First off, I must say that I don’t agree with every little point of Ayn Rand and her philosophy. General Patton had a saying that if two people agreed all of the time, one of them is unnecessary. I am a firm believer in my Saviour Jesus Christ. Since I am not a liberal, I can disagree with Ayn Rand on this matter and still find her others views to be both relevant and insightful. As a disclaimer, I am sitting down typing this with my “Who is John Galt” t-shirt on, while my van in the driveway has an “I am John Galt” bumper sticker on it. Now, let us get down to business.
I have heard the wacky liberals scream that Ayn Rand was a hypocrite for denouncing the social welfare programs of the United States, even while she took home a social security check. Why does this matter? The government, for years, forcibly removed social security money out of her paycheck. Why is she not entitled to have the money that was taken from her against her will returned to her? Anyone, anyone? That is what I thought, no answer to this simple question from any of the “great liberal thinkers” out there. Her ideas for a free-enterprise system completely free of government interference is exactly what the United States needs to once again reclaim our seat as the head producer of all things. Ideas, inventions, new techniques, unbridled freedom, all can be easily attained if the reach of government was less restrictive.
How about her views on individualism? The rugged individual is, in fact, what made this country great. As she points out in her novels, our Founding Father’s were the living embodiment of individualism. Only as individuals can we all truly be free. If I am constantly led to fight battles to hold other people from drowning in their own mistakes, how do they learn to better themselves, and how do I keep from being brought down with them? The liberals believe that I should give my talent and drive for the benefit of those who do not have, or do not wish to have my talents. I own three business ventures, and I employ many people. They help me, and I help them. We work together through good times and bad. I am not cold-hearted, I merely want to keep what is mine: my ideas, the fruits of my labor, and my self-respect. This is hard to do when at every turn, I face those who have decided it is easier to collect welfare, or some other form of government assistance, instead of putting down their PS3, and getting a job.
It doesn’t matter what the liberals believe about Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged. You can believe in your mind that you are bullet-proof, but I promise you, a bullet will still kill you. The liberals can think Atlas Shrugged a fantasy written by some wack-job who wanted to kill those, or let those who were less able die. They can believe that she was the anti-christ (though I find that hard to believe since that would mean they believe in God, which I think is contrary to what most liberals believe, given their stance on social issues which directly contradict Biblical teaching). My point is, what Ayn wrote about in Atlas Shrugged is very real, you can in fact, see it all around you. The smoke can be seen rising from our economic ashes, an economy killed by over-regulation in some areas (forcing banks to make loans who can not pay them back, thanks President Carter), to Obama’s recital of Fair Shake, Fair Deal, Fair Shot. What the liberals can not grasp is that we need less government inteference to have that Fair Shake, Fair Deal, and Fair Shot. By the way, isn’t the President a rather wealthy individual? Why doesn’t he give some of that money away to the hordes of people who now rely on government hand-outs?
If someone breaks into your house and says, “I’m going to kill you!”, what is the compromise? He wants you dead, and you want to live. There is no middle-ground, no safe position between these two extremes.
To put it another way, “You can’t be a little pregnant”. It is either all, or nothing. Completely one way, or completely the opposite.
I have heard it said a million times that compromise on the deficit is the only way we can accomplish our goals. I have heard it said that liberals and republicans must “meet in the middle” in order to forge ahead with any meaningful legislation to curb our out-of-control spending binge in Washington.
I completely disagree. Compromise with the liberals created this mess. Liberals wanted everyone to be able to afford a house, not just those who saved and were able to put down a 20% down-payment. That turned out well for us, didn’t it? Zero-down mortgages and interest only loans that stank so bad, the banks had to bundle them up and sell them off as fast as possible. But wait, it gets worse.
I read a story the other day about women having babies for the sole purpose of obtaining more state financial and food aid. Are you kidding me? Why does anyone go to work? Why don’t we all stay at home and get government help? Where is the incentive to achieve, to prosper, to reach for something great? Is individualism dead in the United States? Are all the optometrists in the USA retired? You need only look to France, Greece, and Spain to see the path that the runaway nanny-state leads to.
I am so disgusted by the 99 percenters who lack ambition, drive, self-worth, self-esteem and a basic desire to contribute to society. Instead, they only wish to suck off of those of us who pay taxes and struggle to survive.
We all know, and even the freeloaders among us know, that there is no such thing as a free lunch. I am calling on this nation to here and now, declare that the era of something for nothing is over.
I know that the unemployed are in a terrible spot. Our President has instituted a state of fear that has kept companies from hiring and consumers from buying. Despite this, we must face the fact that too few among us are producing a good or service. This, in turn, means that there are fewer and fewer people paying into the tax coffers, and more people on the government handout list. This simply can not continue.
Here is my bold idea. If a person is getting unemployment benefits, make them earn it. I say that we make the unemployed work for their unemployment benefits. Calling in once a week to say I could not find a job does NOT qualify as work. So, here is the simple solution. If you are getting ANY government assistance while you are unemployed, then the government will provide you with a job to earn those benefits. The job can range from painting park benches, to picking up trash along the side of the road. The job itself does not matter, the point is, those who are getting a check without producing anything of value will now be earning it! If this is done, you will quickly find that a great many of the unemployed will suddenly find work! I mean, if you can get paid for playing video games for 99 weeks, why wouldn’t you? Our nanny-state mindset has rewarded those who don’t care to have a job. If however, we make the unemployed clean bathrooms, or mow lawns, or make license plates, the unemployed would say, this job SUCKS! I want a real job! Problem solved!