Paul Ryan erases Ayn Rand from the picture

With his new-found high profile, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is now on the “oft-mentioned list” of potential vice presidential candidates. Not coincidentally, he also finds himself trying to defend brutal cuts in services to the poor and others in need that he has proposed in his “Path to Prosperity” budget.

So, in an interview published Thursday in National Review, Ryan made it a point to dismiss as “urban myth” the notion that he draws inspiration and guidance from Ayn Rand, the libertarian philosopher-queen who celebrates the self over all else and who dismisses the very notion of a social contract.

Ryan was pretty explicit:

“I reject her philosophy. It’s an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas. Don’t give me Ayn Rand.”

I find urban myths a fascinating phenomenon. For example, you could write a book about all the urban myths that have popped up about Barack Obama, from the “whitey tape” and the birth certificate to “see India on $200 million a day.” If you try to trace them back to their source, as you would trace a creek back to its source, you often find yourself peering into a dark, dank swamp of fear and fabrication.

So which vile soul started this urban myth about Ryan’s supposed affection for Ayn Rand? I think I have found a clue:

And then there’s this:

“I give out Atlas Shrugged as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it. Well… I try to make my interns read it.”

And:

“Ayn Rand, more than anybody else, did a fantastic job explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism, and that, to me, is what matters most.”

And:

“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.”

That’s all Paul Ryan, folks.

Now, as to this Thomas Aquinas fellow to whom Ryan suddenly and conveniently pledges such allegiance. If the budget chairman truly has begun to study the works of St. Thomas, such as his 13th century classic Summa Theologica, that’s great. He will have much to gain from the experience.

Regarding this alleged “urban myth,” for example, Aquinas might remind Ryan that “A lie is evil … it is unnatural and undue for anyone to signify by words something that is not in his mind.”

And as to that budget?

“Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need.”

I can’t wait to see such lessons reflected in Ryan’s politics, can you?

– Jay Bookman

358 comments Add your comment

Lord Help Us

April 27th, 2012
12:28 pm

And the cons will buy it….

saywhat?

April 27th, 2012
12:29 pm

chick, chick, BURN!

Well done Jay. Did you dig this up yourself, or did you run acoss it elsewhere?

They BOTH suck

April 27th, 2012
12:33 pm

This calls for the “tried and true” Doobie Bros classic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7-BBADPAvE

Guess someone must have told Ryan that she was an atheist as well as a meth head……………..

He might have forgiven the meth……………

hahahahaa

Lord Help Us

April 27th, 2012
12:33 pm

The more I see of Ryan, the more he appears to be fluff…He has someone gotten himself annointed as the ‘budget/numbers guru.’

Once the onion peels back one layer, he appears to be just another suit…

Jay

April 27th, 2012
12:34 pm

I saw his quotes elsewhere but found the video, Say.

You may recall I wrote on this earlier: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2012/03/30/paul-ryan-budget-seeks-ayn-rands-america/

FrankLeeDarling

April 27th, 2012
12:35 pm

I read Rand in college,complete rubbish.

getalife

April 27th, 2012
12:37 pm

It is fiction not reality.

willard will probably flip flop on the ryan plan.

liberalefty

April 27th, 2012
12:37 pm

do these angry christian conservatives ever think about anything other than punishing the poor?

USinUK

April 27th, 2012
12:38 pm

thanks, Jay – your post gives me a chance to dust off this classic:

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

Peadawg

April 27th, 2012
12:38 pm

Good grief Paul Ryan is all over the place.

*In the Chandler Bing voice* Could he be any more confused?

USinUK

April 27th, 2012
12:39 pm

“do these angry christian conservatives ever think about anything other than punishing the poor?”

beat them with their bootstraps???

liberalefty

April 27th, 2012
12:40 pm

why does it seems that every rightwinger is a constitusional expert all of a sudden? its amazing the education they get from hate{talk} radio

redneckbluedog

April 27th, 2012
12:40 pm

“Giving people back more of their own money” sounds AWESOME…….HOWEVER…..GW Bush and the Tea Party have tried that over the past 11 years…..AND IT HAS FAILED…..

With these HUGE deficits….Now is not the time to try a RECKLESS AND RISKY TAX CUT SCHEME…!!!!

