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  1. Profile photo of Stephen Bishop Member

    Simple.

    • #1
    • October 11, 2012 at 1:57 am
  2. Profile photo of Arahant Member
    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!

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    • October 11, 2012 at 4:21 am
  3. Profile photo of Western Chauvinist Member
    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.”

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    • October 11, 2012 at 4:59 am
  4. Profile photo of Barkha Herman Member

    Awesome ad!

    • #4
    • October 11, 2012 at 5:43 am
  5. Profile photo of Mathias Member

    Succinct, clear, and powerful.

    • #5
    • October 11, 2012 at 6:35 am
  6. Profile photo of Chris Campion Thatcher

    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.

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    • October 11, 2012 at 6:45 am
  7. Profile photo of Jimmy Carter Member
    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
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    • October 11, 2012 at 6:56 am
  8. Profile photo of tabula rasa Member

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

    Beautiful ad.

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    • October 11, 2012 at 7:09 am
  9. Profile photo of Mitch Noyes Inactive

    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
    • October 11, 2012 at 7:11 am
  10. Profile photo of Sister Inactive

    Yes, it is a beautiful ad, so personal.

    • #10
    • October 11, 2012 at 7:13 am
  11. Profile photo of Eeyore Member
    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.

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    • October 11, 2012 at 7:28 am
  12. Profile photo of Omid Moghadam Member

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

    • #12
    • October 11, 2012 at 7:31 am
  13. Profile photo of smp16 Inactive

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

    • #13
    • October 11, 2012 at 7:40 am
  14. Profile photo of Joan of Ark La Tex Member
    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. 

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    • October 11, 2012 at 7:55 am
  15. Profile photo of katievs Inactive

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

    • #15
    • October 11, 2012 at 7:57 am
  16. Profile photo of Cornelius Julius Sebastian Thatcher

    This needs to go viral.

    • #16
    • October 11, 2012 at 8:03 am
  17. Profile photo of Joan of Ark La Tex Member

    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
    • October 11, 2012 at 8:05 am
  18. Profile photo of Yeah...ok. Member

    He didn’t build that.

    • #18
    • October 11, 2012 at 8:19 am
  19. Profile photo of Mike H Member

    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!

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    • October 11, 2012 at 8:20 am
  20. Profile photo of Mel Foil Inactive

    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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    • October 11, 2012 at 8:33 am
  21. Profile photo of Spin Inactive

    Excellent. Posted on Facebook with credit to Ricochet (and Pietro). I’m always doing my part!

    • #21
    • October 11, 2012 at 8:49 am
  22. Profile photo of John Davey Member

    That was gorgeous.

    • #22
    • October 11, 2012 at 8:57 am
  23. Profile photo of EThompson Inactive

    This hit home particularly because I love the city of Budapest.

    • #23
    • October 11, 2012 at 8:57 am
  24. Profile photo of HoosierDaddy Inactive

    Did he produce that ad with his own money? How dare he try to buy the election?!

    • #24
    • October 11, 2012 at 9:10 am
  25. Profile photo of Robert Ham Member

    We have friends who have escaped from Czchekoslovakia (1987) and Hungary (1984). Their comments are very similar in that they wonder what has happened to the promise of America for those that want to work and to succeed.

    We have lived outside the US for nearly 7 years. Nearly everyone we got to know wanted to visit the US – and many wanted to live here for the chance at a better life for themselves and their country.

    We have contributed money to Mr. Romney, we have a yard sign up, and our cars have Romney bumper stickers. Since we live in the ” People’s Democratic Republic of California”, our friends inevitably ask if our cars have been keyed yet. Such is the level of tolerance of those that would force us to give more of our money in taxes to be more “tolerant”.

    We encourage all to do a bit more to ensure that we elect Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan to start the process of restoring the American dream.

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    • October 11, 2012 at 9:18 am
  26. Profile photo of HoosierDaddy Inactive
    katievs: Is there anything to compare on the other side? No. This is what gives me hope. · 1 hour ago

    “My parents came here when I was only two years old. I’ve always believed I am an American. I am no different from the neighbor kids I grew up with. Thank you, Governor Perry, for giving me in-state tuition so I could attend the University of Texas. I wish all Republicans were as compassionate as you are.”

    <paid for by the DNC>

    • #26
    • October 11, 2012 at 9:19 am
  27. Profile photo of with me where I am Inactive

    Mitch, I don’t think the video is about winning swing voters and independents. The man is speaking from experience and stating his principles.

    When the President and members of his administration responded to the protests and attacks on our embassies in the Middle East, he didn’t sound terribly happy about our 1st Amendment. And now you appear to be attempting to shut down this argument (after everyone else has moved on) rather than making your own. Your argument is about tactics, what “any one believes,” not about truth.

    Do you have principles, Mitch? State them and argue for them. That’s what this video did.

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    • October 11, 2012 at 10:15 am
  28. Profile photo of Clandesteyn Member

    How much did the Koch brothers pay him?! How dare this immigrant question America’s government! (libs think it’s terribly clever when they co-opt the tactics of the conservative caricatures they fabricate, e.g. questioning patriotism, anti-(legal)immigration, racism, defense of corporatist cronies in the name capitalism, etc.) This foreigner is just plain anti-American!

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    • October 11, 2012 at 10:17 am
  29. Profile photo of ParisParamus Member

    It’s a great ad, but since Western Europe is the Great Temptation, how do you argue that we shouldn’t become Germany? Germany isn’t failing like the rest of Europe, yet it’s arguably much more collectivist than the USA. Ditto Canada, I suppose. How do we respond?

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    • October 11, 2012 at 11:09 am
  30. Profile photo of Israel P. Member

    Reminds me of this from the 2004 GOP Convention:

    I finally arrived here in 1968. What a special day it was. I remember I arrived here with empty pockets but full of dreams, full of determination, full of desire. The presidential campaign was in full swing. I remember watching the Nixon-Humphrey presidential race on TV. A friend of mine who spoke German and English translated for me. I heard Humphrey saying things that sounded like socialism, which I had just left. But then I heard Nixon speak. He was talking about free enterprise, getting the government off your back, lowering the taxes and strengthening the military. Listening to Nixon speak sounded more like a breath of fresh air. I said to my friend, I said, “What party is he?” My friend said, “He’s a Republican.” I said, “Then I am a Republican.” And I have been a Republican ever since.
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    • October 11, 2012 at 11:53 am