Positive thoughts about the Coca Cola ad during the 2014 Super Bowl

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At some point during last night’s Super Bowl, this little ad aired.

http://youtu.be/A8iM73E6JP8

After it was done, my reaction was, “That was well done, I really like that one!”, case closed.  But then this morning when I got on my computer, I was surprised to see a shocking amount of backlash about it.  Some of the complaints are that the American flag wasn’t featured or that everyone should have been speaking English.

After thinking about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that the entire commercial was a good idea, and fine the way it was.  It was Coca Cola’s ad and for the money they paid, they have the right to do whatever they want.  Free speech, and all that jazz.   We let people say negative things about the country all the time, why can’t we accept a compliment gracefully, even if it isn’t delivered the way some want?  After all, Coke was talking about Coca Cola uniting all different people, and the added bonus was that all those people were singing “America the Beautiful”.

For gosh sake, in this world, it’s a bold thing to speak of America favorably, so why the heck are we so quick to try and shoot that down?  If including the heart of E Pluribus Unum in a commercial, by having lots of nationalities singing a song about America in their native tongues, is what it takes for people to feel a moment of patriotism and pride for their country, then so be it.

It was a thoughtful ad, and it started and ended with English being the focus.

I’m going to go have a Coke.

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Am I responsible to pay for your birth control?

After working diligently for my money and the ability to spend it the way I like, the last thing I want to think about is that some of my taxes are going to fund other people’s contraception.

I don’t care if you’re from the inner city or from the ritziest part of New York, I don’t want to pay for your birth control.  If sex matters that much to you, you should be plenty willing to earn the dollars it takes to pay for your own hobby.  If my priorities ever change and this becomes one of my monthly goals, I’ll give up a few things to put the money into a fund for myself.  I won’t expect birth control to be paid for by my government, and thereby fellow citizens, nor will I want that.  My sex is my business, not the 40 strangers I pass on the street.

Expecting other people to pay for my pastime, is like a drunk passing the hat for his addiction.  Irresponsible, yet in a society of entitled individuals, sadly predictable.

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