Friday, February 14, 2014

Patriotic Car Ads That Play Against Type

Some sites are starting to pick up on the great Cadillac ad starring Neal McDonough.  As you can see, it's written with actual Americans in mind, contrasting with the European attitude exemplified by the French.  Despite the best efforts of the Obama administration to turn us into soft-core socialists of the European sort, or the next step in the descending staircase to something worse, the ad has a good resonance with Americans who understand the actual underpinnings of the country's roots.

McDonough is likely well cast for his body of work, of note to me as Lt "Buck" Compton in HBO's series Band of Brothers (among the greatest works of television) and as the protégé of the Tom Cruise character in Minority Report. Less known is that he is a devout Christian, fired from the cast of 2010's Scoundrels as filming started, due to his refusal to participate in sex scenes.  This would explain why this talented actor isn't getting more play time in Hollywood.

Ed Driscoll took note as well and tossed in an earlier ad for Chrysler, again playing on age-old American sentiment.

As they say, this is some great stuff, but the unexplained irony of both of the ads is that the two auto manufacturers, General Motors and Chrysler, saw the Obama administration roll over and reformulate them into bank accounts for the unions, lending even more veracity to the quip that the traditional American auto manufacturers were union pension and health-care plans that make cars on the side.  GM, known thereafter as 'Government Motors', saw its president fired by Obama, a foreshadowing of his recent ukases that are remarkable not only for his usurpation of his constitutional authority as for seeing the press and Congress in their supine response.  Chrysler, or whatever was left over from the unions, has since been acquired by Fiat (as in the Italian auto corporation, not the 'fiat' that marks Obama's preferred method of governance).

If the ads tap into that resentment starting to swell about a return to the traditional American work ethic as opposed to the Democrats' knee-jerk reaction to the recent devastating CBO report (people who have their work hours cut by ObamaCare – along with their income – will be more free to pursue hobbies!), which could turn out to be even worse than anticipated, then maybe – and hopefully – that is a foreshadowing of that same reaction in the upcoming elections.

And as for that Democrat reaction – less employment is actually a good thing – why is it that we are only now hearing about that? If that was such a neat idea, and part of the plan, wouldn't you think that the Democrats would have touted that outcome from the very beginning?

Update: For that last Chrysler ad, Range Rover came up with a great response, including a real Challenger for British military aficionados (and a good example for fans of British humour):

1 comment:

  1. Pretty funny, all three of them. Nice to have a laugh now and then. But if McDonaugh had a trifle more sense, he would be driving a Mercedes.


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