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Rand vs Christ

Will the 2012 Christian Right of the GOP be able to reconcile not Mormon Philosophy vs. Christian Values, but the slew of oxymorons called Ayn Rand-y Christians in their midst?

The 2012 election comes down to a battle of these philosophies.

Paul Ryan, an Ayn Rand acolyte, is the architect of the Ryan Budget.  For years Paul Ryan has championed pushing the government away from helping the poor and at risk.

Ayn Rand is the Philosophical underpinning of Paul Ryan and the modern GOP.

I am challenging the moral cause of Altruism;

The precept that man's moral duty is to live for others;

That man must sacrifice himself to others.

 

Ayn Rand - Mike Wallace interview 1959 @ 4:48  (Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ooKsv_SX4Y)

 

Rand also advocates that Man’s purpose is his own happiness as gained thru using logic alone.

“(Man) has to hold reason as an absolute… his highest moral purpose is the achievement of his own happiness”.

This philosophy gives cover to those who want to take from everyone and collect everything for themselves.  We see it in how GOP tax policy is working.  You can call it Voodoo Econ or Trickle Down or whatever.  It can be gain for the sake of gain. 

Some flaws to this philosophy:

  • What if the individual is crazy and feel their happiness can be achieved by picking up a gun and blowing people away? (see: Loughner, Jared)
  • When has one gained enough? 
  • Does happiness just become the gaining things or money for the sake of gaining? 
  • Is the finish line when you get all the money?
  • Or when you achieve global domination?
  • Only have a small number of people can “WIN” in this philosophy.

 

At that point they have caused so much misery – those who have been dominated globally can say sardonically,


“Yeah, I’m glad YOU’RE happy”.

This is what the GOP is practicing these days.

President Obama, a Christian, is cast as the last defender of the Social Safety Net.

For purposes of this article I want to define Christianity as the Philosophy of Christ as related in the Sermon on the Mount; otherwise known as the Beatitudes. I want to separate Christ as deity from what He was saying.

Matt 5:1-12  ( King James Version – Link http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%205:1-12&version=KJV )

  • And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain: and when He was set, His disciples came unto Him:
  • And He opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
  • Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
  • Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
  • Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
  • Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
  • Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
  • Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
  • Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

 

I want to boil this down to:

  • You see someone in trouble – you help them.
  • It doesn’t matter what people on the outside say while you are doing it - you help them.
  • You get bonus points for taking lip from idiots ripping you while you are helping someone.

 

The self-interest is the street cred you get from being a person who lives their life properly.  You become the person others want to be.  You will have the right attitude to enter the next life (assuming there is one).

 

If you want to say this is the Christian value system that built this country – I think you are safely standing on 2nd base.  The country has been cohesive because of shared sacrifice.  The sacrifice part of this is what we celebrate when we honor “The Greatest Generation”; getting us through The Great Depression and WWII.

 

The Constitution’s purpose was “to promote the General Welfare”.  The GOP wants to demote the Constitution to a private, vouchered inequity fund.

 

In 2012 President Obama is taking it on the chops for setting up stuff like:

  • Obamacare to help those who are (and will eventually) get sick.
  • TARP that kept people’s jobs to keep them fed.
  • Green Energy investment so we can get off oil.
  • Preserving Pell Grants so kids have a chance to think our way out of the mess we are in.

I can get the big list if you like, but it is easy to pair what the Obama Administration is attempting to the attitudes of the Beatitudes.

Will the 2012 Christian Right of the GOP be able to reconcile not Mormon Philosophy vs. Christian Values, but the slew of oxymorons called Ayn Rand-y Christians in their midst?

 

The 2012 Election will boil down to:

  • Do you want to help other Americans or not?
  • Are you Ayn Rand selfish or Jesus Christ selfless?

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Joe The Nerd Ferraro August 19, 2012 at 01:59 PM
she is treating life as a bunch of transactions. when you are tapped out you are worthless. just look at the attitudes of the GOP towards healthcare or government help. It all stems from "what can you do" or "people who can't produce are inferior" it gives them the justification withhold what is needed from those really in need. I will take Christ's attitudes on this any day of the week.
Bill August 20, 2012 at 04:23 AM
So all this talk is because some lib blogger wants to firer up the base by writing an article that states; Capitalism = Ayn Rand = Paul Ryan = Anti-Christ That's like saying; Keynesian = Carl Marx = Barack Hussein Obama II = International Planned Parenthood (the human sacrifice of millions babes world wide because Obama funding) = what = what = ? Christ ??? You got to be kidding me. Say it ain't so Joe. Well, as you Saul Alinsky "Rules for Radicals" book followers say, Shame, Shame, Shame. Speaking of Saul let's not forget his dedication to said book. Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins -- or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom -- Lucifer. -- Saul Alinsky
Joe The Nerd Ferraro August 20, 2012 at 04:45 PM
sorry Bill - I will ask you how Ayn Rand is like Christ? Paul Ryan is the guy running around saying how much He loves Her for years. I am saying that Paul Ryan cannot serve 2 masters. Is it Rand or Christ? I am saying it is mutually exclusive.
Michael Caution August 21, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Again you are mistaken. Rand did propose that we treat all human interaction as though it were a (voluntary) trade but she in no way said this all reduces to economics. Her stance is not some form of social Darwinism or relations of utility, saying "What can you do for me?". If you watch the Mike Wallace interview she talks about the form of currency between lovers or friends is values. People respond to values in other people. People selfishly benefit from the values they share with other people and their lives are greatly enhanced. There is no finite sum of values. One does not get "tapped out" in the realm of values. The way relations dissolve between people is if they don't live up to their professed values. This is all expressed in Rand's description of the virtues of justice, integrity, honesty, and independence. As for the political manifestation I recommend her essays "Man's Rights" and "The Nature of Government" http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=objectivism_advessays
Michael Caution August 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Psychologism and ad hominem. You have a false prejudiced view of Rand. Give up the ghost and try to see things for what they are.

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