What we need is a good, sound, proven, responsible tax policy, like the one under President Clinton, to restore this country to FISCAL DISCIPLINE…!!!!!!

If United States citizens do not understand this and vote in November to continue reckless, risky, and irresponsible tax policy (that has created NO growth nor jobs), we will be forced to resort to Socialism in order to sustain the economy…..

USinUK

April 27th, 2012
12:41 pm

P’dawg – I think that would be “could he BE any more confused” ;-)

Aquagirl

April 27th, 2012
12:42 pm

Anybody remember the name we settled on for a group of Rand followers?

Union

April 27th, 2012
12:43 pm

“raises hand”
waffle.. its not just for breakfast anymore.

jay..
on your pretty circle chart from the previous post.. it shows military spending from around the world it shows chinas budget to be @ 8x’s smaller than the us. any idea how much labor is factored into this? given that the chinese pay @ 20x less in labor cost?

no biggie.. just didnt know if that was something you knew off the top of that big skull.

larry

April 27th, 2012
12:43 pm

Ryan is the perfect VP canidate for Romney. Both of them are flip-flopping worse than a fish out of water.

Peadawg

April 27th, 2012
12:44 pm

USinUK
April 27th, 2012
12:41 pm

Awesome..that made my day. I’m glad someone knew what I was talking about.

TaxPayer

April 27th, 2012
12:45 pm

What light through yon hypocrite’s window doth flicker!

I do think young Ryan is auditioning for Veep by sharing his Etch-A-Sketch.

getalife

April 27th, 2012
12:48 pm

Raise military spending paid for by cutting food stamps.

Ending Medicare.

Radical rw ideology.

larry

April 27th, 2012
12:48 pm

“do these angry christian conservatives ever think about anything other than punishing the poor?”

Well, if Romney wins and adopts the Ryan budget plan , you can add punishing the elderly to punishing the poor.

In fact , the only segment of society( And you can include the military) that will not get punished will be wealthy. The only thing Ryan will cut of theirs is their taxes.

Tall

April 27th, 2012
12:49 pm

“…Not coincidentally, he also finds himself trying to defend brutal cuts in services to the poor and others in need that he has proposed in his “Path to Prosperity” budget…..”

Mr. Bookman:

At the rate the Federal is adding to the budget deficit, there will be no programs for anyone. A token raise in taxes on the “rich” will not cut it.

Brosephus™

April 27th, 2012
12:49 pm

The video is a fake!!!!!!!! It’s an attempt to discredit a fine and upstanding member of Congress who’s trying to do what’s right for America.

Just though I’d get that one out of the way for Rag n ‘nem. :)

Mick

April 27th, 2012
12:49 pm

“Rand underwent surgery for lung cancer in 1974 after decades of heavy smoking.[80] In 1976 she retired from writing her newsletter, and despite her initial objections reluctantly allowed Evva Pryor, a consultant from her attorney’s office, to sign her up for Social Security and Medicare”

Do as I say, don’t do as I do…

mm

April 27th, 2012
12:52 pm

The etch-a-sketch party.

Oscar

April 27th, 2012
12:52 pm

Darn these pesky video tapes and people that write down things I say.
– Paul Ryan

USinUK

April 27th, 2012
12:52 pm

DannyX

April 27th, 2012
12:54 pm

Republicans sure love their Etch-a-Sketch toys.

They used after Bush and got addicted to the darn things.

Shake it up Republicans!

mm

April 27th, 2012
12:54 pm

“A token raise in taxes on the “rich” will not cut it”

And a token raise in taxes on the poor won’t cut it either.

So the middle class will continue to carry the load until corporations start paying their fair share.

Rafe Hollister

April 27th, 2012
12:55 pm

do these angry christian conservatives ever think about anything other than punishing the poor

Yeah right, in any other country in the world the poor would stand in long lines for days to be punished like we “punish” our cell phone absorbed, obese, American Idol following poor.

ragnar danneskjold

April 27th, 2012
12:55 pm

Dear Both @ 12:34 downstairs, good afternoon. Ayn Rand does not need my “defense” – unlike leftist thinkers, her writing stands on its own, does not require a cheerleader. She will continue to be read 50 years after people have forgotten the name “Noam Chomsky” (I suppose he is the last leftist theorist standing?)

