The Year of the GOP Snake

“Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?” –Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

By the Chinese calendar, 2013 ought to have been a banner year for conservatives. As crestfallen Ann Romney soaks up tears with Kleenex bought by the carload at Costco, and Karl Rove squirms at megadonor angst over Crossroads GPS’ lame  batting average in November’s election, Republican delusions of a 2010 redux string of victories evaporated almost as quickly as Sarah Palin’s and Dick Morris’ fat Fox News paychecks.… [Read more]

$58 Dollars

While many of America’s 310 million people feasted on Thanksgiving Day, a silent group of Americans faced another day in poverty. Over 15 million people now live day to day, one meal at a time, in poverty –  far more than at any time in the last 40 years, most of which are women and children.… [Read more]

Paul Ryan’s Ayn-Rand-Worldview Flunks the Foreign Policy Test

According to most media outlets, especially the spectacle of cable news, the best way to judge a political debate seems to be tantamount to judging a beauty pageant or American Idol contest without the musical talent evaluations. It’s all about presentation, facial expressions, what one is doing while the other is speaking, “looking presidential.” Numerous pundits have advised viewers to best take in the debate with their volume off.… [Read more]

Cue the Confetti – There is a Nation to be Won!

Even when you know the story by heart, where the villains are classic WWF-styled heels and the good guys are us, thank Christ, and not them, a political convention is compelling stuff. Talking heads babble and party flacks coo about how only their gang really ‘gets’ the American people. It is a riveting event, like a train wreck in slow motion, or a fat guy falling over the third base railing trying to snag a foul ball and keep his beer from spilling.… [Read more]

Are Obama’s Policies “European?” Who Cares?

In all honesty, MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews often annoys and creeps me out, but there are those valuable times when the man has a point. In a recent exchange with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Morning Joe, Preibus accused President Barack Obama of “looking to Europe for guidance” on issues like healthcare, spending, and economic stimulus.… [Read more]

A Letter from Ayn Rand

Мой возлюбленный Пол (My beloved Paul),

Это причиняет боль мне, что Вы бросили меня под автобусом. Я думал, что мы были постоянными задушевными друзьями, работающими к нашей прекрасной капиталистической Утопии, где сильное правило и слабое погибают. (It pains me that you have thrown me under the bus. I thought we were everlasting soulmates, working toward our perfect capitalist Utopia, where the strong rule and the weak perish.)

Это сделало меня настолько очень счастливым, когда Вы сказали мне, что я был вашим вдохновением и причиной, Вы вошли в коммунальное обслуживание.… [Read more]

Let’s Call a Spade a Spade: Why Paul Ryan Is Anything But Nice

Since Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his presidential running mate there has been a barrage of commentary surrounding the seven-term Congressman from Wisconsin. Quite naturally there has been much talk of his influence by Russian-American novelist and atheist Ayn Rand whom he has credited as his inspiration for entering politics. Something which he now is adamantly distancing himself — actually flat-out denying.… [Read more]

The Paul Ryan Pick: Sometimes “Bold” can be Downright Dumb

“’I think it’s a very bold choice. And an exciting and interesting pick. It’s going to elevate the campaign into a debate over big ideas. It means Romney-Ryan can run on principles and provide some real direction and vision for the Republican Party. And probably lose. Maybe big,’ said former President George W. Bush senior adviser Mark McKinnon.”

Bold can be a good thing, it can be an interesting thing, but it’s not always a smart thing.  … [Read more]

Ayn Rand — Why Does She Still Matter?

Why does Ayn Rand’s message resonate so strongly with so many of the far right wing, specifically and especially Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s chosen running mate?… [Read more]

Weekly Wrap – July 8, 2012

This week we celebrated the nation’s independence day so that brought us to thinking about where the nation was, how far it has to go and who holds the power in charting the course for the future. We talk about the politicians all the time but what about the voters? Though not monolithic, we generally know where Democrats and Republicans stand on the issues, but what about the Independents?  … [Read more]

The Myths of Objectivism

It can be said that the merits of any idea or philosophy cannot be judged by the quantity or quality of its followers.

Fueled no doubt by her upbringing in Russia during the Bolshevik revolution, Ayn Rand was extremely critical of what she viewed as “collectivism” on the left, and for the duration of her life she set out to define her beliefs in ink.  … [Read more]

(No) Sympathy For The Devil

Ron Paul…you amuse me!  You are simultaneously the purveyor of patriotism, the doctor of doom and the titan of TeaBagistan!

Like Beelzebub, you have your good points; your sensible talk about wasteful spending on the so-called War on Drugs has seduced many a follower. Like Lucifer you can bring just enough light to convince your minions of your vast knowledge.… [Read more]

It’s A Wrap – Week In Review January 29, 2012

Although we have moved forward by one week, events we discussed this week may make us wonder if we’re going backwards. Here we are in 2012 and we’re revisiting things that took place during the McCarthy era: loyalty oaths that threaten our ability to function as a democracy and ramped-up requirements that threaten trample on voter’s rights.… [Read more]

Ayn Rand, An Intellectual Fraud

The libertarian movement finds great comfort in the works of Ayn Rand without realizing that her books are essentially a work of fiction that have no basis in reality.

The first time I read Ayn Rand was when I was in high school. I do not remember whether it was Atlas Shrugged or Fountainhead. However, I certainly remember what I came back with, my synopsis: “It takes a lot of words to fool the world”.… [Read more]