Though I’ve really only just begun to read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, I believe I am getting the gist of it (please nobody email and ruin the story for me :-0 ).
Having not yet finished the novel (only now preparing to finish up part one), I allow that I could be completely off here (so far as my thought relates to the novel) but it seems to me that businesses in America are rapidly, all, becoming Taggart Transcontinental, every executive a Hank Reardon.
Assailed and slandered by government, despised by the public in response to those assailments and slanders.
Detested and disfavored, considered to always be corrupt and to be of no social value.
It seems we no longer desire their products as much as we do their ignominy.
I listen to people in everyday life, as I stand in line at the grocery store (often the Wal-mart grocery store which just so happens to be evil), or as I pump gas (evil oil companies) and am flabbergasted by the anger I hear in peoples voices.
I listen to callers on talk radio, read the blogs and comments and the anger is clear.
But what I hear most in those voices and see most in those written words is jealousy.
Their conversation betrays that they believe these businesses and executives are taking from them rather than providing something to them. That these businesses and executives owe them something.
Of course none of these people dare reveal that they are in fact jealous, rather they pretend that their anger is a righteous one; one that is patriotic. They don’t want more taxes and restrictions placed upon these companies for their own gain but for the good of the nation.
It’s a sickening damn lie and the context of their words betray them. Not that I do not understand their are some true believers among them. We call them socialist to be kind and communists to be truthful.
I believe president Obama and the administration he has assembled are true believers and are demonstrating that everyday and not simply in their attack on capitalism.
I hear people who believe they have a right to covet what these businesses have earned. They want these businesses and the executives who run them to pay more taxes so that they themselves might pay less or so that those businesses and executives can add more to the public coffers.
We are heading in a very bad direction America and we had better let the current administration know that we have no intention of going there short of being dragged kicking, screaming and biting.
If our kicking, screaming and biting get us safely out of this administration, then we had also better be damned sure that the next administration knows that we bite when provoked.
P.S.- don’t read into the kicking, screaming and biting. I get enough emails from moonbats who think I’m a recruiter for a militia or some such similar idiocy.