Cars + Freedom = America

As everyone on the other side of the pond and at least a handful of people over here know, the United States recently won a football match against England in the World Cup, when the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

To celebrate the match, remind the British of America’s revolution once again, and of course sell cars, Dodge made a commercial for the 2010 Challenger that has King George III‘s redcoats facing off against George Washington and his band of motor vehicles.

The advert has it all – American folklore, the British running from Washington (and his car) in fear, and a narrator professing that “here’s a couple of things America got right – cars, and freedom.”

Every nation does it, but nobody does it better than America. I don’t mean making cars or being free, but propelling patriotism and creation myths into the national consciousness.

Some people think that such a practice hasn’t always made things work out so well for the United States. Others, like Stephen Colbert, use it as a vehicle for brilliant satire. In the case of this commercial, it just ends up being a lot of fun.*

*Yes, a lot of people probably disagree with me that it’s all in good fun. So go ahead, that’s why George Washington gave you the freedom to leave comments.

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2 Comments on “Cars + Freedom = America”

  1. Jeremy Says:

    A draw being spun into a win? Sounds more like 1812 than 1776 …

    “I’d like to be a good American and write an elegy to the automobile. But no matter where it takes me, I don’t really feel any different.”
    -Dan Bern

  2. Lime Says:

    Can’t it be all three? Nobody does cars, freedom, or propelling patriotism and creation myths into the national consciousness better than America. Seems to me like those are all probably true.


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