RUSH: There’s a video, folks. It’s clear as a bell. Have you heard — we’ve got the audio coming up — this television commercial of the immigrant from a socialist country who’s become a wealthy man here? He’s run his own ad warning Americans about socialism. Have you heard about that? His name is Thomas Peterffy, and he is a billionaire, Interactive Brokers founder and CEO. He produced his own ad called Freedom to Succeed. CNN has a headline on this: “Rich, Worried and Buying Ad Time.” That’s not what the message is here. This is a message from an American who was born into communism and using his own money to warn of socialism. An American born to communism, trying to inform the rest of the American people what people at CNN believe in and how it’s a dangerous thing.
So CNN’s headline is “Rich, Worried and Buying Ad Time — He’s not running for office. He’s not part of a super PAC. He’s not lobbying for or against any ballot measures. But billionaire Thomas Peterffy is spending millions on television ads this election season with one cautionary message: Avoid socialism.” Okay, Fine, how do you get a headline that says, “Rich, Worried and Buying Ad Time” out of that? Here is Mr. Peterffy’s ad…
PETERFFY: 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. The nation became poorer and poorer, and that’s what I see happening here. As a young boy I was fantasizing about one day going to America, making a success of myself, the American dream. America’s wealth comes from the efforts of people striving for success. Take away their incentive with bad-mouthing success and you take away the wealth that helps us take care of the needy. Yes, in socialism the rich will be poorer, but the poor will also be poorer. People lose interest in really working hard and creating jobs. I think this is a very slippery slope. It seems like people don’t learn from the past. That’s why I’m voting Republican and putting this ad on television.
RUSH: You know what another title for this ad is? “Private citizen buys airtime to do job mainstream media refuses to do.” We’re gonna keep this ad, we’re gonna run it occasionally here. “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. … America’s wealth comes from the efforts of people striving for success.” Not from Barack Obama caring about you. Not from Barack Obama growing government and giving you health care. And of course the media is offended by this. Their way of life is under assault here in this ad. So an American citizen has to spend millions dollars of dollars of his own money to get his message out because he doesn’t find it reflected in the mainstream media of his own country.