From the movie Tucker: A man and his dream. The real life, Preston Tucker played by Jeff Bridges. The scene is a courtroom speech where Tucker has been charged with fraud.
Tucker: When I was a boy, I used to read all about Edison and the Wright brothers, Mr. Ford. They were my heroes. “Rags to Riches” — that’s not just the name of a book, that’s what this country was all about. We invented the “free enterprise” system, where anybody, no matter who he was, where he came from, what class he belonged to — if he came up with a better idea about anything, there’s no limit to how far he could go.
I grew up a generation too late, I guess, because now the way the system works the loner, the dreamer, the crackpot who comes up with some crazy idea that everybody laughs at, that later turns out to revolutionize the world — he’s squashed from above before he even gets his head out of the water because the bureaucrats, they’d rather kill a new idea than let it rock the boat!! If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he’d be thrown in jail for sailing a kite without a license!
It’s true. We’re all puffed up with ourselves now ’cause we invented the bomb –dropped the — beat the daylights out of the Japanese, the Nazis. But if big business closes the door on the little guy with a new idea, we’re not only closing the door on progress, but we’re sabotaging everything that we fought for! Everything that the country stands for!!
And one day we’re going to find ourselves at the bottom of the heap instead of king of the hill, having no idea of how we got there, buying our radios and our cars from our former enemies.
I don’t believe that’s going to happen. I can’t believe it because if I ever stop believing in the plain ‘ole common horse sense of the American people, be no way I could get out of bed in the morning.
No you tube clip of the speech, but here is the movie trailer.
Based on a true story. Shortly after World War II, Preston Tucker is a grandiose schemer with a new dream, to produce the best cars ever made. With the assistance of Abe Karatz and some impressive salesmanship on his own part, he obtains funding and begins to build his factory.
Are we at the bottom of the heap now, are we headed that way. Do the American people still have plain ole common horse sense anymore?