Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan for Vice President is making many conservatives happy. Due to a couple of good political moves, GOP voters consider Paul Ryan is a real fiscal conservative and a libertarian follower of Ayn Rand.
This is far from true. Paul Ryan is not conservative. First, let’s take on that last statement regarding Ayn Rand.
Ayn Rand was not a libertarian, in fact she was anti-libertarian. Rand believed in selfishness as the greatest good, with traditional values and Jesus’ "Golden Rule" as evil. Atlas Shrugged, one of her most famous works, condemns St. Paul’s famous statement that "the love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Tim 6:10 KJV), and also features a utopia where there is a temple to "the Self".
Ayn Rand supported an infinite Cold War, extreme copyright and patent regulations, and many other anti-libertarian ideas, collecting welfare along the way. When the inconveniences of libertarianism interfered with the self-worship she coined Objectivism, Rand went with the latter.
This is also true of Paul Ryan. His support for Rand and the anti-Judeo-Christian self-worship she promoted can be seen in his variety of left-wing policies. Ryan votes for bank bailouts, subsidizes farms and labor unions, supports Medicare Part D, the Patriot Act, and torture at Guantanamo. Does this sound like libertarianism to you?
Like Mitt Romney, the single-issue candidate who is about nothing but "jobs", Paul Ryan tries his best to dodge discussing any social issues, diverting the issue to "the budget" – just like a devout Objectivist, who will say and do anything to rise to the top.
Welcome to the Occupy Wall Street era of the GOP. Selfishness, theft, violence, unions, socialist national health care, giving money away to America-hating foreigners – like a child who wants a cookie, "I just want my job."
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