When I had my then-middle-school sons read “Atlas,” I counseled them that the book was brilliant but not perfect in its thesis, and later explained its ethical limitations in language they could understand. Ryan – and almost any other thinking conservative – probably sees it that way too. Leftists do not routinely engage in critical thought, more of a “four legs good, two legs bad” level of analysis.

larry

April 27th, 2012
12:56 pm

The etch-a-sketch party. And at that party , they were probably playing this…………..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgZOYt5kH9Q

getalife

April 27th, 2012
12:56 pm

I still can’t get over the gop putting their radical agenda on paper.

Most of the gop running for election are throwing ryan under the bus knowing it is a sure loser.

Mr Right

April 27th, 2012
12:58 pm

pretty typical, the party of NO BUDGET criticizing anybody that proposes one!

getalife

April 27th, 2012
12:59 pm

I don’t think rag can determine fiction from reality.

mm

April 27th, 2012
12:59 pm

Wow Rags, you had very liitle credibility as it was. With that last post, I think you are now in the negative.

They BOTH suck

April 27th, 2012
1:00 pm

Rag

“Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Little Red Riding Hood” has been read millions of times as well and will be for years and years……. Does that make it true based on number of times read?

Why is Ryan attempting to deny Rand? It is not the “left’s” words, but his own

liberalefty

April 27th, 2012
1:00 pm

@ragnar

and 50 years from now people will still read TUPAC SHAKUR too, whats your point?

Mary Elizabeth

April 27th, 2012
1:01 pm

As I have mentioned before, FDR had spoken of a “Second Bill of Rights for all Americans.” Eleanor Roosevelt modeled her own message, entitled, “Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” of which she spoke and advocated throughout the world via the United Nations, upon her husband’s Second Bill of Rights proposal for all Americans.

Their visions, for America and for the world community, contrast with Paul Ryan’s views and with the social agenda of most other current day Republicans.

Please view that part of FDR’s message from his last inaugural address, which is commonly referred to as “FDR’s Second Bill of Rights Speech,” on YouTube in the link, below.

What American would not support what FDR proposes? Roosevelt’s last line: “For unless there is security here at home, there cannot be lasting peace in the world.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EZ5bx9AyI4

liberalefty

April 27th, 2012
1:01 pm

why are these “less government is best” politicians getting free government healthcare?

getalife

April 27th, 2012
1:01 pm

mr, wrong,

Our President proposed budgets but after they passed w’s budgets to give us our huge deficit, they will not pass our President’s budget so they can fight over it

congress is to blame as usual.

They BOTH suck

April 27th, 2012
1:02 pm

“Leftists do not routinely engage in critical thought, more of a “four legs good, two legs bad” level of analysis”

That is exactly why I mentioned for you to come upstairs

If any one can provide a one sided, myopic view of things………….. you came to mind

No offense, but your past postings will have to suffice has my proof at this time

mm

April 27th, 2012
1:02 pm

“the party of NO BUDGET”

Q. Why don’t you cons grow up and stop with the lies and nonsense?

A. Because if you did, nobody would vote for your party.

JamVet - Stay ignorant, my friends...

April 27th, 2012
1:04 pm

The free loader needs to pay back those two years of the SS benefits he’s received.

Because it’s those very kinds of immoral attacks on individualism that are killing this country.

liberalefty

April 27th, 2012
1:04 pm

if government is soooo bad {according to gop} why does MILQUETOAST MITT want the top government job?

carlosgvv

April 27th, 2012
1:05 pm

Looks like Ryan’s “path to prosperty” budget should read “more prosperty to the rich” and “fewer crumbs to the middle-class”.
It’s no accident Ryan can now say “I reject her philosophy”, knowing this is a complete lie. He knows the Republican electorate will now believe anything they are told by their politicians, no matter how false. How did Republican voters come to be this gullible?

Mr Right

April 27th, 2012
1:05 pm

hmmm, when was the last time the senate even tried to pass a budget?

ZoSo

April 27th, 2012
1:06 pm

Finn McCool (Class Warfare === Stopping Rich People from TAKING MORE of OUR MONEY)

April 27th, 2012
1:07 pm

Ryan for VP
Don’t you have to be older than 12 to be VP?

liberalefty

April 27th, 2012
1:07 pm

am i the only one tired of the faux individualistic bs spouted by career rightwing politicians? these career bs artists have been on the government dole for decades while telling everybody how bad the government is.

