The Most Powerful Sixty Seconds of the Entire Campaign Season

If you think there’s nothing left to learn from the Cold War, think again.

  1. Arahant
    Joan Greathouse:    And I still cannot wrap my mind around the fact that so many Americans want to go down that “slope”. 

    It’s not a “slope”; it’s a cliff!

  2. Western Chauvinist
    tabula rasa: As the supposed party of science and rationalism, one can only wonder why the Democrats are immune from the lessons of history.

    No, no, no. It’s not that Democrats don’t learn from history. It’s that what they’re attempting isn’t socialism. It’s because you’re a member of the reactionary party that you misunderstand. Or, in other words so eloquently stated by Andrew Klavan, “shut up.”

  3. Barkha Herman

    Awesome ad!  

  4. Mathias

    Succinct, clear, and powerful.

  5. Chris Campion

    Perfect.  Contrast this man’s story with those who are caterwauling for a free Obamaphone ™, and, well, you’ve got the election summed up in 60 seconds.

  6. Jimmy Carter
    Chris Campion: Perfect.  Contrast this man’s story with those who are caterwauling for a free Obamaphone ™, and, well, you’ve got the election summed up in 60 seconds. · 1 minute ago

  7. tabula rasa

    As the supposed party of science and rationalism, one can only wonder why the Democrats are immune from the lessons of history.

    Beautiful ad.

  8. Mitch Noyes

    Sorry, I don’t think this plays with independents and swing voters. I think it comes off as a slightly hysterical comparison by a scared old man. It is easily dismissed as, “The world’s going to hell in a hand basket! Back in my day…”

    I don’t think the average voter remembers or really understood to begin with what socialism is or how Obama’s policies parallel what happened behind the Iron Curtain. What’s more, I don’t feel like any one believes we’re anywhere near gulags, purges, or that they’re in danger of neighbors and family ratting them out to the secret police. We aren’t seeing millions of people disappear and get murdered.

    Overreaching on the, “We’re becoming Communist Russia!” rhetoric is on par with Godwinning a conversation.

    Sorry Peter, this isn’t 1980 anymore. This ad is a dud.

  9. Sister

    Yes, it is a beautiful ad,  so personal.

  10. Eeyore
    tabula rasa: one can only wonder why the Democrats are immune from the lessons of history.

    Those people all did it wrong. We’ll do it right. We’re more committed, have more information and – after all – we have, like, Facebook and Twitter.

  11. Omid Moghadam

    Wow, what a great ad! Some body send the link to Walter Duranty, sorry I mean Thomas Friedman.

  12. smp16

    That is a really great ad! Very powerful and gets the point across.

  13. Joan of Ark La Tex
    Eeyore

    tabula rasa: one can only wonder why the Democrats are immune from the lessons of history.

    Thosepeople all did it wrong. We’lldo it right. We’re more committed, have more information and – after all – we have, like, Facebook and Twitter. · 15 minutes ago

    and Hollywood. 

  14. katievs

    Is there anything to compare on the other side?  No.  This is what gives me hope.

  15. Cornelius Julius Sebastian

    This needs to go viral.

  16. Joan of Ark La Tex

    2 generations ago, my family lost everything to communism, I saw how my father toiled all his life in Singapore, despite being a far better political reality than China. My grandparents in Communist China eventually all either starved to death or left to die without medical help. A month after his retirement, my father was diagnosed with cancer and eventually died in the hands of bureaucrats under a healthcare system liken to Obamacare (of that time). This ad is powerful because it is truthful about the evil inherent in socialism and communism. And I still cannot wrap my mind around the fact that so many Americans want to go down that “slope”. 

  17. Yeah...ok.

    He didn’t build that.

  18. Mike H

    I saw this on TV tonight in Columbus, Ohio and I was so excited. I’ve worked withpeople who have grown up in socialism, and they are livid when people glorify places like Cuba. And this is in freaking academia!

  19. Mel Foil

    In the Minnesota farm town where my mother grew up, government might as well have been a thousand miles away. If you needed something, like help with the harvest, or building a barn, you could negotiate with (or just call on) your neighbors. Nobody else was going to help you. “Help me dig a well, and I’ve give you a year’s worth of free eggs.” They didn’t have a lot of money, but they had plenty of food to trade. Free markets work beautifully, but it’s like a muscle. You have to exercise it, or you lose it. In socialism, the independence muscle withers away, along with the satisfaction that comes from working out your own solutions. The saddest people are those with lots of responsibility, and absolutely no authority to change things.

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