Birth certificate

English: United States Senate candidate , at a...

English: United States Senate candidate , at a town hall meeting in Louisville, . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rand Paul claims that Rand is short for Randall. Some say that Rand Paul was named for Ayn Rand. If he runs for president, I want him to produce a birth certificate to settle the question.

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Rand Paul part 2

Official portrait of United States Senator (R-KY).

Official portrait of United States Senator (R-KY). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A. Rand Paul, US Senator for Kentucky, claims that he was not named for Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged. He says that his first name is not Ayn; rather it is Rand, short for Randal.

Makers and takers

English: Ayn Rand's sign. Sicilianu: Signature...

English: Ayn Rand’s sign. Sicilianu: Signature de Ayn Rand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The term “makers and takers” comes from Ayn Rand‘s book Atlas Shrugged. In that book, John Galt is a Renaissance man who leads a strike by society’s makers to deny their services to all those he labels as takers, society’s drones who can’t create anything on their own. After the current, corrupt society in Washington, DC, and the rest of the country fails, the makers will end their strike and retake their rightful place as the leaders of America. No mention here of democracy. What happens to one man, one vote in Ayn Rand’s version of America? Is the vote limited to only society’s makers?

The argument over who can vote is as old as democracy itself, going back to ancient Greece. Some want to limit the franchise to men, not women, of property, while others support universal suffrage, as I do. The question always boils down to who is permitted to vote, once you start limiting the vote. Personally, I believe that taking the vote away from anyone, felons included, as is the case in some states is a mistake.

Mitt Romney treated 47% of the populace with disdain, but many of them voted for him. Mitt’s vote total would have been much less if those who don’t pay Federal income tax could not vote. Look at a map of the US divided into red and blue states. It is ironic that most red states voting GOP receive more in Federal “gifts” than they pay in taxes, while most blue states pay more in Federal taxes than they receive in Federal “gifts.” If you judge who is a maker by how much they pay in taxes and who is a taker by how much they receive, then you must label blue, Democratic-leaning states as makers and red, GOP-leaning states as takers. That is just the reverse of what the 1% are telling us.

Please see Atlas Shrugged | Ayn Randistan

Mitt practices what Ayn preached

Mitt Romney practices what Ayn Rand preached in Atlas Shrugged. Income taxes are theft by the government. Therefore Mitt tries to minimize his taxes to the maximum extent legal. In Atlas Shrugged, John Galt refunded income taxes to the producers in total and in gold. Ayn Rand was also opposed to the Federal Reserve and paper currency. She advocated a return to the gold standard. No one has yet asked Mitt what his position is on the gold standard. We already know that Ron Paul is opposed to the Federal Reserve. IMHO it would be worthwhile to question Mitt on this point.

Who is Mitt Romney?

Who is Mitt Romney?

Who is John Galt? That is the question that recurs often in Ayn rand’s Atlas Shrugged. John Galt was the inventor of perpetual motion in the form of a motor that ran on the static electricity found in the atmosphere. John Galt abandoned his invention because he would have been required to share the rewards with others, rather than be compensated solely for his invention. Ayn rand preached that builders and inventors were the people who held society together. She urged that the risk takers should go on strike, leaving the looters and moochers to fend for themselves. She argued that society would collapse without them, the job creators of today’s GOP.

Who is Mitt Romney? We don’t know who Mitt Romney really is. He won’t release his tax returns for more than two years. He changes his position hourly. In his book, No Apology, he tries to take opposing positions on most questions of the day. In Ayn Rand’s book, we finally do learn who John Galt is. He is a paragon of virtues, without human frailties. When if ever will we learn who Mitt Romney is?