JamVet - Stay ignorant, my friends...

April 27th, 2012
1:08 pm

I read Rand in college,complete rubbish.

Franklee, I bought Anus Shrugged in paperback years ago and tried to read it. Twice.

It was so insufferably awful that I could not get past 50 pages either time. Seriously…

Union

April 27th, 2012
1:09 pm

mm..

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/18/usa-congress-budget-idUSL2E8FHJNB20120418

NO BUDGET NEEDED?

“Senate Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Conrad himself, have said for months that a budget resolution was not necessary because fiscal 2013 spending levels were already set by legislation to end last year’s debt limit standoff.”

liberalefty

April 27th, 2012
1:10 pm

carlossgvv 1:05

PUBLIC ENEMY has an album called FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET!…lol

getalife

April 27th, 2012
1:10 pm

I don’t read fiction.

ragnar danneskjold

April 27th, 2012
1:10 pm

Dear mm @ 12:59, you err in your assumption than any conservative cares about “credibility” with leftists.

Dear Both @ 1:00 and 1:02, one perceives you have not read Atlas – otherwise you would understand my post. I think almost any conservative would agree with what I wrote, save those whose egos are so weak that they think they have to pander to leftists. I do not assign such to Ryan in his critique – sounds like my thoughts too.

Finn McCool (Class Warfare === Stopping Rich People from TAKING MORE of OUR MONEY)

April 27th, 2012
1:12 pm

Path to Prosperity

Shouldn’t that be “Path to White Middle-Age Male Prosperity”?

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

April 27th, 2012
1:12 pm

From Conserva wiki whatever pedia

“Ragnar Danneskjöld (born 1980), in Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged, was a philosopher who became a privateer. Alone he defied the might of the United States Navy and of all the People’s Navies of the world to be, as he famously said, “the friend of the friendless.”

Our wittle pirate!

ragnar danneskjold

April 27th, 2012
1:13 pm

Dear Liberal @ 1:00, your note calls to mind one of the funniest blog posts I ever read, on a music site. Some obviously teen-aged girl was marveling at the orvre of someone named Eminem and queried – seemingly seriously – whether people would still be listening to his music in 300 years, as with Mozart.

ragnar danneskjold

April 27th, 2012
1:14 pm

Apologies, typo spoiled the laugh, “ouvre”

King of Everything

April 27th, 2012
1:14 pm

The attack on the “Moral Foundation of America’ is currently spearheaded by The Republican Party who always side with Private Sector over Gov’t, and side with Gov’t over people, who believe that people should not be paid fairly for their work, and also that people should not be taxed fairly according to what this great country has allowed them to earn. Nobody loves a handout more (from campaign contributors) than your Congressmen and Senators.

liberalefty

April 27th, 2012
1:14 pm

99% of rightwingers never read RANDS book, they just repeat the gop talking points. just like the “constitutional scholars” that have cropped up since a black man took office in the white house.

ragnar danneskjold

April 27th, 2012
1:15 pm

Dear Granny @ 1:12, good afternoon, long time no chat, I do it just for you!

Doggone/GA

April 27th, 2012
1:15 pm

“NO BUDGET NEEDED?”

Now you’re catching up! A federal budget is just out outline of intentions. It has no power and no force. What REALLY matters are allocation bills.

getalife

April 27th, 2012
1:15 pm

It is ignorant to form domestic policy on a book of fiction.

What is next?

Forming foreign policy on My Pet Goat.

Lets dwell in the real world rag.

They BOTH suck

April 27th, 2012
1:15 pm

Rags

I have Atlas and what the world will become if all the “producers” are taken away or somehow no longer “producing”………..

Your point about how many time it was read or for how many years……. was pointless

One can point to all sort of books for any designation you pick and say the same.

And just an FYI….. the world is not just made up of conservatives………. just so you know

You know as well as I that Ryan is being a fool to back peddle and surely looks like a fool

Looks no different than any pandering, flip flopping politician in any political party

I do hope he is Romney’s VP choice

They BOTH suck

April 27th, 2012
1:18 pm

Rags..

One more for you…….

