Going Galt -- Conservatives love Ayn Rand?

"Going Galt " - Conservatives Love Ayn Rand? by Al Bratton April 3, 2009 "What with all this economic turmoil of late, not to mention a suspected socialist in the White House, right-wing pundits like femmebot Michelle Malkin and fellow Fox-friendly cretin Glenn Beck are looking to `author, philosopher and female comb-over pioneer' Ayn Rand for guidance. Stephen Colbert thinks they should move to an island all their own, where less work gets done on purpose." http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/200 90312_colbert_report_conservatives_heart s_ayn_rand/ In almost every nook and cranny of the internet these days it seems there can be found some citation to Rand and her book Atlas Shrugged and "Going Galt"an allusion to John Galt the main character in the 1957 novel. In one instance, a web page was captioned "Conservatives Love Ayn Rand." The website The Democratic Strategists, posted an article by Ed Kilgore titled, "Rand & Conservatives: A Reminder to Galt Fans" March 15, 2009. read the complete article: http://www.thedemocraticstrategists.org/ ac/2009/03/rand_and_conservatives_a_remi n.php These are excerpts from Kilgore's article: One of the odder phenomena of contemporary public life is the enthusiasm of conservative gabbers and even elected officials for the idea of "Going Galt:" the suggestion that the oppressed wealthy of America withdraw their vast contributions to the commonwealth in protest against the supposedly confiscatory taxes and redistribution of income to the morally depraved underway at the behest of the Obama administration. The allusion is to John Galt, the hero of Ayn Rand's 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged, that massive tome that represented the Summa of her rigorously capitalist, atheist, and anti-altruist philosophy of "Objectivism," which has captured a vast number of adolescents and an impressive number of adults over the last several decades. I've written about this in the context of U.S. Rep. John Campbell's (R-CA) claim that "we're living through the scenario" laid out in Atlas Shrugged, wherein the industrial leaders of the West, ..." drop out, take to the Rockies, and finally, through Galt's voice--...chastise an economically helpless nation. ...talk about "going Galt" has spread like kudzu. It's merged, ... with the Rick-Santelli-spawned Tea Party "movement" of "productive" people fed up with the poor-and-minority scum .... ... I also don't need to analyze the absurdity of well-heeled, not-going-anywhere conservative bloggers and pundits like Michelle Malkin ... to encourage others to "go Galt,"... ... I'd like to ... remind folks tempted to "go Gault" or to gush ignorantly about the subject in blogs or on Fox that they are flirting with a philosophy... expressly hostile to anything that could remotely be described as "conservative." ... Galt's speech, ...the inspiration for all this excited Tea Party chatter, was a distillation of Rand's ... philosophy of Objectivism, ... And Rand, ... would ... object to use of her words and character, ... by political "conservatives," whom she ... despised as life-hating slaves to an imaginary God, ... The following are a sprinkling of quotes from Rand's work:. --Conservatism: An Obituary" from Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal I consider National Review the worst and most dangerous magazine in America...[b]ecause it ties capitalism to religion. The ideological position of National Review amounts, in effect, to the following: In order to accept freedom and capitalism, one has to believe in God or in some form of religion, some form of supernatural mysticism." [...] Rand On Religion: Faith, as such, is extremely detrimental to human life: it is the negation of reason. Rand on Abortion: Abortion is a moral right--which should be left to the sole discretion of the woman involved; morally, nothing other than her wish in the matter is to be considered. [...] Rand on Ronald Reagan: I am profoundly opposed to Ronald Reagan. Since he denies the right to abortion, he cannot be a defender of any rights. Since he has no program or ideology to offer, his likeliest motive for entering a Presidential race is power-lust. [...] "Going Galt"- Conservatives Love Ayn Rand? Do they really?

The World is a Strange Place

I ran across this on a site called MLive from Muskegon, Michigan:

Letter: Why didn't flight crew mention God?
by Dena Malda | Muskegon
Monday February 16, 2009, 11:37 AM

On the Feb. 8 "60 Minutes" program, we were captivated while viewing the Katie Couric interview of the crew and passengers of Flight 1549.

However, we were struck there was not one mention of God, who directs pilots of planes and secures the safety of passengers.

We have written CBS and asked them for more realistic programming. Help protect our freedoms. Write CBS about this.

I wonder what God was doing when that plane went down outside of Buffalo last week.

I used to live near Muskegon many years ago for a brief period. I wouldn't hesitate to say that this kind of comment is typical.

Under The LobsterScope

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Abortion. NRA. Religion - Palin Began With WEDGE ISSUES

There have been countless diaries in the past few days on our VP opponent.  I apologize if I've missed coverage of this aspect of her past here.  

The Times' William Yardley has a fascinating look at Palin's rocky start in local politics http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/03/us/pol itics/03wasilla.html?hp The piece details some of the well-diaried issues such as her questionable economic policies and her consideration of book banning.  But the focus of this piece is how she dived into the local election with a campaign of hard-core Christian dogma.  It also shows that even in 1996, just two years after Newt's Contract With America, she was a tough campaigner who had already mastered the art of exploiting wedge issues - particularly religion.

For 2008, McCain has chosen a ticketmate with the very skills he deplored in 2000.  

WASILLA, Alaska -- The world arrived here more than a century ago with the gold rush and later the railroad. Yet one aspect of American life did not come to town until 1996, the year Sarah Palin ran for mayor and Wasilla got its first local lesson in wedge politics.

The traditional turning points that had decided municipal elections in this town of less than 7,000 people -- Should we pave the dirt roads? Put in sewers? Which candidate is your hunting buddy? -- seemed all but obsolete the year Ms. Palin, then 32, challenged the three-term incumbent, John C. Stein.

Anti-abortion fliers circulated. Ms. Palin played up her church work and her membership in the National Rifle Association. The state Republican Party, never involved before because city elections are nonpartisan, ran advertisements on Ms. Palin's behalf.

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Ms. Palin and her passion for Republican ideology and religious faith overtook a town known for a wide libertarian streak and for helping start the Iditarod dog sled race.

"Sarah comes in with all this ideological stuff, and I was like, `Whoa,' " said Mr. Stein, who lost the election. "But that got her elected: abortion, gun rights, term limits and the religious born-again thing. I'm not a churchgoing guy, and that was another issue: `We will have our first Christian mayor.' "

"I thought: `Holy cow, what's happening here? Does that mean she thinks I'm Jewish or Islamic?'" recalled Mr. Stein, who was raised Lutheran, and later went to work as the administrator for the city of Sitka in southeast Alaska. "The point was that she was a born-again Christian." 

More ugliness after the bump

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Breaking: Obama gets Ultimate Endorsement - from God!

Cross Posted at <redacted>

Yes, it's official. After months being courted by many candidates, on the eve of the republican convention, the Supreme Being has finally sent his own message of endorsement for Barack Obama as President.

Gustav Aug 31

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Is there a God given right ?

I am not a Constitutional Law expert, by any means.. but I do get very annoyed anytime a constitutional argument is made to justify something that simply does not make sense.

Let me explain.  The preamble to the US declaration of independence states

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

It goes on to say that

To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.  That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.  

Mr Hancock, in signing that document, was declaring that the British Crown was abusing it's right and was thereby being replaced by a US Constitution (which was to be drafted).

That makes sense... but let me break it down.

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