Atlas Shrugged and Then Shot Himself In the Foot
It has been the contention of this writer that the philosophical underpinnings of the Romney Ryan campaign are the writings of Ayn Rand, most specifically Atlas Shrugged. “Rand’s heroes must continually fight against “parasites”, “looters”, and “moochers” who demand the benefits of the heroes’ labor”, and Romney clearly sees himself as a Randian hero and 47% of Americans as “parasites”. I believe that the video that came out yesterday of Romney speaking to his wealthy donors from his heart will be the fatal blow to his presidential hopes. Here is the critical quote from the fundraiser.
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.My job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
This could have been taken straight from Atlas Shrugged. But let’s look at the facts of the 47%. To begin with, a majority of them don’t pay income taxes because the payroll taxes taken from their pay checks satisfy their tax obligations, because they don’t have additional income from stock dividends or capital gains.
Of the remaining “parasites”, more than half are elderly and no longer earning an income and the remainder are the really poor, a family living on less than $20,000 per year. Just as interesting is to see where the “moochers” live. Mostly in Red States that vote Republican.
The task now for the Democrats is to wake up the 47%, half of which vote Republican in the delusion that Mitt Romney cares for their interests because he talks about God and is against abortion. They must spend every day of the last 49 days of this campaign making it clear to the working class of America that the whole Republican plan is a shadow play, in which the true beneficiaries are the people in the Romney video who can afford the $50,000 ticket to the fundraiser. The real losers are the people who put their cultural passions above their economic interests.Romney and Ryan don’t give a damn about the middle class, but see themselves and their millionaire friends as a persecuted minority. Here is how the Atlas Society portrays the world.
Atlas Shrugged is an extended cry against the oppression of creators, most particularly businessmen: the Atlases who bear this world on their shoulders. Uniquely, Rand’s work portrays the exploited entrepreneurs of the mixed economy as the true successors of Socrates, Galileo, and the countless other truth-seekers who, over the centuries, have been silenced, punished, crushed, and killed—not for their vices but for their virtues.
In their view criminals like Mike Milken or rapacious capitalists like John Paulson or Sheldon Adelson are the “exploited entrepreneurs”, that need to be rescued from Obama and his “schemes” to raise their taxes. It is a warped view of humanity and of society. Here’s hoping the 99% will wake up and vote the Republican Rascals out of the government.