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Video – Freedom to Succeed

Video – Freedom to Succeed

From Kevin Rennie’s Daily Ructions:

Greenwich, Connecticut resident Thomas Peterffy takes to the airwaves today to speak of the blessings of freedom. He’s an authority. Peterffy was born, according to Forbes, in Hungary in 1944 “during a Russian bombing raid.” He made it to America in 1965 and became a great success. It is a season of artifice and manipulation in American public life. Peterffy offers a stirring endorsement of freedom. Take a look at the 1 minute ad that hits cable networks today.

He explains how it works: “Take away the incentive with badmouthing success and you take away the wealth that helps us take care of the needy.”


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Mitt needs to have him out on the stump! Beautifully, and succinctly, said. Thank you, Mr. Petterffy, and Professor.

legacyrepublican | October 11, 2012 at 8:21 am


I remember years ago as a pre-teen and a teenager a neighbor showing me a book of money he had which he collected during the 1930s.

It was worthless German money printed as that country fell into economic ruin. Because of what my neighbor taught me, I learned that a country’s debt is a slippery slope too.

We are on a path similar to the one that took Germany into economic ruin turned it into being Nazi Germany.

Thank you for this ad Mr. Peterffy! Bless you!

May we head his warning.

Great ad. Simple and hits the correct points in a very understandable way. Yup.

Great ad. Reminds me of the guy from the USSR who was approaching the Occupy children and teaching them history. The belly-aching people do in this country over the 1% and the 47% tells me they haven’t opened their eyes and looked at other nations…certainly never visited anywhere that crushing poverty exists.

Despite our shortcomings, we are still the world’s refuge for individual liberties and economic opportunities.

I’m thankful for Mr. Peterffy and the others like him.

If you’ve never done it, treat yourself sometime to the experience of attending a Naturalization Ceremony.

Bring kleenex.

    scfanjl in reply to Ragspierre. | October 11, 2012 at 9:44 am

    My naturalization ceremony was on Sept 11, 2008 in L.A. it was very moving Also, the words of the oath should be read by everyone as you realize what it means to be a citizen of the US.

Prof, I clicked the thumbs down by mistake. I just moved into the smart phone world and I am getting used to tiny buttons rather clumsily.

casualobserver | October 11, 2012 at 9:54 am

Key points made without a single overt accusation. Powerful.

One can only imagine the sh*t-storm that is headed towards Mr. Peterffy as this begins to air. When you add this to some of the more outspoken businessmen recently (not just Steve Wynn although that was so cathartic )it packs quite a wallop.

Simple, beautiful, effective message. He puts what is at stake into compelling relief better than any political ad I have seen this year.

9thDistrictNeighbor | October 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

When my dh and I were engaged, my future in-laws gave us an engagement party and invited family and friends. My now mother-in-law was a high-ranking bureaucrat at the UN, and her personal history is similar to Mr. Peterffy’s…she helped Hungarian refugees on arrival to the US in 1956, she being one herself one or two years prior. Many émigrés from Eastern Europe share their experiences—yes, people did escape over the mountains a la “The Sound of Music”. The interesting thing about the party was that those family members in attendance all loved Reagan for standing up to the Russians; my MIL not so much. Actually, she will vote for Elizabeth Warren in a couple of weeks. Even with common experiences, people can draw entirely different conclusions. Mr. Peterffy’s voice is exactly like all the family at that party.

God Bless America.

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This is the story of so many people. My grandfather came to this country by himself as a teenager from Italy in 1910. He worked in a factory. He heard men complain about the cafeteria food. So, he started making good sandwiches and bringing a bag of them to work. They would sell in 5 minutes. He saved money from those sales, and bought a sandwich cart. Business was good enough he could quit the janitor job he hated. This was a big factory in Ct. and there were 3 shifts. The cafeteria wasn’t open for the 3rd shift so he always made sure he was there @ 4-5am. He was there for all 3 shifts, sleeping an hour here and there. From that money he opened a restaurant that both my father and uncle took over when he died. That restaurant employed people for 55 years.

Thanks professor and thank you Mr. Peterffy.

Other such personal accounts were told in the previous presidential election. Their voices were not heeded. Perhaps, this time they will be.


It shows just how degraded and decayed our nation has become that an ad like this is even necessary.

A political ad detailing the consequences of Marxism shouldn’t be necessary here in America. Freedom and Capitalism should be the starting point for all Americans, part of the shared beliefs that define us as a people.

That they are not, and that Marxism, an ideology responsible for the murder and/or enslavement of untold millions, would have a following here, thereby necessitating this video, literally makes me sick.

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Run it. Keep running it. Never let them forget.