The GOP has a real problem with the libertarian streak that is running through the the conservative punditry. I liken it to that white stripe that is a tell-tale sign of a small vile smelling little creature. When Newt Gingrich went after Mitt Romney on the subject of Bain, I suspect he did not realize the GOP no longer embraces that sort of capitalism – the kind Reagan supported and Rand detested him for. Instead, it is about the selfish.
“…Politics-capitalism. While Rand often disparaged Soviet totalitarian collectivism, she had little to say about corporate totalitarian collectivism, as she conveniently neglected the reality that giant U.S. corporations, like the Soviet Union, do not exactly celebrate individualism, freedom, or courage. Rand was clever and hypocritical enough to know that you don’t get rich in the United States talking about compliance and conformity within corporate America. Rather, Rand gave lectures titled: “America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business.” So, young careerist corporatists could embrace Rand’s self-styled “radical capitalism” and feel radical – radical without risk…”
This is the real problem. I found a fascinating article about Rand, and the theory that she is responsible for the destruction of the real America. I must agree.
“…When I was a kid, my reading included comic books and Rand’s The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. There wasn’t much difference between the comic books and Rand’s novels in terms of the simplicity of the heroes. What was different was that unlike Superman or Batman, Rand made selfishness heroic, and she made caring about others weakness.
Rand said, “Capitalism and altruism are incompatible….The choice is clear-cut: either a new morality of rational self-interest, with its consequences of freedom, justice, progress and man’s happiness on earth-or the primordial morality of altruism, with its consequences of slavery, brute force, stagnant terror and sacrificial furnaces.” For many young people, hearing that it is “moral” to care only about oneself can be intoxicating, and some get addicted to this idea for life.
I have known several people, professionally and socially, whose lives have been changed by those close to them who became infatuated with Ayn Rand. A common theme is something like this: “My ex-husband wasn’t a bad guy until he started reading Ayn Rand. Then he became a completely selfish jerk who destroyed our family, and our children no longer even talk to him.”…
The Pink Flamingo finds rather humorous, and annoying the way Mitt Romney’s increasingly shrill, self-centered, pandering, and just plain strange supporters are literally closing their eyes to everything but All Mitt All the Time. In order to prop up their messiah, they are ignoring a so darn much. In order to prop him up, they are making themselves look utterly ridiculous. They are rapidly losing credibility. One writer went so far as to say that America Hates Newt Gingrich. Yea, I know, it is insane. But, the punditry is in such a snit over South Carolina, that not only are they insulting people from South Carolina (this writer included) but they are ignoring reality.
“…Analysts are kidding themselves if they say Romney is the inevitable nominee. Simply put, there are very few states where he can perform among the major demographic groups the way he performed in South Carolina and still expect to win. And remember, this is still in many ways the electorate that selected Christine O’Donnell, Carl Paladino and Linda McMahon as its standard-bearers — in very blue states with relatively moderate GOP electorates, no less.
This vote was an utter repudiation of Romney, and it absolutely will be repeated in state after state if something doesn’t change the basic dynamic of the race. It is true that Gingrich doesn’t have funds or organization, but he gets a ton of free media from the debates, and he has an electorate that simply wants someone other than Romney….”
In all actuality, there are “two” realities here. One, Romney is not inevitable. He is not electable. The reason he isn’t electable is not really about Bain. It is about the candidate himself. Newt is now seen as electable as Mitt.
The second reality is that this campaign is a Rorschach Test for the GOP punditry. The Republican party is increasingly dominated by a punditry that sees itself as superior to the rest of us. Chris Christi is coming across as a nasty bully, calling Newt an embarrassment.. Ann Coulter has lost it, entirely. We hear that Tim Pawlenty has now been enlisted to go after Newt. Evidently it is now the battle of the surrogates so that Mitt won’t get his manicured fingers dirty. Jennifer Rubin is just plain irrational. All the punditry can do is discuss what a bad candidate Newt is. They are apparently incapable of introspection.
All of this leads me to the real reason for this specific rant. Once upon a time Ronald Reagan was viewed as a joke and unelectable.
“…To begin with, each was an unlikely president. One was a former movie actor and television host whose apparent hard-line ideology led many, including his 1980 opponent, Jimmy Carter, to mistake him as unelectable. Carter hoped to run against Reagan—and got his wish….”
We have a real problem with today’s conservative punditry. They are under the clutches of Rand and her almost perverted influence. Like others, she detested Reagan.
“…We hated Reagan because the grown-ups around us snickered at his old-time movie roles in Bedtime for Bonzo and Knute Rockne, All American. That we, at tender ages, were perfectly enamored of The Muppet Movie and E.T. and Rocky and Chariots of Fire bothered no one. We hated Reagan because MAD magazine mocked his interior secretary with the caption “Watt…We Worry!” Because New York Times editorials tended to sublimate MAD’s bias, at age twelve we gladly took out our first Gray Lady subscriptions — to the nodding approval of the grown-ups around us….”
“… During the debate, the two candidates provided clear differences of opinion on the issues. Carter’s answers resorted to more government programs and aid. Reagan, on the other hand, stayed on his recurring message of freeing the taxpayers and limiting government intervention. Although the candidates were very far apart on policy, the most striking difference was in appearance. As in the Anderson debate, Reagan was enthusiastic and self-assured. Carter seemed somber and preachy. Reagan’s brightest moment came when he asked the viewing audience a simple question: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” Carter’s solemn face reflected the answer coming out of many living rooms in America.
The victories in the debates and a continuous ad campaign reassured the public that Ronald Reagan could handle the job of President. Carter’s approval ratings were so low from the highly publicized trouble at home and abroad that he did not stand a chance in November. When the votes were tallied, Carter was out of office. Reagan won 489 electoral votes to Carter’s 49. After this sweeping victory, Ronald Reagan only furthered his image of charisma, humor, and charm in front of the camera. He went on to use various media outlets to make a connection with Americans of all walks of life. Reagan’s effective use of the media led to him being called “The Great Communicator.”…”
Reagan was so evil, he advertised cigarettes.