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Obama swipes at Paul Ryan's Ayn Rand fandom
Associated Press ^ | Oct. 25, 2012 | Justin Sink

Posted on 10/25/2012 7:46:33 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

President Obama dismissed Ayn Rand, whom Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said at one point "inspired him," as having "a pretty narrow vision" in an interview with Rolling Stone.

"Well, you'd have to ask Paul Ryan what that means to him," Obama said in the interview. "Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we'd pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we're only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we're considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity – that that's a pretty narrow vision."

The president went on to describe Rand's objectivist philosophy — which emphasizes self-interest — as having overtaken the GOP.

"It's not one that, I think, describes what's best in America," Obama said. "Unfortunately, it does seem as if sometimes that vision of a 'you're on your own' society has consumed a big chunk of the Republican Party."

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To: Free ThinkerNY

I doubt that Zero ever read Ayn Rand or any other book that didn’t come with a box of crayons.

Given his obvious lack of language skills (when he has no TOTUS)it would not surprise me to learn that Zero has nothing beyond a GED.

I’m not mocking people who get a GED to better their lives. I just think that Zero’s higher education is fantasy.

51 posted on 10/26/2012 8:04:17 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Aggie Mama; alarm rider; alexander_busek; AlligatorEyes; AmericanGirlRising; ...
Obama's critique of Rand and Atlas Shrugged is almost exactly what my high school English teacher said nearly half a century ago.
52 posted on 10/26/2012 8:21:42 AM PDT by Publius (Will comply with 10-289 for food.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

How many Obama voters even know what a book is?........

53 posted on 10/26/2012 8:29:03 AM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What he is really saying here is that Rand’s works appeal to the immature, and eventually one “grows up” and “realizes that collectivism is a more inclusive society.” In other words, he is claiming to be enlightened.

The reality is that leftists must deny facts and true history to claim their brand of enlightenment. They hope that people are ignorant enough to deny truths and will therefore cast their ballots in support of collectivists.

Rand’s repudiation of collectivism requires enlightenment, Obama claims to be enlightened while denying factual history and hoping for widespread ignorance. By making the statements that he is making, Obama is proving Ayn right!

54 posted on 10/26/2012 8:39:58 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: richardtavor
obama never read Ann Rand, or he would have learned something.

Apparently, neither did you.

55 posted on 10/26/2012 10:58:19 AM PDT by Misterioso ("Do you like Ayn Rand?" "Kinda, how 'bout you?" "Well, I grew beyond her." "Oh, me too, just today.")
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56 posted on 10/26/2012 11:35:10 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Publius

These are some desperation attacks from Osama.

I know why he doesn’t want to talk about his own terrible record but this is getting ridiculous.

57 posted on 10/26/2012 5:15:33 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

President Bumper Sticker thinks Directive 10-289 is a feature, not a bug. So yeah, I can where he would have a problem with Rand

58 posted on 10/26/2012 5:36:30 PM PDT by kb2614 (Cheer up, for the worst is yet to come!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Says a member of Jeremiah Wright’s congregation.

59 posted on 10/28/2012 2:42:12 PM PDT by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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