Michael Schaus

Cadillac came out with a new commercial. And the Huffington Post hated it, so you know it’s pretty awesome. The ad is an homage to America’s 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 media’s penchant for business has taught us anything, it’s that earning money isn’t 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):

Wow… An American car company exercising the American idea that you can earn anything you want (including a Cadillac ELR – if you’re 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.

Let’s 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, c’mon… 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. Don’t 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 maker’s 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.


Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is the Associate Editor for Townhall Finance, and the Executive Producer for Ransom Notes Radio. He is a former talk show host and political activist. Having worked in fields ranging from construction to financial investment, his perspectives and world views are forged with a deep understanding of what it means to be an American.