The Thomas Peterffy Advert: Freedom to Succeed

Ready to have your socks knocked off?

I had heard of this self-funded advertisement on Facebook yesterday. Today I saw it on CNBC when I was catching up on the market.

This should give you goosebumps. This should make you choke up. I hope once you watch it silly ideas fly through your head about the importance of acting on your beliefs.

It made me wonder: What if we each told, in this clear manner, why we are voting the way we will vote? I’m going to put some thought into that.

What I love most about this commercial is that he made it personal. He made it simple. And Peterffy is very, very effective. He came from a socialist environment and sees enough that worries him now to spend his money telling us about it.

Let me know what you think.

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Craig October 25, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Cindy: I think people in general want to avoid Lyle Ruble's topic because it is so disgusting and treasonous. We just want a decent topic to debate. Even his fellow liberals are avoiding his article because of his anti American slant. Both Democrats and Republicans want the USA to prosper- with the exception of Lyle and his small group of co conspirators. If you haven't read the article- don't bother. People who love their Country should boycott the Rube!
Craig October 25, 2012 at 04:07 PM
You could get plenty of debate by posting a short article: "Dems and Repubs....have at it!" I would venture to guess you will have more comments.
Randy1949 October 25, 2012 at 05:46 PM
OMG -- the Individual Mandate! The horror!
Craig October 25, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Ludo: Just for the sake of argument, let's pretend that taxing the rich at 70% will not affect the economy adversely. Let's pretend that it will not cause more unemployment. Let's pretend that it will not cause the rich to become disgusted and take their wealth elsewhere.... Even with taxing them at 100%, it will not do a thing to help the defecit or Debt. We could take all of savings from every US citizen and it still is less than the National Debt. The problem is spending!
Ludo Rogers October 25, 2012 at 08:26 PM
CowDung: Your comments show that a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. The U.S. ranks at the bottom of all industrialized nations in infant mortality. For life expectancy, it ranks 38 in the U.N. list, while Germany ranks 23. "Bismark" is spelled BismarCk. The impression I get from you is the same that I get from many Republicans: scientifically and in terms of their empirical knowledge, they are still stuck in the dark ages. Examples: Women who get raped don't get pregnant if they don't want to. The Earth is not really warming. The Earth was created 5,000 years ago. The Earth is really flat and the sun circles around it. No wonder Republicans like to defund education: they must rely on having semi-literates in their audience to be able to make their claims. 10:16 am on Thursday, October 25, 2012 So? Despite our lack of government provided health care, we still have comparable life expectancies to Germany... Besides, in 1880's Germany, it wasn't really nationalized healthcare. Workers paid into a pool, and payments were made from that pool to take care of sick workers. That's called insurance. Bismark made it mandatory for people to pay into the insurance plan and carry insurance...
CowDung October 25, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Since I haven't made any comments about people being raped, it must be my misspelling of Bismarck's name that gives you the impression that I'm stuck in the dark ages. My apologies to the former Chancellor--I know how he feels. People sometimes spell my last name incorrectly as well. Please lay off the personal attacks if you wish to have a civil discussion. What is the difference in years between #23 and #38? From my view, it looks to be not many (1.2 years maybe?). I'm also not sure that I'd use infant mortality as a true indicator of how good our health system works. This country ends up birthing lots of crack babies and the like. When they don't make it, it isn't necessarily a failing of our healthcare system. Besides, Germany has an insurance based system similar to what we have in the US. It isn't really a national healthcare system like Britain has...
Ludo Rogers October 26, 2012 at 12:28 AM
CowDung: You cannot define away almost 2 years as insignificant. The main difference between almost any industrialized, civilized society is not, of course, whether there is socialized insurance or socialized medicine (to your credit, unlike many Reps. you seem to know the difference), but whether each and every citizen has a right to health insurance, regardless of income. Guess what: Germany has it, the U.S. does not. And no: the abysmal picture in terms of infant mortality is not due to crack babies. That is another pseudo-reason Republicans spout that can only resonate with the braindead. Number 1 reason for the U.S. doing horribly: no guaranteed access for prenatal care. And no, you ain't gonna be able to go to the emergency care unit for that. Your blaming-the-victim argument shows the typical Rep. approach to health care for the poor: it's their fault; let them die. Remember the applause during the Republican debate?
Randy1949 October 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Actually, we're number 37: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVgOl3cETb4
