“Halftime in America”: Take my hand and we’ll make it, I swear

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Its halftime! The bowl of nachos is half gone, the wings are nearing dangerously low levels, and I don’t think I can drink another soda.

This would be a great time to check the ole FB page to look at all of the comments from the “greatest coaches”…the fans. I then hear the voice of what I think is Batman, which of course pulls my eyes to the television. However, I am pleased to see something better: Clint Eastwood. Over the next couple of minutes, I see some inspiring images of not only a city coming back from the Great Recession, but a nation re-emerging.

For the first time in a long time, I see something positive being said about America. This Chrysler commercial is inspirational to anyone that has suffered hard times, and was a signal that things will be better again. The images of Americans working together for a common cause certainly are reminding people of what this nation can do as one people. Chrysler is championing the enduring spirit of our nation, and at the same time selling a car.

As the commercial comes to an end, Clint Eastwood says, “It’s halftime in America, and our second half is about to begin.” These words spoken by Eastwood embody the hopes of so many Americans that this economic nightmare may finally be behind us. If our troubled Republic is ever to recover economically, socially and politically, it is necessary that we must believe in ourselves again.

Unfortunately, everyone loves controversy. To borrow a quote from Robert Frost, “Nothing gold can stay.” The Chrysler commercial has been attacked by members of the right and left as being overtly political.

The Obama administration has tried to co-opt this commercial by saying it was an example of their economic recovery plan. The initial “tweets” of Obama administration officials ignited this controversy only a few minutes after the commercial aired.

While most Americans were feeling good about this troubled nation of ours, political spin doctors were trying to manipulate. Karl Rove claims, “This is what happens with crony capitalism” when he appeared on The O’Reilly Factor the following night. Rove strongly believes that this ad was used by the Obama administration to gain support for their economic policies. Mr. Rove seems to forget that bailouts of the auto industry and banks also occurred while he was an adviser to President Bush.

It is an absolute shame that not even the small things like a Super Bowl commercial can be enjoyed without the politicians in Washington interfering. Instead of congratulating Chrysler for making such a quick turnaround, politicians are lining up to take the credit. Whether it be President Obama for claiming the bailout worked or Mitt Romney for claiming his plan would have worked better.

It seems the politicians ignored what was trying to be conveyed, and took their own interpretations (as usual). This is not only a commercial, but also it is a calling to Americans to take charge of their future. The images of a bustling factory and people on the move were signs of the renewed hope in the nation’s future. Chrysler has emerged from bankruptcy as a stronger company that is able to take on the challenges of global competition. If America wishes to remain a strong nation in the future, it should take some tips from Chrysler by saluting not the only leaders, but the people.