poor: at age nine, his family went from being multi-millionaires to broke in just one night, due to a catastrophic fire that destroyed his Dad's thriving business. For fourteen years they struggled with poverty. There were eleven in Tom's family, and they lived in constant fear of losing their home.

Driven by the desire to unlock the secrets to success and failure, Tom spent five years studying the daily activities of 233 rich people and 128 poor people. He discovered there was an immense difference between the habits of the rich and the poor. During his research he identified over 300 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots.” Tom decided to write a book to share what he learned. That book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals (1st Edition), went on to become an Amazon Bestseller in the United States forty times over a three year period. To give you some perspective, in order to be a true Amazon Bestseller in the United States, where you actually receive a specific Bestseller designation from Amazon, you need to be in the top 100 of all books sold by Amazon in the United States in a given day. Rich Habits did that for nearly thirty straight days, rising as high as #7, eclipsing such Bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, Robert Kiyosaki and J.K. Rowlings. Imagine that - an unknown, first-time, self-published author selling more books than J.K. Rowlings!

Tom now travels the world, sharing his Rich Habits and motivating audiences at industry conferences, corporate events, universities, multi-level marketing group events, and global sales organizations’ presentations and finance conferences. He has even spoken on the same stage with famous entrepreneurs and personal development experts, such as Sir Richard Branson, Robin Sharma, Dr. Daniel Amen, and many others.

Tom has shared his insights on various national and international network, cable, and Internet television programs such as CBS Evening News, NBC News, Yahoo Financially Fit, Money.com, India TV, News.com Australia, and a host of others. He has been interviewed on many prestigious nationally syndicated radio shows, including the Dave Ramsey Show, Marketplace Money, and WABC.

Tom has been featured in numerous print magazines—such as Money magazine, Inc. Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Fast Company magazine, More magazine, Epoca Magazine (Brazil’s largest weekly) and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine—and various online publications, including USA Today, CNN, MSN Money, SUCCESS.com, Inc.com, and the Huffington Post. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider, Credit.com, Bankrate.com and a few other media outlets.

National publicity has garnered international media attention for Tom and his Rich Habits research spanning 23 countries. Broadcast media, online publications, and television throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Central and South America have shared his powerful message.

In an effort to help parents, grandparents, teachers and adults become success mentors to the younger generation, Tom released his second book, Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to be Happy and Successful in Life in 2014. This book was the self-help category winner of the 2015 New York Book Festival and Runner-up in the prestigious 2015 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Contest. In 2016 Tom released his third book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. This book provides the latest science on habit change as well as more of Tom's unique research on the specific habits that helped transform 177 ordinary individuals into self-made millionaires.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, and hold a master’s degree in taxation. As president of Cerefice and Company, CPAs, Tom heads one of the premier financial firms in New Jersey.
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