Rand, whose father’s pharmacy was confiscated by the Soviets during the communist revolution of 1917, and who came to America in 1926, seems uniquely able to speak to us about the inverted morality of our times. Virtue is to be apologized for. Depravity commands respect. Success is cast as evil and punished while failure is blamed on others and rewarded. Rand’s insights into the psychological state of collectivists—those who demand that we sacrifice our individual freedom and happiness for the sake of the state—explain what often seems incomprehensible to thinking people.(from biggovernment.com)
An epic demonstration of the inverted morality that Rand described was on display in Copenhagen last week as the world’s worst most evil dictators—Mugabe and Chávez—partnered with the world’s most visible and misguided progressives—Al Gore , Gordon Brown, Barack Obama—in an orgy of depravity. Sadly, even the Pope lent his moral support to the lunacy, saying, “Industrialized nations must recognize their responsibility for the environmental crisis, shed their consumerism and embrace more sober lifestyles.”
John Galt, the industrialist hero of Rand’s 1957 masterpiece, Atlas Shrugged, refers to those in power who stripped men of their minds, wealth and freedom, as mystics. The mystics of spirit were the religious leaders of centuries past who proclaimed that faith is superior to reason. Galt is no fan of these mystics but it is the mystics of muscle—the progressives who force us to submit to their version of the common good—that Galt despises.
And Barack Obama is a mystic of muscle in its purest form, able to corral the worshipping media, the always superficial Hollywood elites, America hating academics, state-sponsored capitalists (e.g., Goldman Sachs), and grant hungry “scientists” & environmentalists hoping to cash in on a trillion dollar loot of the American people called global warming. These are the pillars of deceit Obama used to get elected.
True to form, Barack, master of the mystics of muscle, has used his power mightily to loot from the producers, and hand it to the parasites, crooks and undeserving (read; SEIU, ACORN, UN Climate Fund, General Motors).
Bob Etheridge, in one of his columns, stated that the country’s healthcare system is in “fundamental crisis.” This seems to be a case of not being able to “see the forest for the trees.” What’s in more of a “fundamental crisis” is the federal government itself.(from sanfordherald.com)
Walter Williams in one of his columns indicated the federal government as unfunded liabilities in Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid of over 100 trillion dollars. That’s more than $330,000, not for every taxpayer but for every man, woman and child in the country.
This is a mega financial disaster waiting in the wings. When all these “chickens” come home to roost, the “coop” is going to collapse. The government takeover of the nation’s healthcare system will only hatch more “chickens,” hastening the national debt going critical mass and the collapse of the dollar, the economy and the country.
Now, this will be a crisis the democrats can use to do big things. Like maybe remake the country in their own image with a new Declaration of Dependence (of all the people on the government) and a new constitution patterned after Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.”
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez ordered an investigation of Toyota Motor Corp., saying the world’s largest carmaker “can leave” should it fail to meet production quotas and technology-transfer laws.
Toyota has refused to make four-wheel drive models used for public transportation, Chávez said in comments on state television yesterday. Chávez said he will impose a production quota for the cars, which are used to ferry residents into Caracas slums.
Chávez has nationalized foreign oil, utilities and metals companies in his 10 years in power while vowing to transform Venezuela into a socialist state. U.S. automakers General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. also haven’t shared technology and can be replaced by Russian and Chinese companies, Chávez said.
The Institute for Labor Studies and Research and Rhode Island for Community & Justice are accepting applications for the Leadership for a Future class of 2010. This statewide program provides a leadership-training environment for emerging leaders from community, labor, religious and corporate groups.
The cost of the program is $400. Scholarships are available. The program starts with a weekend retreat at Canonicus Camp and Conference Center in Exeter from Jan. 22 to 24. Following the retreat, nine sessions will meet every other Tuesday from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at various locations. There will be one Saturday session on Feb. 6. Participants must commit to the overnight retreat and at least seven of the nine sessions to graduate.