Brian Dey October 26, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Dear Liberals: A simple message, or definition if you will. Any attempt to re-distribute ones earnings is a socialistic idea. It is plain and simple. Let's go through this in a simplistic nature. The Democrats say they want fairness, and feel they can achieve fairness by taking someone else's money to give to someone else that doesn't have as much. What is fair about that? socialism- An economic and social theory that seeks to maximize wealth and opportunity for all people through public ownership and control of industries and social services. Why do we call Obama a socialist? Because through the tax code, Obama is trying to do just that. The ownership is the tax rate. The higher tax rate for corporations over the tax rates for individuals suggests that the corporations own all the wealth, and that because all corporations treat their workers unfairly, that government must level the playing field through government taking more from the corporations and distribute it amongst the rest that are non-owners. While I have had zero investment of the government, my corporation is poised to see an increase as of Jan. 1, 2013 of more than 4%. That extra money is somehow magically going to end up in the hands of the middle class and because I so-called "can afford to do more", it is only fair that the government takes more from me...cont.
Brian Dey October 26, 2012 at 01:20 AM
cont... First off, how is that money going to go into the hands of the middle class? I haven't heard a single word from Obama how that will happen. My guess is that it will mean marginal tax cuts for the middle class. But the math doesn't add up. At least in a risk/reward scenario. What is the reward? Using simple numbers; for every 100 people that make over $250,000, there are 5,000 middleclass workers. On $100, the corp. will now pay $104. $4 now needs to be spread over 5,000. How is that leveling the playing field? That is an 8 cents tax break. That does nothing for the middle class. Risk- In an already volatile marketplace, the corp. will now have to raise the price, provided they can and still sell their goods or services, or will have to reduce the number of workers to cover the cost. The result is either artificial inflation (inflation that was not necessary), or more unemployed. Let's also understand that Obamacare is going to cost employers more already. And this comes from a President that said it is never a good idea to raise taxes on anyone in a recession. And by the way, by the above definition, Lenin and Stalin qualify as socialists. This is what the left calls moderate, and Republicans are radical. Please...
Brian Dey October 26, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Ludo- Here is where you Dems get messed up. I agree that everyone has the right to access healthcare. But you do not have the right to dig into someone else's pocket to purchase it. Big difference. Healthcare reform should have been applied by the civil rights act of 1964 and the 1991 ADA Act, which would have eliminated the insurance companies the ability to deny healthcare.
Ludo Rogers October 26, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Brian: I am not a Dem but an Independent. You had friggin' believe it that I have the right to dig into someone else's pocket to purchase it. It's called living in modernity, or being emancipated from Neanderthalland. Some are still stuck in in.
Ludo Rogers October 26, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Randy1949: Actually, we're number 37: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVgOl3cETb4 Wow, youtube as a credible source. That ranks right after first-year-couldn't-even-hack-community-college-dropouts-Sean H. and Rush L. as credible sources. What's next: the Oracle of Delphi? See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy Now that must have been posted by a bunch of Commies, right?
Brian Dey October 26, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Hey Ludo, then I guess in you new land, I have the right to dig into your pocket to own a gun as I am guaranteed the right to bear arms by the 2nd Amendment. At least by your "new world order of "gimme, gimme, gimme". Try passing the "I'm and independent" crap off to someone who will actually buy the crap your selling. You are an extreme liberal if you believe that government is there for you to get free stuff. Pathetic socialist pig. Move to France if you want free stuff.
Brian Dey October 26, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Sorry Phyllis, but that is pure b.s. See, this is what liberals would like everyone to think. They believe that for every person that becomes wealthy, it translates into more in poverty. As far as I can tell, the wealth of America is not a zero-sum game. Economics 101, people. One only has to look at the number of people unemployed or out of work to understand that the gap in middle class is widening. 23 million are unemployed. That is a large percentage of are economy that is driving the gap. Moreover, the government is propping up companies that employ more outside the U.S. than here at home. of the 252,000 GM employs, 152,000 work and live outside the U.S. Chysler, now 61% owned by the Italian company FIAT, employs 203,000 with 74,000 in the U.S. Obama's government is very good at getting good paying jobs; outside the U.S. This ad just shows with hard work, determination and the willingness to succeed, the U.S. economy isn't a zero-some plutocracy. What else you are not seeing that because of the artificial wage inflations by the unions in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Companies chose to automate once high paying-low skilled jobs. Those that are whining the most, did it to themselves and now want a bailout of their own, via the more than willing Obama administration.
