published Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Is Atlas shrugging?

President Obama and the Democrats in Congress appear to intent on rewriting the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution. Currently, our supreme law of the land reads, "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

The version Democrats seem to prefer reads, "We the people, require membership in unions, demand social justice, politicize the common defense, promote welfare and all entitlements, and secure the blessings of liberty by insulting others' prosperity and taking their property..."

Days after Obama announced to American business owners that "you didn't build that" in promoting his collectivist agenda to the rights of communal benefits, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer supported the notion that the economy will do best when more people are on the dole.

Responding during a Congressional briefing to a question regarding the proposed tax increases at the year's end and their dramatically negative effect on America's fragile economy, Hoyer remarked, "...there are two things that are most stimulative that you can do -- one's unemployment insurance, the other's food stamps..."

So, according to the political party controlling the White House and half of the Congress, the American Dream presents two possible outcomes. One is to risk your own capital, create a business with your own efforts of sweat, tears, time and toil, then turn your earnings over to a government that legally plunders in the name of social fairness and egalitarianism...you know, "equality."

The second option is to live as a dependent upon the US government for your housing, your food, and your state-awarded rights.

Doubt that America's being led into a death spiral of dependency by those who are rejecting individual rights and success?

Investor's Business Daily (IBD) published an article, "Disability Ranks Outpace New Jobs in Obama Recovery" revealing that "More workers joined the federal government's disability program in June than got new jobs, according to two new government reports." IBD noted that, "[w]hile the economy has created 2.6 million jobs since June 2009, fully 3.1 million workers signed up for disability benefits."

Answer this: Using the Democrats' Preamble, who works? Who provides the tax revenue to the government that is spent for social services? Who creates the jobs when the government runs out of money?

The novel, "Atlas Shrugged," by Ayn Rand exposed "a dystopian United States where many of society's most productive citizens refuse to be exploited by increasing taxation and government regulations... The refusal evokes the imagery of what would happen if the mythological Atlas refused to continue to hold up the world."

Is Atlas shrugging?

Yes.

Will hundreds of millions of individual Atlases continue to hold up the world if government keeps weighing them down with more taxes, more regulations, more bureaucracy and less incentive to keep working?

Sadly, it seems unlikely.

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You mean Weeks after President Obama's words were deliberately and willfully misconstrued by the Republican noise machine, you're still engaging in the same lies and dishonesty.

Thanks for showing how much integrity you have.

Then again, by clinging to Ayn Rand you show who your heroes are. People who construct their own imaginary situations and pretend that those are reality. You know what people like you never understand about books is that the author gets to create their own version of the world, and they don't have to open it to argument.

You don't have that same luxury. Why don't you read some other books besides the libertarian screeds you so blindly worship?

August 5, 2012 at 1:02 a.m.
Easy123 said...

JonRoss,

"even it Barry's words were remotely misunderstood"

His words were taken completely out of context. And you are fully aware of that.

"knowing that most of his political associations through his entire life have been with Marxists and violent radicals"

That claim is completely false. Even if it were true, how would knowing "Marxists' make Obama one? I know many people that smoke marijuana, does that make me a drug user? I know others that drink alcohol frequently, does that make me an alcoholic? Your logic is flawed. But I'd love to hear a unlettered rebuttal.

"we know what he meant."

It's painfully obvious that you have no idea what Obama was saying because you continue to misapprehend his words.

"Obama is a Marxist thug."

Prove it. Oh wait, you can't. You and your Republican Gestapo have been trying to since 2008 and you have yet to come up with even the tiniest smidgen of evidence that would lend support to your claim. Anyone that claims that Obama is a Marxist, Communist, or Socialist has no clue what any of those words even mean. You discredit yourself and your side by making those claims.

August 5, 2012 at 10:21 a.m.
mikebfromky said...

Drew,

Ayn Rand's 'philosophy' is immoral. Although Ayn Rand's version of the preamble would indeed be more succinct, I GOT MINE F. U., I don't see anything in the Constitution's preamble that remotely resembles an immoral philosophy. I see just the opposite. And I would much rather live in a country that respects the rights of all of its citizens, not just the top 1% of its wage earners.

August 5, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.
moon4kat said...

The Preamble has been re-written by Republicans like Mitt Romney and the Koch Brothers. According to them it reads, "We the corporations of the United States in order to advance our selfish interests, deny fairness to living people, impose our will on all . . ."

I don't support the idea of a dependency society. Nor do I support the notion that corporations are people. They aren't, and should have NO say in our elections. Individuals who work for for corporations already can and do participate. But corporations are legal fictions, shells that hide the operators behind the scenes. They don't suffer any real consequences for what they inflict on others and our society at large.

Corporations don't breathe or bleed or lose their children to misguided wars. Nor can they be sent to prison for their reckless misdeeds. Corporations should have no vote and no voice in how our democratic republic.
The Preamble says "We the PEOPLE . . . " Corporations are NOT people, no matter what Mitt Romney says.

August 5, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Easy123 said...

JonRoss,

"a statement coming from Progressives who think nothing of raping the American middle class with their socialist medical system and stealing everything they have worked for their entire lives."

Straw man argument. And a TON of baseless hyperbole.

"Most corporations are small family runned operations in which the owners work six or seven days a week to prosper."

False.

"Barack Hussien Obama has no concept of that, nor do the arrogant Progressive whoars that support him."

Straw man argument.

August 5, 2012 at 5:18 p.m.
Easy123 said...

JonRoss,

"Hmmm....me thinks you know not what a straw person (Harvard version of straw man) is easy."

I do. You should too. You've majored in them.

"I would have referred to her as an Obamaist whoar, but who am I to say."

Good question. The answer is "a bigot". "Moron" would work too.

"Because of the immoral behavior of Progressives."

Define "immoral behavior of Progressives". Then give proof of such behavior.

August 5, 2012 at 5:35 p.m.
Plato said...

Will hundreds of millions of individual Atlases continue to hold up the world if government keeps weighing them down with more taxes, more regulations, more bureaucracy and less incentive to keep working?

Busting the myths:

Taxes are lower now than they have been since the 1950s

More new regulations were added the first 3 years of the Bush administration than the first 3 of the Obama administration. The president is actually working to reduce over-burdensome regulations.

In business, the "incentive to work" comes from the profit motive, not from government. We have the most free and open markets in the world and it's still easier to start a small business here than most anywhere else.

August 5, 2012 at 8:21 p.m.

Strangely enough the government has become a source of profit to many.

Hopefully they at least provide value for it.

August 5, 2012 at 8:26 p.m.
moon4kat said...

Jon-Ross, those small business owners still get their vote as people. The fact that they may also control a corporate shell is no reason to give them extra voting power or influence.

August 5, 2012 at 9:32 p.m.
jazzman said...

re: 'Obama announced to American business owners that "you didn't build that" in promoting his collectivist agenda to the rights of communal benefits, '

unfortunate that republicans don't know that most of the businesses in the fraud laden Romney ads did get help from the government programs as well as state incentive programs.

re: 'Ayn Rand'

the republican bible.... and like current republican 'policy',..a work of fiction

August 8, 2012 at 1:58 a.m.
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