Atlas mugged and was then lauded by Paul Ryan for being a good Republican

April 27, 2012

“In anticipation of his presence on campus, Fr. Thomas Reese wrote a letter to Ryan on behalf of Georgetown’s Jesuit scholars, challenging his use of Catholic social teaching to defend his budget and its destructive impact on the poor.  —from The Georgetown Voice
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Politician Paul Ryan sees himself as a good Catholic but what I think we find in Paul Ryan is an example of philosophical seepage. Ryan claims to think one thing (in the interest of appearing to be a socially and morally  upright person), but the philosophical underbelly of his thought, morality and politics …keeps seeping out.
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Paul Ryan is an acolyte of Ayn Rand —or was until he started back-peddling about that famous apostle of greed. But here are some things he’s said of his fondness for Rand:
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“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.”
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“I give out ‘Atlas Shrugged’ (a book by Rand that’s not so much a novel, but a greed manual for narcissists) as Christmas presents and make all my interns read it.” (Giving the thing to be read by an impressionable young mind is bad enough, but he irony of giving a novel whose main character is pretty much a sociopath as a gift celebrating the birth of Jesus, is a perfect Paul Ryanesque irony).
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“Ayn Rand, more than anybody else, did a fantastic job explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism, and that, to me is what matters most.” Ryan has since disavowed Rand since it’s not politically convenient at the moment to be such a Rand enthusiast —especially for a conservative.
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Why? Because Rand, among other things, was an atheist who rejected all forms of faith and religion, supported abortion rights and advanced ‘the virtue of selfishness’, who thought of the poor as ‘parasites’, ‘looters’ and ‘moochers’, and who at the end of her life wound up accepting SS checks and Medicare, thus becoming a hypocritical parasite and moocher herself.
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One more odd thing about Rand was that she exhibited signs of being a flat-out sociopath. Her notebooks revealed her psychological kinship with notorious serial killer, William Edward Hickman, holding him up as a model for the type of “ideal man” she promoted in her books.
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So this was the sort of person the architect of the Ryan Plan (a plan with the pathological backing of the Republican party) admired and put forth as his political inspiration. The fact that the creator of the Republican economic plan to continue stealing from the poor and middleclass and giving to the rich has taken his cues from a sociopath should make all things clear.
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Paul Ryan and Republicans may claim to be working for the good of all Americans, but the seepage of their true beliefs and philosophy is there in plain sight. If you’ve missed it, tune into Fox News any night for an update.
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by Jim Culleny
4/27/12
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