Paul “Mr. Weinermobile” Ryan has stepped up to the Veepstakes plate and taken a few tentative swings at his opponents. Of course, the punditocracy has already decided the election is now a dead solid Republican landslide or Democratic landslide or a wash, depending on their point of view for the next three minutes or when George Stephanopoulos asks an embarrassing question…whichever comes first.
It’s far too early for reasonable predictions and anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool or, well, a fool. However, there are some interesting details that may or may not be important in the end. Here is one of them:
Arch-Aynrandist Ryan is stepping away from his beloved Ayn (pronounced “eye-n” for the uncrapulists among you). This is particularly surprising since Ryan claims Ayn led him down the garden path of individualistic objectivism with the aplomb of Jerry Sandusky pied pipering little boys to his basement.
Queue the Bee Gees, ‘How Deep is Your Love?’
In an ABC interview, Ryan professed his deep love, “I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are. It inspired me so much that it’s required reading in my office for all interns and my staff.”
“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. And the fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism vs. collectivism.”
It sounds like Ryan frenching Sarah Palin’s lipsticked pig – any more tongue and we’d all choke on a river of pig spittle.
However, Ryan has learned the waffly ways of his Tea Party masters well and they fit with his titular boss’s like a flip-flopping mitten.
“If devotion to truth is the hallmark of morality, then there is no greater, nobler, more heroic devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking,” Rand wrote.
Ryan has spent many a year in a zero-reflection bubble. He is not given to “greater, nobler, more heroic thinking”, despite his position in the pantheon of Great Republican Thinkers like New Gingrich.
Ryan’s heroic thinking is blind to the notion that objectivism, or believing you’re out for yourself and to hell with everyone else, is as flawed as Stalin shipping the peasants off to the collective (or cemetery should you have looked askance on his perfection).
A Mixed Faith Marriage Not Made in Politics
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