At the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Dr. James McHenry, a Maryland delegate, followed Benjamin Franklin from Independence Hall. He recorded a question asked by a lady, directed at Dr. Franklin.

The lady asked, "Well Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?"

"A republic," replied Dr. Franklin, "if you can keep it."


"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." - Ayn Rand

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Political Left

The Left in America suggests that we trust our feelings. They run on emotion based on scant facts. In a world where there is no objective reality or truth, in a world where if you BELIEVE something is true, then it is -- is a world where something can be considered "fake but accurate". Consider the ACORN protesters being paid and bussed to sites of town hall meetings. Or President Obama and other legislators seeding their town hall meetings with hirelings who will pander to the official and stick to the script (fake but accurate?)

President Obama (a modern day Elmer Gantry) is a master of orchestrating the mass hysteria of the political rally. He works the crowd, playing on fears and emotional excitability and on a version of the tired old Marxist drama of oppressor vs the oppressed.  "Change" brought through socialism will save the nation from the evils of American capitalist oppression over the poor in this country.  There is no mention of the incredible economic success capitalism enjoys and the freedom it unleashes when compared to the pathetic lives people live under the yoke of communism/heavy handed socialism.

The New Left lives in its own tiny world of feelings. They know that deep inside their empathetic hearts that America is on the wrong side of history; that capitalism is evil; and that Marxist ideology is the salvation of all. They are so wrapped up in this fantasy that they haven't noticed that the people they are enabling are vicious, murdering thugs. Or maybe they have and they are indifferent to it. If they have, perhaps they are completely indifferent to it because all they want to do is cause humiliation with utter and total defeat to their arch enemies: America and capitalism.

Why is the Left sleepwalking through history and short circuiting their intellect to keep themselves from suffering psychological trauma? They were wrong about the nature of man, the nature of society and just about everything else.  All that matters is that their FEELINGS validate that they are in the right.

The current attack on the Central Intelligence Agency (click here) is a classic example. You don't hear a word from the liberal press about the $2 trillion dollar mistake made by the Obama Administration on estimating the deficit.  Don't focus on the $9 trillion deficit. Don't worry about that. Let's pay attention to the evils of George Bush and the CIA who kept America safe since 9/11/2001.

Do any of you feel as if you're living in Ayn Rand's ATLAS SHRUGGED?

The Left (as typified by the late [as of today] Senator Ted Kennedy) is unable to abandon the paranoia, projection and inability to face an unpleasant reality when they bet everything on an ideology whose nonsensical ideas NEVER worked in the real world. The creative delusions must be generated, the hate must be stoked constantly to keep their dashed hopes alive as they rage against reality. Sorry, reality doesn't care about their utopian fantasies. 

I relied on several works and sources, many of which came from memory and I can't recall who in particular said what when or where. If I stole a word or phrase from you and it's not attributed, please chalk it up to my own ignorance rather than blatant plagiarism. 


Les Carpenter III said...

I agree with much of what you write here. However Obama is not a Marxist. Marx was an economist in the mold of Adam Smith and he would have loved Henry Ford. Contrary to popular belief Marx did not sanction (re)distribution of wealth and took issue with the Utopian socialists of his time who did. I can not hope to explain the body of Marx's work here, this just a bit of fact.

Obama is a classical "Utopian" socialist as well as being a statist with the insatiable desire to remake our nation both economically and socially. I, like you and the millions who value liberty must act to stop his intention to centralizing power in the Executive branch.

For a bit more of a perspective I wrote and posted 2 posts 1) Is Marx a socialist/Communist by Definition, 2) Is Marx a socialist/Marxist by Definition - Part #2.

Keep up the good fight and lets beat them on the battlefield of ideas!

Posts can be found at:

Les Carpenter III
Rational Nation USA

Bungalow Bill said...

Americans are going to pay a huge price for the left's insistence on pathos over logos and ethos.

LSP said...

Nice plug for reality in the face of leftist madness. Thanks.

Hazaa Blue-Eyes said...

"Do any of you feel as if you're living in Ayn Rand's ATLAS SHRUGGED?"

Yes, in fact, I have a bumper sticker that says "Atlas Shrugged was a warning, not an instruction manual". Too many references in the book were too close to things happening now. Some of the things that Obama & crew have been saying were almost exact quotes from the book! I felt like they MUST have read it before - the coincidences were too close.

LL said...

Hazaa - Sometimes I think they're using it as a play book. When they get up in the morning, they crack open ATLAS SHRUGGED, turn the page and live the story.

Opus #6 said...

Hazaa, great bumper sticker. I think I will use it as a Twitter tweet.

JT Grachek said...

I find it funny that so many right wingers put so much stock into Ayn Rand and he Objectivist philosopher, yet they also depend on faith based arguments. Some even still demand Christian doctrine in the national government. Complete hypocrisy, if you ask me.

Otherwise... yeah, socialists suck for a variety of reasons.

LL said...

It's not that I put extraordinary stock in Atlas Shrugged, Animal Farm or any other political book of that sort. Life imitates art from time to time and I find it amusing.

JT Grachek said...

Fair enough. I do enjoy that myself.

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