You are not John Galt!


Ok I am stumping here for a reason so if you need no stumping on your #FF or your TGIF then “Hey you get off of my cloud” because I am going to stump for the next 200 words or so. You’ve been warned.
First off I kind of like Ayn Rand’s fiction, in the same way I like the odd bad movie now and then, and I think that her two “tour de force works”, Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, are very good. I also like Star Wars, The Three Stooges, Old School Memphis Wrestling, the Destroyer book series, the comic Spawn by Todd McFarlane, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper. What does this random list have to do with the title of this blog or Ayn Rand? Absolutely everything.
All the things I randomly listed are works of fiction, albeit one cinematic and the other a childhood guilty pleasure, me being from this particular part of the southeast, yet it is still all fiction. They contain characters created out of someone’s imagination and I love them as creations.
There is a certain segment of the population, I have not done a head count or anything but I am sure it is significant enough to note, that think they are John Galt. If you do not know who John Galt is then follow closely. John Galt is a character in an Ayn Rand book called Atlas Shrugged. He is supposed to feel adrift in a world where he is constantly bombarded with peons or lesser individuals and this absolutely kills him enough that he rejects society and goes on a “strike.” Why should he have to inhabit a world filled with people who are less than he, after all he is great, just ask him.
The top part of this Wiki can fill you in as well
The problem I have with calling yourself John Galt is this: Ayn Rand is no one to be basing a political movement around. No more than I have any business running around yelling “I am Huck Finn!” and basing a political system around the writing of Mark Twain, though that would make the political party at least interesting and definitely humorous, something completely lacking from the works of Ayn Rand.
Do you want people running around proclaiming “I am Moe” and bashing people over the head, rubber necking them, or gouging their eyes? Absolutely not! Why? Because slapstick is funny in the light of it being fictitious, we really don’t want people hitting each other upside the head with huge wrenches, we let the Threee Stooges do it because it is funny without the cost of having actual human injury.
The theories behind Ayn Rand, good writing aside, are dangerous and would cause people to actually get hurt (insert slapstick funny/real people really getting hurt not). Why? Because her brand of “objectivism” or whatever else the Neo Cons are calling it this week is profiteering disguised as “let the smart superior people run things and you ugly peons just do what we say.” We see where that has gotten us. Ayn Rand’s vision is not one of equality but one of privileged for a select elite (cough Hitler) and the rest of the world here to do its work, its living, its dying, and its bidding, kind of like the Bush family.
I am only yanking your chain on that one the Bush family would never pose themselves as an elite class of people, they are folksy.
So all you folks posting online, or carrying a sign at a rally, or yelling out loud “I am John Galt” I ask you to please stop. You have the right to do it and I would fight and die for your right to do it but please stop. I am making this request as one American to another. It is time we stop screaming and start listening to one another. Stop being manipulated by all the sides and realize that in the end there is only one side and that is the American side, at least for now (once we all get it it will be humanity’s side). With our access to technology we can build a wonderful world and truly change things but basing it on an atheist hag who kind of comes off cold to touch is no way to start anything. (my apologies to my atheist friends I just find it ironic that the Neo Con’s cling to her and religion at the same time. Go check her out she hated Christianity.)
Let’s start fresh and do it together. I don’t want to leave you out and I think we can all cross the finish line together and no one has to lose or win. We all just make it!
Or else
I am going to start yelling
“I am Luke Skywalker” which also
makes no sense!

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