We'll Always Have Reagan.
Somebody finally broke it to Ayn Rand's leading Congressional Republican acolyte that the kook on whom he has based his entire public career was, well...
"She was a fucking atheist!?"
The fact of Ayn Rand's public repudiation of the idea of God as a sign of mental illness and/or unalloyed moral depravity -- a central tenet upon which fully one-half of the corpus of Ayn Rand's philosophy rests -- and her open ridicule of people of faith apparently evaded the notice of the Republican's #1 brain wizard right up until the moment it became a political liability to his status as Jesusland's fastest rising star.
At which point...
...in an interview published Thursday in National Review, Ryan made it a point to dismiss as “urban myth” the notion that he draws inspiration and guidance from Ayn Rand, the libertarian philosopher-queen who celebrates the self over all else and who dismisses the very notion of a social contract.The author -- Jay Bookman -- goes on to point out the many, many places where pre-repudiation Paul says things like this.
Ryan was pretty explicit:
“I reject her philosophy. It’s an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas. Don’t give me Ayn Rand.”...
“I give out Atlas Shrugged as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it. Well… I try to make my interns read it.”And this.
“Ayn Rand, more than anybody else, did a fantastic job explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism, and that, to me, is what matters most.
And hey, there'e even video!
But now, alas, he has to put her on that plane and say goodbye to her forever.
For, um...the good of the cause!
Yeah! That's the ticket!
So will Paul Ryan's latest, gigantic lie work?
Ayn Rand: When I said I would never leave you.
Paul Ryan: And you never will. But I've got a job to do, too. Where I'm going, you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of. Ayn, I'm no good at being noble (And I mean that literally. I am congenitally incapable of it: it's like lactose intolerance but with nobility), but it doesn't take much to see we will have to lie our damn asses off and fuck over a lot of little people if we want to amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that
Oh hell yes!
If the history of the last +30 years has hammered home one fact beyond dispute it is this: the anti-science, anti-reason, anti-fact fundamentalist base of the Party of God will choke down whole, planet-sized lies from their wingnut Brain Caste goons and ask for seconds as long as their ludicrous superstitions are pandered too and their bigot dog-whistles are blown loud enough to shatter steel.
Paul Ryan understands this basic fact of Republican political life intimately, which is why he knows that...
When two wingnuts woo
They still say "I Rove You".
On that you can rely.
The fundamental(ist) things apply
As time goes by...