Here’s this weeks edition of five items of things that I found interesting, engaging or enraging.  I hope you find them to be so as well.

image1.  Ayn Rand despised Ronald Reagan (and Jesus).

Dangerous Minds pointed this out, and among conservatives I think this is really not well known.  She actually supported Gerald Ford over Ronald Reagan in 1976.  She wrote in her Ayn Rand Letter:

Now I want to give you a brief indication of the kinds of issues that are coming up, on which you might want to know my views.

1. The Presidential election of 1976. I urge you, as emphatically as I can, not to support the candidacy of Ronald Reagan. I urge you not to work for or advocate his nomination, and not to vote for him. My reasons are as follows: Mr. Reagan is not a champion of capitalism, but a conservative in the worst sense of that word—i.e., an advocate of a mixed economy with government controls slanted in favor of business rather than labor (which, philosophically, is as untenable a position as one could choose—see Fred Kinnan in Atlas Shrugged, pp. 541-2). This description applies in various degrees to most Republican politicians, but most of them preserve some respect for the rights of the individual. Mr. Reagan does not: he opposes the right to abortion.

Then in her last public speech:

In conclusion, let me touch briefly on another question often asked me: What do I think of President Reagan? The best answer to give would be: But I don’t think of him—and the more I see, the less I think. I did not vote for him (or for anyone else) and events seem to justify me. The appalling disgrace of his administration is his connection with the so-called “Moral Majority” and sundry other TV religionists, who are struggling—apparently with his approval—to take us back to the Middle Ages, via the unconstitutional union of religion and politics.

The threat to the future of capitalism is the fact that Reagan might fail so badly that he will become another ghost, like Herbert Hoover, to be invoked as an example of capitalism’s failure for another fifty years.

Observe Reagan’s futile attempts to arouse the country by some sort of inspirational appeal. He is right in thinking that the country needs an inspirational element. But he will not find it in the God-Family-Tradition swamp.

Rand was a secular libertarian, of which I have no use for.  She is an example of how secular libertarianism and conservatism are simply not compatible with one another.  Yet, we have conservatives who are fans.  Her overall philosophy finds itself at odds with the Christian faith.  See below (HT: Steve Deace):

Are there things she promoted that were good, certainly, but I don’t believe one can follow Ayn Rand and Jesus.  You need to decide.

image2.  Following up on Texas Governor Rick Perry’s possible 2012 run.

His team is checking out Iowa, they’re forming plans.  That indicates to me he’s seriously considering a run.  I welcome Governor Perry jumping into the race.  I think he would have a lot to add, he’s a fiscal and social conservative, and he is a 10th Amendment candidate.  I think he would match up very well against President Barack Obama.  Besides, we’ve got to have a southern in this race.  This week he gave a speech for the Heritage Foundation which Rich Lowry called a draft stump speech.

this was a draft stump speech by Gov. Perry. There are three things a presidential candidate generally needs: 1) presence (does he fill the room?); 2) a narrative (does his biography and/or record add up to something?); 3) a theme (does he have a point in running?). Based on tonight, I’d say Perry could well have all three.

On top of this he apparently knocked the socks off of those who attended the Republican Leadership Conference (which I would have loved to have been at) in New Orleans.

image3.  Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s 2012 intentions:

Oh those unnamed sources, they’re so unpredictable.  One Republican source said that Palin was expected to announce her intentions next week.  Governor Palin said via Twitter, “Really? Hmm, guess they forgot to inform me what I’m "expected to do" next wk.”  At least Stacy McCain never burns his sources though, even if they burn him.

4.  State Representative Renee Schulte’s Inadequate Defense of Mitt Romney

imageState Representative Renee Schulte (R-Cedar Rapids) came out in defense of Mitt Romney’s decision not to sign the SBA List’s 2012 Pro-Life Presidential Leadership Pledge.  She told The Des Moines Register’s Jennifer Jacobs:

Cedar Rapids Republican Renee Schulte, a member of Romney’s 2012 Iowa campaign leadership team, came to Romney’s defense, saying she agrees with his decision to not sign the pledge.

“Not signing one particular pledge does not undermine his pro-life credentials,” said Schulte, a state representative. “It simply shows that he will not make empty promises just to win elections.”

