Skip to comments.Huffington Post Terrified by “American Dream” Commercial
Posted on 03/07/2014 5:50:42 AM PST by Kaslin
Cadillac came out with a new commercial. And the Huffington Post hated it, so you know its pretty awesome. The ad is an homage to Americas tradition of hard work and a slam against European Socialism. (Of course, it does this while selling, of all things, an electric hybrid.) Huff Po immediately elected to decry the ad Because if the Liberal medias penchant for business has taught us anything, its that earning money isnt the most important thing.
Now, prepare yourself to be motivated for a few more hours at the office (and this is coming from a guy who hates electric cars almost as much as he hates Cadillac):
The First Ever 2014 Cadillac ELR: Poolside
An American car company exercising the American idea that you can earn anything you want (including a Cadillac ELR if youre into that sort of thing) with a little dreaming and elbow grease
Clearly this is a horrible message to send to the masses. Huff Po decided to begin their
trashing critique of the ad in the following manner:
There are plenty of things to celebrate about being American, but being possessed by a blind mania for working yourself into the ground, buying more stuff, and mocking people in other countries just isn't one of them.
Lets be honest: We really only mock the French. It might be safe to point out that no-one enjoys the prospect of 40 plus hours per week of the daily grind. (For those of you who are liberal, unemployed, or French, the daily grind refers to work.) But, cmon When did we start knocking hard work in this country? I kinda thought that was what was supposed to earn you that Rockefeller bank account. Dont we like the guy that works his tail off to provide his kids with a backyard pool? (I guess I forgot that we live in a world that clamors for a $15 per-hour minimum wage.)
Huff Po went on to describe the American car makers ad as being:
a completely shameless celebration of our work-hard-buy-more culture, with a blanket dismissal of other countries and their laziness tossed in for good measure.
Shameless? Really? I always thought that aspirations for a better life, through hard work and tireless hours, was what the American dream was all about. But the Huffington continued on:
"Why aren't you like that?" he [Neil McDonough] says. "Why aren't we like that? Because we're crazy, driven, hard-working believers, that's why." By this point, the ad has already become little more than a parody of itself, but we had to ask: believers in what? The pursuit of "stuff."
Um Like it or not, stuff is kinda responsible for driving the economy. In fact, it is the economy. Even the very liberal Paul Krugman is under the impression that people buying stuff will help other people earn more money to buy stuff of their own. So what is wrong with McDonough spending his money purchasing stuff from people with other stuff for sale? Or are we all supposed to disregard the antiquated notion of hard work, and wait for government to redistribute McDonoughs stuff to people who are under-stuffed, so that they dont have to work for their stuff? (Wow This just turned into a [profanity laced] George Carlin sketch.) Oh, and by the way, whats wrong with being believers? Did I miss a meeting with the re-writing of Americanism?
The Mad Men who pitched Cadillac their endlessly merican idea made another mistake, according to the Huffington Post: They referenced the glory-days of the Space Race. (Ya know When the Soviet model of work less make more failed to win the race to the moon.)
The other reason for America's superiority, according to Cadillac? Our unrivalled space exploration program ("We're the only ones going back up [to the moon]," the ad boasts). Nevermind the fact that the U.S. government is now paying Russia $70 million a pop to shuttle NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.
Alright Valid point. Of course our beloved anti-work-liberal-rag fails to mention that our astronauts are currently hitching rides to the Russian controlled space-station because their Stuff-Redistributor-in-Chief (Obama) grounded our shuttles. Look! We got to the moon first, and we are leading the way in space exploration! Now can we treat Russia like some overpriced space-cabbie so we can study the impact zero-gravity has on the scent of flowers? (Really That was an actual study. Yes, we have fallen far from the days of Alan Shepard hitting golf balls off the face of our lunar satellite.)
Of course, the Huffington Post wasnt quite done with their incredulous (and self-righteous) critique of Cadillacs ode to hard work:
Now, the luxury car company is selling a vision of the American Dream at its worst: Work yourself into the ground, take as little time off as possible, and buy expensive sh*t (specifically, a 2014 Cadillac ELR).
