The late Ayn Rand’s magnificent novel and philosophical treatise, Atlas Shrugged, is also turning out to be prophecy, rather than speculation.  Move over Nostradamus!  If you’ve not read Atlas, you can get the main ideas by watching, listening to and reading the news – if you watch FOX or take the time to find other unbiased sources.  In Atlas, groups of grasping, idiot bureaucrats control the governments of the world, including the United States, and they punish those who excel by taxing and regulating them in every way possible.  Sounding familiar?  Life imitates art – at least since the November 2008 election.

Take the health care bill being pushed by Democrats in Congress.  It has now been proposed to pay for universal healthcare with higher taxes on the rich.  I am not rich, have never been rich and likely never will be rich.  All that said, nothing gives me license to steal from the rich.  Ayn Rand never liked the story of Robin Hood.  I think this was because she bought into the clichéd idea that Robin and his Merry Men robbed from the rich to give to the poor.  It didn’t happen that way.  Robin and the guys in tights stole the unjust taxes back from the evil minions of a wannabe usurper.  Hey, now there’s a coincidence in the making, maybe.  Robin never ripped off the rich; he ripped off the thieves who made themselves rich by stealing from everyone they could and he gave the money back to those from whom it had been stolen. 

In Atlas Shrugged, productivity is punished by the government.  Making  wealthy Americans – and Democrats have a strange idea of what constitutes wealth – pay more because they happen to make more money is theft wrapped in Socialism.  A principle tenet of Communism/Socialism is the redistribution of wealth.  I guess the leftists in the Democratic party are showing their true colors – shades of pink and red. What gives these leftist Democrats the right to punish someone for being productive, for being successful?  Nothing.  In Ayn Rand’s novel , a man named “John Galt” starts a movement to “stop the motor of the world.”   Slowly, steadily, he gets the more productive people to stop being productive and just kick back, so everything will start to slip away.   And, it does.  Without the entrepreneurs, those who dare financially, those who risk all for an idea rather than just being comfortable, those who run small businesses about to be taxed out of existence, the motor of the world truly would stop.  Without Capitalism, as the Russians and the Chinese found out, society crumbles.  Even though China still calls itself Communist, financially, it’s one of the most capitalistic countries on the planet.  If you doubt that, check out where your clothing, your cookware, your pocket knife, your electronics and much of everything else you have comes from.

But, the leftist Democrats in Congress who want to tax the wealthier among us in order to have universal healthcare which will be inferior to the current system and plunge the nation into irredeemable levels of debt don’t understand Capitalism, or choose to ignore it in their relentless passion for power and control.

FDR had “The New Deal.”  LBJ had “The Great Society.”  Under America’s current leadership, we’ve got “The Bum Steer.”  Let’s just pray that a real “John  Galt” is working to make things right again.  The leftists will stop the motor of the world sooner than later, but not as an object lesson.  We’ll just all run out of everything we need to make that motor run. 

Now, albeit that it may already be too late -- but we must try -- let’s start working to elect Conservative Republicans and non-leftist, Conservative Democrats in 2010.  Let’s give the man who wants to change America, apologizes for what he labels our arrogance and wants to redistribute wealth a Congress that will tell him exactly what he can do with his radical leftist vision for our nation.  Then, let’s get behind a candidate who can take on the leftist Democratic candidate in 2012 and deny him re-election. 

The time is now to save America.  Let’s prove why a government predicated on the principles of Capitalism and Democracy, and not Socialism and Communism, is the best form of government on the planet.  In 2008, a portion of the American electorate made an error of epic scale.  Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work to save our country.   Let’s rectify this horrific mistake and pray to God that we can make things right again and undo the damage already done and the damage still to come.



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Reader Comments (4)

I agree Mr. Ahern. The situation is further going down the tube with recent coments refering to a Cambridge Police Sgt.'s actions as stupid and just before that comment admitting that he did not have the full information on the incidnet yet still making a judgment statment over National TV.

please keep up your observations and writings. I have enjoyed your writing , fiction and non fiction for a long time. In fact one of the reasons I do what I do. Thanks
Glad I found Your web site

Sgt.. Scott Lunsford
Asheville Police & Asheville City Schools
Police Resource Officer Unit.

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott Lunsford

If you check on facebook there is actually somebody that is selling Who is John Gault t shirts and bumper stickers. Thinking of getting a couple of them myself. Nice anaylsis of Atlas Shrugged btw. Looking forward to some new novels by Jerry and S.A. Ahern

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBill Craig

I've never read Atlas Shrugged. But, since a friend of mine at church introduced me to your Survivalist series, I've been interested in reading it. However, I'm still finishing Survivalist (on Book 24 in just over 2 months reading it every spare minute).

I've written a book of my own on the subject of consrvatism (won't self-promote with the title). And it seems to me that our problem on this side of the political spectrum is that we don't even really know what we stand for; and we haven't really known it - with some notable exceptions - for the last 20 years. The key is to get people who don't like intrusive government to understand exactly why it is they don't, and shouldn't like it. Instead of slogans, we need ideas put forth. So, here's my question, Jerry: Who do you see as a viable spokesman for actual Constitutional Conservatism? Who's the "ideas guy" - like Reagan was. Not, who's the "slogan guy", like pretty much every Republican since Reagan.

The Survivalist is fantastic.

Greg Neal
Uvalde, TX

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGreg Neal

I like your reference to Ayn Rand and "Atlas Shrugged". Have you read her "Voice of Reason" book of essays? It will scare the heck out of you! I enjoy your writings in The Blue Press.

November 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJim Fleming

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