The Moral Paper Route

A pretty astonishing video, created by Jared Fuller, that won the American Enterprise Institute’s video contest, “Make a Moral Case for Free Enterprise:”

“They didn’t build that.”

Watch the video and see, once again, just how insulting and ignorant President Obama was when he said those words.

  1. FightinInPhilly

    Exceptional. And if Romney wins, he should just play this on a loop and skip the inaugural nonsense.

  2. Bern SHN

    Ok, I teared up.  I admit it.

  3. Joseph Eagar
    Bern SHN: This video coupled with the ad that Peter linked to really gets to the bottom of what this election season is about: the American Dream.  At its core, I think that’s what we’re fighting for.  · 5 hours ago

    That’s a great ad.

  4. George Savage
    C
    Bern SHN: Ok, I teared up.  I admit it. · 23 minutes ago

    Bern SHN, I teared up, too.  That is a very powerful story, powerfully presented

    Free enterprise needs to be framed in a moral context, as with this video.  Otherwise, we have nothing to put up against the Left’s morality tales about greed vs. the needy.

  5. iWc

    Stunning.

    I cried, too.

    G-d Bless America.

  6. DocJay

    Damn straight!

    My roommate at UCSD one year was a Vietnamese man 3-4 years off the boat.  Pirates hit their ship, raping his sister and stealing what little they had.  A baby died and was eaten by people other than the mom as they were starving to death.  Nygiem was the happiest person to be alive and participating in the American dream I ever knew.  His life was dedicated to getting ahead to provide for his family.  I am sure he succeeded.   If that is not what we should embrace as Americans, I have no idea what we should.

    Obama represents a cancerous thought process designed to kill the American dream.  This election is our only chance to avoid certain death as a nation.  

  7. Eeyore
    DocJay:  Obama represents a cancerous thought process designed to kill the American dream.  This election is our only chance to avoid certain death as a nation. 

    I suspect over the next few weeks you’ll quit this sugar-coating of what you think is at stake.

  8. Guruforhire

    Dang it!  You made me feel feelings.

  9. Mollie Hemingway
    C
    DocJay: Damn straight!

    My roommate at UCSD one year was a Vietnamese man 3-4 years off the boat.  Pirates hit their ship, raping his sister and stealing what little they had.  A baby died and was eaten by people other than the mom as they were starving to death.  Nygiem was the happiest person to be alive and participating in the American dream I ever knew.  His life was dedicated to getting ahead to provide for his family.  I am sure he succeeded.   If that is not what we should embrace as Americans, I have no idea what we should.

    Every time we visit the local Viet Namese part of town, my husband says, “These are my people. And by my people, I mean anti-Communists.”

    I feel at home there, too.

  10. Joseph Eagar

    What I found most offensive about Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comment is his ignorant assumption that entrepreneurs are motivated by an immoral sense of greed.  That simply isn’t the case.  Entrepreneurs often work for years on little pay, with great financial risk, in anticipation for a big payout.  There is nothing wrong with earning a million dollars in one year, if someone spent the previous ten years being poor.

    Frankly, I’m a little sick of how liberals complain about the private sector, even as they’ve steadily shrunk the size of the economy that is truly competitive and dynamic.  Somehow, they expect those of us in competitive, productive sectors to pay for a liberal laundry list of social programs, even as liberals steadily shrink the size and number of competitive sectors.  They are killing their revenue base.

  11. notmarx
    Joseph Eagar: …his ignorant assumption that entrepreneurs are motivated by an immoral sense of greed.  That simply isn’t the case. 

    George Gilder hinted at this in his Uncommon Knowledge interview.  One reason entrepreneurs do what they do is that they’re good at it.  People like to do what they’re good at.  I know businessman, well past the age of retirement, who have more than they ever wanted, who keep at it – for the same reason Leonard Bernstein kept conducting when he could hardly breathe and had to be helped to the podium.  They have a talent – or a congress of talents (say horse-sense, intuition, the ability to read a man’s character, or look at a page of statistics and know what’s likely coming next) – that they love to exercise, and which brings them a unique pleasure.   Rob Long seems to have sensed that elan vital in Mitt Romney when he debated the President.  Seeing excellence at play can be exhilarating.

  12. Bern SHN

    This video coupled with the ad that Peter linked to really gets to the bottom of what this election season is about: the American Dream.  At its core, I think that’s what we’re fighting for. 

  13. DocJay
    Eeyore

    DocJay:  Obama represents a cancerous thought process designed to kill the American dream.  This election is our only chance to avoid certain death as a nation. 

    I suspect over the next few weeks you’ll quit this sugar-coating of what you think is at stake. · 4 hours ago

    You should see the non politically correct versions I edit ;).

    I know I’m right about this being our final chance.   Some of my most nationally respected clients feel the same way.  Spain is one level above junk bond status today, California is creeping that way and our nation shall follow it off the cliff.  

  14. Diaryof1

    Wow. I’ve been looking forward to seeing the winner of the contest and did not expect this. This was amazingly powerful. FightinInPhilly says if Romney wins he should play this on loop…I say he should play it NOW. I’ll be posting it everywhere I can, every chance I get.

  15. Stu In Tokyo

    Man that was great, I too teared up, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

    I’m an Entrepreneur, and I’m very proud to be one. A few AMUs ago when the whole “You didn’t build that” comment was discussed, I got on my soapbox and went off, I really did rant on a bit, and this video nails why I did.

    Domo!

  16. HoosierDaddy

    Seeing the boy sell his violin to give money to the parents was heartbreaking to me.

    The best message was that they didn’t complain or feel sorry for themselves, they just started over. Most small businesses fail in any case, even without regulatory obstacles. It is the persistence that is the most crucial quality. 

  17. EThompson

    Wow; this is the quote of the day:

    “The great virtue of a free market system is… It only cares whether you can produce something you want to buy.”

  18. Barkha Herman

    Wow!  This was awesome!

    Thanks for sharing, Rob.  Will have to check out the other entries.

  19. Chris Gregerson

    This was very touching. Makes be proud to be a capitalist, an adherent to the only form of economic freedom.

  20. Mel Foil

    Sometimes, it’s “you didn’t build that so perfectly that we can’t take it away from you.”

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