by Bill McLaughlin
I saw Woody Allen’s movie “The Front” the other day and thought, why no “black list” for the Ayn Randism? How can Paul Ryan make it to the top of the ticket without a backlash? Or maybe there was.
As Jonathan Chait (“The Poetic Justice of Romney’s Self-Immolation,” 9/27/12) put it when the 47% story broke:
This is not a random gaffe, a joke gone bad, or even a terrible brain freeze. It is Romney exposed for espousing a worldview that is at the heart of his party’s mania. The idea he summed up at that fund-raiser was a combination of right-wing fever dreams,…–the Ayn Randism, the fact-free class warfare, the frantic rage at a changing America. The Republican Party is going down because its candidate was seen advocating exactly the beliefs that make the party so dangerous and repellent….
(See Greg Sargent, “Poetic Justice: Romney to Finish Election at 47 Percent,” The Washington Post, 11/21/12.)
Maybe this has traction now, even among Republicans (the old fashioned moderate kind):
Bruce Wilson, “Paul Ryan Is an Ayn-Rand Loving ‘Satanist’ and Romney Is in a ‘Cult’? The GOP’s Religion Woes,” AlterNet, 10/18/12:
In early 2011, former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, who was well-placed to know which way the wind was blowing, launched, from his perch as an op-ed columnist for the Washington Post, a withering preemptive attack against rising Ayn Rand worship within the GOP:
Rand’s novels are vehicles for a system of thought known as Objectivism. Rand developed this philosophy at the length of Tolstoy, with the intellectual pretensions of Hegel, but it can be summarized on a napkin. Reason is everything. Religion is a fraud. Selfishness is a virtue. Altruism is a crime against human excellence. Self-sacrifice is weakness. Weakness is contemptible….
Is Paul Ryan the new face of the Republican Party? I almost hope so. Rachel Maddow “outs” him. Not a fiscal conservative, but a nut with an anti-American agenda (the rich shall inherit the earth). Is it time to have some hearings to root out this evil cult from the inner workings of our government? There is probably one under every bed in Washington by now.