Editor’s Note: This was a popular story with our readers when it originally ran; we’re re-posting it here in case you missed it.
Ah, the Chevrolet Corvette. It’s pretty much the all-American sign that you’ve made it — that your hard work has paid off. And, at least for one owner, it made him a target of success-hating liberals.
Thankfully, he had a brilliant comeback that he managed to share with everyone on social media. Now, two years after Tom Nicholson’s story first went viral, it’s a good time to look back on one of the most amazing examples of owning the libs that we’ve seen.
There’s no way of knowing if the anecdote is literally true, let’s get that out of the way at the beginning. But the lesson it teaches is certainly true, and one American kids should be learning every day if they want to be a successful in life.
“A guy looked at my Corvette the other day and said I wonder how many people could have been fed for the money that sports car cost,” Nicholson wrote.
“I replied I am not sure, it fed a lot of families in Bowling Green, Kentucky who built it, it fed the people who make the tires, it fed the people who made the components that went into it, it fed the people in the copper mine who mined the copper for the wires, it fed people in Decatur IL. at Caterpillar who make the trucks that haul the copper ore,” he continued.
“It fed the trucking people who hauled it from the plant to the dealer and fed the people working at the dealership and their families. BUT,… I have to admit, I guess I really don’t know how many people it fed.”
However, he did know the import of the question he was asked — and what it said about the guy in the story who asked it.
“That is the difference between capitalism and welfare mentality,” he wrote.
“When you buy something, you put money in people’s pockets, and give them dignity for their skills.
“When you give someone something for nothing, you rob them of their dignity and self worth.
“Capitalism is freely giving your money in exchange for something of value,” he continued.
“Socialism is taking your money against your will and shoving something down your throat that you never asked for.”
Mike Rowe couldn’t have said it better.
Nicholson’s tale has gotten over 1.1 million reactions and garnered over 112,000 comments in the two years since it’s been posted, and it’s easy to see why.
The fact that we’ve seen the zombie-like resurrection of socialism as a legitimate form of economics. While its tenets may be more nuanced than the example Mr. Nicholson gave us, it can still be reduced to this: How dare you have stuff other people don’t have?
Fortunately, one imagines there will always be people like Nicholson around to teach liberals a little something about motivation and the benefits of capitalism. Hear, hear, Mr. Nicholson. You’ve more than earned that Corvette.
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