Hey, Huff Post: How else are you supposed to afford a pool, 2.5 kids, a huge kitchen, tailored suit, and a $75,000 Cadillac? Subsidies? (I acknowledge that inheritance is an option But, lets face it: Hard work even earned the Kennedy their fortune. Although, it was earned illegally and is currently being wasted by liberal elites who disdain everything about work.)
See, according to the Huff Po, were supposed to disdain the idea of hard work and well-earned reward. Apparently, the only people worthy of pools, ELRs, and expensive suits, are trust fund babies who land some comfy internship on the East Coast, where they learn how to spend other peoples money. Of course, Im sure they get that Chevy Volt (a liberal-elite status symbol cleverly designed as a spontaneously combustible electric vehicle) because they have to have it. After all, what else will they brag about when they go to that cocktail fundraiser for Bill de Blasios most recent progressive cause?
Liberals arent infuriated with overpriced stuff. (How else do you explain Urban Outfitters?). The real problem Huffington Post has with the commercial is their glamorization of hard work. (Which makes sense if you are familiar with the HP's journalistic sloppiness.) Didnt we used to live in a world that praised hard work? Since when did the accumulation of wealth (and *gasp* STUFF!) become a sin?
Of course, this kinda explains the tax theory behind Democrat budgets The progressive tax is really just a sin tax One commentator on the YouTube video unwittingly dismantled the Huffington Post objection with a strangely liberal comment:
I'd take more vacation any-day over a Cadillac.
Good for you, YouTube commenter And enjoy your vacation at some un-known resort during coupon week. The rest of us are going to work our tails off to give our kids a better life, our family a better vacation (even if it is only two weeks), and maybe even a bit more stuff I always thought America liked to earn luxury.
Keep up the easy work Huff Po. It suits you.
But, but....Government Motors produces Cadillac..
I agree, to some extent, with their decrying of the emphasis on “stuff.” There is nothing particularly conservative about conspicuous consumption or materialism.
Never have understood why they encourage Mexicans or Mongolians to express pride in their country and heritage but denounce Americans for doing so.
Evan Sayet explains it, if you’re interested.
Adam Smith’s invisible hand working overtime
The Marxists are who and what they are. You cannot expect them to change.
I don’t think the message purely about getting “stuff”. It’s more indicative of our culture to innovate, strive and succeed. Those things are good for the human soul and those are among the things that make us exceptional.
It's what you replace conspicuous consumption with that really matters.
Yeah, the Government Motors stigma us the driving force behind this ad.
AND I have no doubt that the “outrage” over it by Libs is pretty much contrived in a quasi-effort to triangulate the auto bailout.
Why is the HuffPo just waking up to outrage now?
Because the author missed a few deadlines since he/she is not “...possessed by a blind mania for working yourself into the ground...”. :-D
The Marxists are who and what they are. You cannot expect them to change.
These people are committed ideologues. There’s no reasoning with them.
Lestists love to criticize and blame. It makes them feel superior. Obama is an archetype in this regard.
So now we aren’t supposed to make fun of the French? Wow. I’ll have to ask my liberal friends.
Adam Smith was merely observing and describing
“reality as God made it”.
Look at the difference between the builders of the great tax-exempt "charitable" foundations and the people who wield them now. It was Rockefeller who sponsored Kinsey. It has been Ford and Carnegie who have wrecked the education system. The Packard Foundation, the Pews, and Ted Turner's money fund the environmental move-mint. Believe me, none of those activities are directed for anything other than profit without work; in fact, they despise it.
This is how the consequences filter back through the culture, and in some respects it is why.
"Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
A few years back, I could see Denis Leary doing that commercial.
Would have been a hoot.
“Yeah, the Government Motors stigma us the driving force behind this ad. AND I have no doubt that the outrage over it by Libs is pretty much contrived in a quasi-effort to triangulate the auto bailout.”
