Wednesday, August 29, 2012


August 29, 2012

A dying mother throws her baby from a blazing building, desperately hoping someone will catch the infant, but what do you care. Not your problem. Besides, mom should have saved her own skin instead of forfeiting her life for the child’s.
There’s no fire department because nobody wanted to pay the taxes to fund it . At the funeral, churchgoers listen to a “monstrous” sermon: faith is “the worst curse of mankind.”
This isn’t my world. It’s the awesome utopia of Ayn Rand, mad Messiah of the Tea Party and the woman to whom Republican prophets from Barry Goldwater on down to Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan pay loving homage.
The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand.” That’s Mr. Ryan, who claims he’s a devout Catholic while spreading the teachings of the self-declared enemy of God.
Ryan says Rand’s thinking “is sorely needed, she did a fantastic job” and boasts about doling her books out to all his interns at Christmas.
Something inherently disturbing about that: celebrating the birth of Christ with the sacrilegious pap of the anti-Christ. Standing at the crossroads, Walton’s churchgoing Tea set face a dilemma: which to follow, the Bible or this insult to religion; Jesus or the Ayn Rand gang. Eenie meanie... 
Simple choice.
Selflessness, sacrifice, compassion, concern for others. "Even as you had not done to the least of these, you have not done it to me” [Matthew 25:37] one of Jesus’ many exhortations to help the poor. This sentiment, embodied by Mother Teresa, is shared by numerous other religions.
The other credo says loving thy neighbor is “moral corruption” and those needing help are “looters”. Let the suffering, the sick, the elderly die where they drop. “I’m all right, Jack,” is this ruthless philosophy, Jack Tar, the personification of a British sailor who, returning from the war, is shunned by a self-centered society scornful of his sacrifice. We’ve seen the same heartlessness shown here, to Vietnam veterans in particular. 
The egotists try to parse all this. “Yeah, but giving to the less fortunate will be my personal choice. Washington can’t force me to be kind to my fellow man.”
Anyone with this brand of mindset is unlikely to be merciful anyway. Even if the will is there, the giver forgets: charity is rarely a high priority.
We’re a civilized society, we’re Americans, we stick together: helping the least among us is a collective burden that must be administered evenly and fairly. We depend on each other. No man, said John Donne, is an island. Comedians Fry and Laurie also had it right: “All your wealth is entirely propped up on the rotting hulk of my poverty.” The Rand-like retort: “Get out of my way, you degraded heap of smelliness, before I set fire to you.”
Not too many religious placards in evidence at the tricorn-hat Tea parties. Plenty, however, equating Obama with Hitler the racist, which is about as ludicrous as saying Ayn Rand was an angel... Oh, I forgot she’s the Tea crowd’s patron saint.
Real name Alisa Rosenbaum, a Russian atheist who disdained the destitute, the weak, even the handicapped, and called Christ’s teachings “evil”. This mephitic harridan’s smart-alecky pronouncements on Objectivism infest the internet, her essays and novels ‘Atlas Shrugged’ and ‘The Fountainhead’. She was a wanton pro-abortion adulteress and advocate of free love, although... have you seen her?

When you have a head like a robber’s dog debauchery is your best choice. That and a callous disregard for other people. Evil is often reflected in the face.
Looks notwithstanding, it’s her devil-take-the-hindmost capitalism that enchants Republicans bent on enriching the rich and squelching the poor. Her disciples include Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, Freedomworks czar Dick Armey, Senator Rand Paul and his dad Ron, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. All of them rich. Filthy rich.
In October 2008 once he’d helped plunge the world into financial hell, Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, who’d remained under this witch’s spell for 50 years, sat doe-eyed before Congress. He confessed that applying her free-for-all deregulation principles that triggered the crisis had been “flawed”, now saying we should nationalize the banks. Uh, that would be “Socialism”, Mr. Greenspan.
How can you follow two opposing dogmas? You can’t. Rand herself said contradictions don’t exist: “You will find that one of them is wrong.” Anyone who espouses two opposites as Paul Ryan does is a fraud.
Incidentally, after his father died, Ryan collected Social Security survivor benefits. And in 1976 Rand and her equally selfish husband signed on for Social Security and Medicare – two government programs they’d been trashing for years.
Hypocrites all.
Christian icon Chuck Colson who died in April, labeled Rand’s followers “cranks”, adding: “It's hard to imagine a world view more antithetical to Christianity." 
In the 22 years I’ve lived in Walton County I’ve gotten to know many of its good people. I cannot believe that my friends and neighbors here are Christians in name only, greedy phonies bent on cutting off government help to the least among us -  those without work through no fault of their own.
Which of us lives next door to one of the 280 Waltonians who saw his job at Crane Universal Rundle shipped to Mexico? Their families were dumped onto the dole line, but in the eyes of Ayn Rand and Paul Ryan they’re now “looters”. Heaps of smelliness.


© 2012 Fred Wehner is a journalist formerly with the Daily Mail in London, who then founded and ran the New York News Agency before settling in Monroe 21 years ago.