CowDung October 26, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Ludo: Not sure what kind of math you use to translate 1.2 into 'almost 2 years'. We have health insurance for those who are employed and we have Medicare/Medicaid (along with a bunch of state level programs like Badgercare) for those that aren't.
Jay Sykes October 26, 2012 at 02:48 PM
U.S. has a disproportionate number of individuals who die as the result of fatal injuries compared to the other wealthy nations of the world. Fatal injuries occur independently of the condition of the general health of the individual. They do not reflect upon the quality of health care in the USA . If one accounts for non-natural causes of death, such as those resulting from fatal injuries, which include motor vehicle accidents, falls, homicides, etc-- the USA has the HIGHEST life expectancy of the wealthy nations. Our(USA) low ranking in life expectancy is often pointed to as being the result of the deficiencies of the health care system in the U.S. However, that statistic does not account for the fact that we have a notably higher rate of accidental deaths. http://politicalcalculations.blogspot.com/2007/09/natural-life-expectancy-in-united.html#.UIqcMW9ay1w
Randy1949 October 26, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Sorry, Ludo, I should have specified that the #37 referred to the quality of our healthcare system overall according to the World Health Organization's ranking. Considering what we pay per capita, that stinks. Thanks for linking me to the stats on life expectancy, though.
H.E. Pennypacker October 26, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Sure keep trashing our healthcare system. May I suggest that you untraveled liberal rubes leave your basement in Cudahy and try the other forms of healthcare in the US? Our system is the best, but you goons would rather believe the likes of Mr Maddow and Special Ed Schultz
Randy1949 October 26, 2012 at 03:16 PM
No, CowDung, we don't have health coverage for everyone. Medicaid and Badgercare take care of the poorest. Employer-based insurance takes care of the lucky and the well off. But there exists in the middle those folks who make just a little too much to be truly poor but not enough to buy coverage on their own. And some of them have homes and bank accounts to lose in the event of a catastrophic illness.
Caroline Bruce October 31, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Thank you Mr Peterffey for speaking the absolute truth, for spending your own money to say it your own name. Thank you for reminding us why this was a great country once and will be again once if we vote Romney next Tuesday.
Jen November 01, 2012 at 01:59 AM
This ad is nothing but a scare tactic invoked by a billionaire who doesn't want his taxes raised to the same level they were at under Clinton. It's a resurrection of the Republicans 2008 campaign platform and it's old. It didn't work then and it won't work now. Doesn't it bother the Republicans here that he's using your deepest fears to further his own personal agenda? Despicable.
Keith Schmitz November 01, 2012 at 02:13 AM
The problem with Mr. Peterffley's argument is what's going on in this country is light years away from the socialistic scenario he describes in the commercial. If anything, the opposite is happening. So I don't see how it is he is telling the truth. He's just describing an alternative reality, and then gets mad about it. That doesn't rank you too high on the EQ scale.
Ludo Rogers November 01, 2012 at 02:27 AM
"H.E. Pennypacker 10:03 am on Friday, October 26, 2012 Sure keep trashing our healthcare system." You, SIR, cannot handle the TRUTH. The TRUTH is that U.S. health care sucks in its OUTCOMES. Tell me: where does the U.S. rank for infant mortality among industrialized nations?
seth a November 03, 2012 at 01:02 AM
By the way brian ur stupid what do u think social security is reaching in sombodys pocket ur proably a stupid t bagger
AWD November 03, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Due to Obama America has slipped towards race-based socialism. That basically means overwhelming bias for one race above others. Obama hates white people; you don’t spend 20 years in Rev. Wright’s Chicago church and not hate white people. The NAACP today practices racial socialism. Racial Socialism drives the Progressives current assault on American values this election cycle. Obama MUST be defeated.
Brian Dey November 03, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Boy seth. Aren't you the smart one. Must be a product of public education.
Keith Schmitz November 03, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Brian, you are an obvious product of no education, or a skull too thick to absorb it.
Keith Schmitz November 03, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Been a while since I have stopped by. Happy to see Average White Trash you are still howling at the moon.
Bravesfan November 06, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I lived in a post WWII communist country and know how it looks like to starve under communists. However, the images Mr. Peterffy presents in his video shows - most likely - images from times of World War II, the days he wasn't even born yet... I don't know how much may he know about socialism since he has never survived any. Hungary, altogether with Easter European block of countries, was under Soviet occupation and that was far, I mean really far, from socialism. Never dare to compare communism to socialism, especially if none of you have never lived in one. The whole Petterfy video is the perfect representation of post WWII communist Hungary and, God forbid, anybody ever taste the communist system again.


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