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February 26, 2013

What a Super Bowl ad tells us about ourselves

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Messrs. Romney and Ryan were right about the economy, but they couldn't open the door to discuss the hard choices necessary to fix it because their campaign felt ultimately more about aseptic balance sheets than about America.

That ironically helped to hand the win to the guy who wanted to redefine the American dream to one of dependency on government throughout every stage of life.

But the success of the ad, at least in page views if not in trucks sold at this point, should give liberals and progressives pause. As corny as some might say it is and as dependent on government aid as so many farmers are, doesn't change the fact that the virtues it celebrates were fundamental to the founding of this country and still endure.

It's impossible to imagine an ad celebrating the life of "Julia" - the Obama campaign's embodiment of the new woman whose success hinges on government aid from cradle to grave - that could arouse such a visceral response.

As one commenter said after watching the ad, "I sure want to buy a farmer."

About half of Americans are subsidized by the government, but do they want to "buy" that image of themselves? Not yet, in my opinion.

Why else would a heartfelt speech about the demanding life of farmers given in 1978 at a Future Farmers of America convention win so many fans across the country in 2013? And to give another example, why would Ayn Rand's 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged, a celebration of the individual against the tyranny of the government, remain on all-time bestseller lists?

Those two items should scare those who think that God and the Constitution are dead and government is the solution to civil society's ills. They may be winning, based on statistics of government dependency, but they are not yet the legitimate heirs to the American political throne.

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