Thomas Peterffy grew up in socialist Hungary. Even though he didn’t speak English, he knew he wanted that “American Dream” so in 1956, he immigrated to the United States. He worked hard and eventually started his own business that today employs thousands of people. Forbes Magazine estimates Mr. Peterffy’s net worth of $4.6 billion.
Mr. Peterffy isn’t running for any political office. He’s not part of a super PAC or shadowy Spooky Dude. He’s not lobbying for or against any ballot measures. He’s a private citizen who’s afraid of what Socialism can do to our country. He’s also putting his money where his mouth is by spending $5-$10 million dollars on an Ad which is running now through Election Day on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, and test markets in Ohio, Wisconsin, and possibly Florida.
And the Ad itself? It’s simply a plea for an end to what he sees as growing hostility to personal success – and to vote Republican.
“I grew up in a socialist country and I have seen what that does to people. There is no hope, no freedom, no pride in achievement,” he says with a soft Hungarian accent in the ad. “The nation became poorer and poorer, and that’s what I see happening here.”
“America’s wealth comes from the efforts of people striving for success. Take away their incentive with badmouthing success and you take away the wealth that helps us take care of the needy,” he says in the commercial.
Pretty powerful stuff. Check out the 1-minute Ad yourself:
Let’s hope thinking Democrats and Independents are paying attention. But even with such a winsome Ad, the Socialist Left in this country will never get it. They don’t want to “get it”. They say they’re not “against success”, they just want the successful to pay their “fair share”. And remember, a socialist is someone who thinks EVERYTHING benefits from a government program, and bureaucracies are never wrong, or redundant.
Oh wait, maybe that’s the Democratic Party. Sometimes I have trouble telling them apart.