You are more then welcome to make all the inferences you like from her book and attempt to apply them the real world, but in the end it was a work of fiction, written to push one’s own economic views…… Let’s get real here

Nothing more, nothing less

But you have a great weekend

JamVet - Stay ignorant, my friends...

April 27th, 2012
1:18 pm

rags, you forced your middle-school sons to read that tripe?

Jeebus!

You should have been giving them Swift, Verne, Johann David Wyss, Robert Louis Stevenson, Tolkien, Twain and Kipling.

Lemme guess, you made them read Flannery O’Connor too…

My Party has ALL the answers. Your party is full of poopyheads! (formerly That Black Guy)

April 27th, 2012
1:18 pm

Jam, I answered your question downstairs.

ragnar danneskjold

April 27th, 2012
1:19 pm

Dear Both @ 1:15, your post still sounds like a cliff’s notes version, does not reflect acquaintance with the first 600 pages, which for me is the heart of the book. No offense intended.

ragnar danneskjold

April 27th, 2012
1:20 pm

Dear Both @ 1:18, thanks, agree to disagree, have a great weekend.

Oscar

April 27th, 2012
1:20 pm

JamVet – Stay ignorant, my friends…

April 27th, 2012
1:08 pm

_______

Good move. I read the whole thing and all it did was get worse.

TM

April 27th, 2012
1:20 pm

and our President’s mentor is Robin Hood, steal from the rich and give to the poor.

TaxPayer

April 27th, 2012
1:21 pm

AMZN is up 16%. I think investors like what they saw. The Interwebs is definitely still the place to be for growth.

getalife

April 27th, 2012
1:22 pm

rag,

Do you know what fiction means?

getalife

April 27th, 2012
1:23 pm

“House Passes Student Loan Bill That Cuts Women’s Health Program” Aol.

No war on women?

Yeah, right.

ragnar danneskjold

April 27th, 2012
1:23 pm

Dear Jam @ 1:18, you don’t know anything about Rand. “Make them” read the book? How un-Randian, compulsion is the tool of a leftist. Silly goose, I told them there was a $100 bill on the last page, and I made good on the promise, of course.

Oscar

April 27th, 2012
1:23 pm

mm

April 27th, 2012
12:54 pm
“A token raise in taxes on the “rich” will not cut it”

__________

Nobody ever said that was all that is needed. But it will help. Together with cuts in defense and reducing waste in medicare.

scrappy

April 27th, 2012
1:23 pm

“Yeah right, in any other country in the world the poor would stand in long lines for days to be punished like we “punish” our cell phone absorbed, obese, American Idol following poor.”

So, you are admitting that the GOP will not be happy until they have destroyed the middle class, turned us into a class-based poor society like India, fighting for enough food to eat?

ragnar danneskjold

April 27th, 2012
1:24 pm

Dear Getalife @ 1:22, good afternoon, “Do you know what fiction means?” Sure, “hope and change.”

getalife

April 27th, 2012
1:25 pm

rag,

They took the hundred but did not read your fiction silly.

Mighty Righty

April 27th, 2012
1:25 pm

Jay must know something I don’t know. He states that Ryan’s budget will result in brutal cuts in services to the poor and others without mentioning a single example. Please Jay, enlighten us with your grasp of the facts. Just how much in dollars will be cut from the current cost of the programs you claim the Ryan budget will cut. Please identify the programs, the dollars to be cut, and exactly when the cuts will take place. Otherwise the are just urban myths.

getalife

April 27th, 2012
1:26 pm

rag,

You don’t know what fiction means?

It is not real and ignorant to form domestic policy on fiction.

Mick

April 27th, 2012
1:28 pm

ragnar

What a sterile life it must be if you need to pay someone to read a book…

getalife

April 27th, 2012
1:30 pm

It is child abuse rag.

Social Services should pay you a visit.

Mighty Righty

April 27th, 2012
1:31 pm

TM… “President’s mentor is Robin Hood, steal from the rich and give to the poor”

Actually Robin Hood took from the King (read government) and gave to the over taxed poor. If Robin were here today, he would raid the IRS, the Fedral Reserve and the White House..

They BOTH suck

April 27th, 2012
1:31 pm

It is amusing that Rags would call someone else a tool, while he goosesteps in a perfect line behind his own ideology….. He either doesn’t know it or worse yet like a good “tool” he knows his purpose and proceeds without question…….

