Monday, February 06, 2012

Two Minute Warning in America

You may have seen this ad run during the Super Bowl.

We can tell this is a Chrysler ad because logos for Jeep, Dodge, and others appear at the end. But that's our only indication. The theme of the ad is "Halftime in America". The words spoken by Clint Eastwood don't try to sell Chrysler specifically, but rather Detroit, meaning Detroit automakers.

In the course of promoting American automakers, Dirty Harry makes some statements that require a response.
"The people of Detroit know something about this. They almost lost everything. But we all pulled together. Now Motor City is fighting again."
Detroit, the city, is still a black hole of poverty and economic failure created by statist policies. The ad suggests American automakers are once again viable because "we all pulled together". But what does that mean? "Pulling together" is a phrase we use to describe a group of people who voluntarily work together for a common cause. But, could the ad be referring to anything other than the $12,500,000,000 bailout of Chrysler? Under the direction of U.S. president Barack Hussein Obama, the federal government confiscated the property of free, sovereign individuals and gave it to giant corporations and to autoworkers' unions. Nationalization and Corporatism bear no resemblance to the sense of voluntary community conveyed by the phrase "pulling together".
"It seems we've lost our heart at times. The fog of division, discord, and blame made it hard to see what lies ahead."
These words are heard while we see images of vigorous discussion on television and a protest in front of a government building. The ad teaches us here that disagreeing on issues and standing up for what we believe not only demonstrates our lack of compassion, but also clouds our vision of the inevitable future.
"But after those trials, we all rallied around what was right and acted as one."
"Those trials" refers to the aforementioned discussion, debate, and disagreement. "Rallied around" can only refer to the involuntary confiscation of our money. "What was right" refers to corporate and union welfare. "Acted as one" sounds lovely, but refers to what was undeniably forced upon us against our will.
"All that matters now is what's ahead. How do we come from behind? How do we come together, and how do we win?"
Don't look back at what's been done to you or what's been taken from you. You must only think about how to join your assailant in the pursuit of his goals. Resistance is futile.
"Detroit's showing us it can be done. And what's true about them is true about all of us."
Well, "Detroit" must refer to all American carmakers. But Ford did not receive a bailout, and they are currently more successful than those that have. So who exactly is showing us what can be done? But if you accept the disingenuous premise that corporations can only succeed with government intervention, then the lesson here is that individuals also can only succeed with government intervention.

This is not an ad for Chrysler. Its products are not even mentioned. Neither is a reason given for preferring them over competitors' products. This ad promotes statism in the particular form of corporatism, which is historically associated with Fascism. As such, it promotes Barack Hussein Obama's policies and serves quite openly as a campaign advertisement for his reelection. Your money was confiscated to be given to a large, failed corporation, to buy ownership in that corporation for unions, and to create ads for the incumbent president.

It is not "Halftime in America". This is the Two Minute Warning. We are way behind. But, there is still time, and we know the winning strategy. Only we must remain committed to it and not waver. This may be our last chance to put the right players in the game.


Anonymous said...

In an interview in November 2011 (24 Frames ) Eastwood stated"I was against the stimulus thing too. We shouldn't be bailing out the banks and car companies. If a CEO can't figure out how to make his company profitable, then he shouldn't be the CEO." Funny how 3 box office bombs can change an ideology.

On the Mark said...

Ha! Thanks for sharing that. It makes me wonder if he's changed his mind, as you say, or if he just doesn't even realize what he's doing.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I thought the ad was very funny. My wife and I laughed, honestly figuring it was satire. Dirty Harry wouldn't last an hour in Detroit b/f some thugs popped a cap in his arse or did him in execution style.