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There are a lot of Rand haters around here, but that piece from Atlas Shrugs is dead on the money. Well done, Laz.
Well written as always. My thought was of poor old Lazar M. Kaganovich, Stalin’s railway boss and sometimes oppressor of kulaks in the Ukraine (gotta have a hobby, you know). Iron Lazar had the misfortune to live into his 90’s and watch the collapse of the system he built. His last words were uttered while watching on TV the violence around the parliament building in Moscow. They were “It’s a catastrophe!” Then he died.
Now, I’m not gonna die and I’m not an oppressor of kulaks, but I do know how old Lazar felt. What has happened to our country is a catastrophe. It’s not just health care, it’s the EPA, the trial lawyers, the worship of homosexuality in our public institutions, and the creation of a permanent unproductive underclass of moochers.
I am ashamed of my country and my people. I will not fly Old Glory next Wednesday, and may not do so again. I just cannot support the government that recognizes no obligation to serve or protect me, and has no sense of restraint in the exercise of it’s power over me. Instead it only exists to exploit and oppress me. I too am a student of history. German history. No German in 1925 would have considered stuffing all the Jews into ovens. Twenty years later they had done that to six million of them. After the nightmare was over they all wrung their hands in self-pity asking “how could we have let this happen?”
Someday, will the American people have to ask the same question?
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We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. - Ayn Rand
Brilliant essay, perfect quote. Sad situation.
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