At least that is what his blogging persona seems to portray……

hahahahahahhaa

He does crack me up………. I must admit that

To each his or her own

Out for awhile

liberalefty

April 27th, 2012
1:32 pm

i didnt read RAND growing up but i did read HUSTLER magazine. are they similar?

Union

April 27th, 2012
1:33 pm

Oscar
April 27th, 2012
1:23 pm

“Nobody ever said that was all that is needed. But it will help. Together with cuts in defense and reducing waste in medicare.”

in addition to cutting waste all over the place.. but no one has the cajones sp? to do that. just read the article on the recommendation that dekalb needs to cut some school jobs because they have so many redundant positions.. they wont do it though.. as its a jobs program.. not an education program.

scrappy

April 27th, 2012
1:33 pm

TM – that is actually a pretty good example. Robin Hood stood up to and fought back against those that tried to impose onto the poor their taxes & their values, while creating a no-way out situation for the poor & beliving that such things shouldn’t affect the wealthy.

GOP & the robin-hood story evil king of england have a lot in common.

JamVet - Stay ignorant, my friends...

April 27th, 2012
1:34 pm

(formerly That Black Guy), thanks.

I’ll get down there later. (Multitasking now, as it is…)

Mary Elizabeth

April 27th, 2012
1:34 pm

Paul Ryan, and many other Republicans, have drawn a false dichotomy for Americans. Ryan writes, “Ayn Rand, more than anybody else, did a fantastic job explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism. . .”

One can be both an individual, and even a leader in innovations that express one’s talents, and also be the beneficiary of society’s social programs, which benefit all. Being the beneficiary of social programs, which enhance the human rights of all, does not mean that one is less free to express his or her “individualism.”

Moreover, the people, themselves, should decide, through their votes, what they want from their government and what they want their government to be. They are, in fact, their government – a representative government. As Jefferson had said (paraphrased), “When the people change, the laws (and even the Constitution) should be changed to accommodate their emerging sensibilities.”

liberalefty

April 27th, 2012
1:34 pm

wheres are all the jobs the millionaires are supposed to be creating? afterall the reason not to raise taxes on the rich is because theyre job producers right? so wheres the jobs?

Bruno

April 27th, 2012
1:34 pm

More evidence that we need to do away with hate crimes laws:

http://www.ajc.com/sports/detroit-tigers-outfielder-delmon-1427181.html

(ir)Rational

April 27th, 2012
1:35 pm

TBS – Interesting that you accuse someone of “goosestep[ping]…behind his own ideology.” Ummm, isn’t that what we all do? Follow our own ideology? I mean, it is how I live my life. If not your own, who’s do you follow?

They BOTH suck

April 27th, 2012
1:39 pm

ir(rational)

No everyone in life doesn’t go with the flow…… some do question even their own ideology

Try it sometime……………

I was referring to the left / right paradigm that many on this board, Rags being one of those on the right, who can’t see outside that prism or elect not too……… yet will call someone else a “tool”

What other clarification do you need?

Will respond when I get back

James Thomas

April 27th, 2012
1:40 pm

Great hatchet job on Paul Ryan…well deserved..He can’t have it both ways….

Still waiting on the same journalistic diligence on Obama’s connections and support of Derick Bell, James Cone, and Rev. Wright. Probably shouldn’t hold my breath though.

They BOTH suck

April 27th, 2012
1:40 pm

ir(Rational)

I will make it simple……….. “pot calling the kettle black”

peace

JamVet - Stay ignorant, my friends...

April 27th, 2012
1:41 pm

Dear Jam @ 1:18, you don’t know anything about Rand.

And you make uninformed, foolish statements.

Paying youngsters to read that drivel? How warped.

ragnar danneskjold

April 27th, 2012
1:41 pm

Dear get @ 1:25, the younger one can still quote long passages from the book by memory. Scary, except that his photographic memory is on display daily with the Navy also. We can agree that a leftist would have merely taken the money – that is not a conservative trait.

Doggone/GA

April 27th, 2012
1:42 pm

“Still waiting on the same journalistic diligence”

Journalism is on the NEWS pages. THIS is an OPINON page.