Schulte, who worked for Romney’s 2008 campaign, said he was “100 percent pro-life in the last campaign (and) that has not and will not change.”

I’m sure Romney’s signature on the pledge is an empty promise.  Schulte told me via Facebook that, “Signing a pledge does not make you one thing or another. Actions speak louder than words.”

I completely agree.  Actions do speak louder than words.  Renee wouldn’t you agree then that prolife Republicans in the Iowa House should not have voted against the Personhood bill and that you should have been present during the vote?  Perhaps you had a really good reason for missing the vote, but it was a great opportunity to demonstrate some action.

Romney came out with his own prolife life pledge, but again it’s talk.  Schulte pointed out his veto of two bills in his time in office – as he was likely considering a run for the presidency.  He was adamantly pro-abortion before that.  Color me unimpressed.  He’s been running against this issue, and during the New Hampshire debate was frustrated with questions related to social conservative issues instead wanting a focus on the economy and jobs (which most of the debate was centered on).

No, he shouldn’t be measuring the drapes just yet.  Related, why does former Minnesota Governor Tim imagePawlenty refuse to criticize Romney?  You’d think he’s running for second.

5. Ron Paul wins yet another straw poll.

Ok, this isn’t news.  When he tops a real poll or tops the Iowa Straw Poll, that’ll be news.  Jon Huntsman came in second, that’s somewhat news.  It must be due to the awesome ads he’s been running.  More like he paid people to be there to vote for him which his campaign hasn’t denied.

2 comments
  1. One part of the foolishness of the recent debates about Rand is the idea that agreeing with Rand’s prediction and diagnoses in “Atlas Shrugged” – the accuracy of which has been demonstrated in the last few years to a nicety – somehow magically commits one to agreement with her total philosophy. Would this argument be extended to an atheist leftist who recommends Tolstoy or Victor Hugo?

    The other part is a specific misrepresentation of Christianity. Christianity is not a pro-Statism religion; indeed, given who killed their Savior, it tends to the anti-State. (This is something the left has not yet dealt with.) Nowhere in the Bible does it say that wealth should be expropriated and redistributed by the dubious means of government structures; it speaks of personal and *voluntary* charity. One might add, looking at the horrific debt and unfunded liabilities situation that the U.S. is in right now, that the Bible and Jesus were wise in staying away from government panaceas.

    This entire kabuki charade is in bad faith. The Bible does not advocate any Progressive notions of “economic justice.” The progressives who have suddenly discovered religion and its necessary role in politics – after thirty decades and more of stridently and rightly insisting it must be kept out of politics – are not sincere. After this temporary rhetorical bubble is over, they will resume their previous, also ad-hoc, declarations.

    As for the “sociopath” accusation, this is what comes of copying attack website garbage. The whole thing rests upon one author – Michael Prescott’s – highly selective excerpting and chopping up of a private [i.e., thinking out loud without clarifications ] journal written when Rand was barely out of her teens, fresh from the blood bath of 1920s Soviet Russia – and still made it very clear that her read on the personalities of the observers showed that they were not appalled by Hickman’s crime – she said there had been far worse, without the same spectacle of glee – but by his flamboyant and mocking defiance of society. She – who was writing about a *legally innocent man* at the time of the trial – even called him a repulsive and purposeless criminal. Enough with the disinformation and – yes – Satanizing of Ayn Rand.

  2. 1. Rand was also at odds with those most closely influenced by her philosophy – other secular libertarians.  When the Libertarian Party ran its first candidate in 1972 (Iowan John Hospers) she said it’d be a tragedy if he “took” even one vote away from Nixon.  Nixon of course being the President who cut the final link between the dollar and gold and gave us wage and price controls.  No wonder most people who had personal contact with her ended up hating her.  That’s not to say she didn’t have some value for conservatives, we Christians need to do what she didn’t, understand that politics is about building coalitions between people of different beliefs to work for common goals.

    3. Yes, Sarah Palin is running for President.  If she’s not, she’s wasting a lot of time and money sending her staff to county GOP central committee meetings to give monthly updates on her campaign. 

    5. WooHoo!

    Finally, I didn’t have another chance to thank you, but I appreciated the shout-out in the Register blog the other day.

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