May be. But, I nevertheless plead guilty to liking the add. What low information voters are incapable of understanding is that had GM had been forced to declare bankruptcy and restructure it would have come out the other side a leaner, more efficient and more profitable company. Just a side note; when I hear some liberal claim that GM has paid back all it’s obligations I think about the 2,000 shares of common stock that turned to dirt for my wife and me for which we didn’t receive a penny of remuneration. No, the amount of shares wasn’t a great amount of stock but we aren’t rich and it hurt. And, there were/are thousands of people like us. GM was known as a “widows and orphans” stock because it paid pretty good dividends. Thereby, a lot of stock holders were people if modest means.
Leary does Ford Truck commercials.
I noticed in the commercial that he unplugged the ELR before getting in.
I haven’t kept up on Cadillacs (thanks to Obama, owning a new Cadillac is about as likely as owning a new Rolls), but it appears the ELR is a plug in hybrid.
Shouldn’t the HP loons be swooning about it’s green-nes?
I like the ad too.
But my background in marketing (mostly academic with some practical) leads me to conclude that I’m being manipulated. Both by the ad, and by the histrionic reaction to it by Liberal groups.
The Obameconomy is going to be a major issue in 2016. “Bin Laden Dead/GM Alive” worked well in 2012. OBL’s death will have faded as an issue, but the performance of GM could be front an center. The Dems NEED people to buy GM cars ...
I will never buy another GM, but this is an awesome ad.
The fact that it’s advertising a technological advance that will speed the day when the barbarians have no use for their oil other than to make camel lube is the cherry on the sundae.
P.S...I think spending 75k on a car is NUTS, but don't begrudge someone who wants to do that.
This commercial is just manipulative crap. The target demographic gets its buttons pushed and loves it. Honestly, you’d think conservatives endlessly yelping about the free market would be a bit more savvy about how the free market works.
I also don’t agree with the cultural emphasis on buying ‘stuff’. I leave that up to the individual, but I can still criticize it as on a cultural value basis if I want to.
But here is the difference. Liberals use ‘stuff’ to define equality (or rather lack of equality) and use ‘stuff’ to engender all manner of ENVY in the less-stuff class. They define ‘stuff’ as wealth when wealth is something completely different
Also, they aren’t against ‘stuff’, they just want you to buy the kind of ‘stuff’ they approve of.
And as the article pointed out, their hero Krugman is ALL THE TIME promoting mass consumption of ‘stuff’ as the be all and end all of economic ‘growth’. That is literally all he talks about day in and day out.
So yeah ... the hypocrisy ... it burns.
“But my background in marketing (mostly academic with some practical) leads me to conclude that Im being manipulated.”
Well, isn’t manipulation and mind shaping an objective of all advertisementing? But, nevertheless I agree with the thesis of your posting. Btw, GM still has not resolved its labor and pension cost problem. And, It’s still not running a net profit as a stand alone entity. Hopefully, we will have a conservative POTUS when it’s next bust comes. Hey, a guy can dream can’t he? :)
Yeah, my typing didn’t keep up with my thought process and I left off the part about the manipulation being done in significant part for political purposes.
The Libs have a HUGE political stake in the success of GM. They need GM to sell cars, and to people who are able to get past (or just forget) the Government Motors stigma.
So you have an ad that makes it an act of American patriotism to buy a Caddy, coupled with a contrived outrage response that adds to the patriotic appeal the peception that doing so will tick off Liberals too.
I hope to see GM crash and burn in to the ash heap of history. This is a government owned company that had their cronies in the US government STEAL from millions of Americans to feed their UAW trough. Pathetic excuse for a company.
Huffington Post is just upset because “Cadillac” is a term reserved for berating evyil rich 1%rs. If this same vehicle used a Prius they’d be wiping the slobber off their chins.
First time I’ve even heard about it.
I didn’t watch the Super Bowl.
I was working.