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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Don't Call Me Selfish, You Prig

Until now, Senator Obama had allowed his gaffe-tastic running mate a free hand to characterise his economic programmes -- you might recall Joe Biden claiming it was time to be "patriotic" and pay higher taxes.

(Someone get into their Time Machine, and tell that to the Boston Tea Party)

Turns out Smirky isn't the only one wishing to demean people for their suspicion of higher taxation to "spread the wealth". Senator Obama's own words, on Friday:



"John McCain and Sarah Palin they call this socialistic," Obama continued. "You know I dont know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness."

Hear that, Libertarians? A direct slap to the face of all you Ayn Rand acolytes (although I notice he wasn't too keen on sending back "John Galt"'s donation to his campaign).

When looking back on this campaign, I think people will remember this event as another time Obama had his John Murtha "racist", "rednecks" moment, i.e., you can't insult that which supports you, and expect to govern your insultees.

Not in America, you don't. May I suggest another trip to the Brandenburg Gate. No bitter people clinging to guns and bibles there.

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4 Comments:

  • From a man with relatives living in squalor all over the globe.

    By Blogger knox, at Sat Nov 01, 09:22:00 am GMT-4  

  • Only a socialist would raise taxes during an economic downturn. Keynesian economics would require a tax cut during such a period.

    By Anonymous alcibiades, at Sat Nov 01, 03:12:00 pm GMT-4  

  • The kind of selfishness that Ayn Rand advocated (and which Obama apparently opposes) is a completely noble and moral American virtue. This country was founded on the principle that men and women had the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" free from government interference and tyranny.

    Many immigrants (such as my parents) came to this country precisely to be able to work hard, prosper, and give their children a chance for a better life. They came to this country with little more than the clothes on their back, but did well over the years, sent two children to college and medical school, and are now enjoying a well-earned and comfortable retirement. Their lives have been a real-life embodiment of the American dream.

    If we want America to remain a beacon of hope to millions around the world, we should re-affirm our commitment to free markets and capitalism, and reject calls for more socialism and "redistribution of wealth".

    This country is great precisely because it allows people like my parents to attain selfish goals such as their lives and happiness. Americans should be proud of that fact, not condemn it.

    By Blogger Paul Hsieh, at Sat Nov 01, 07:11:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Rand's uses a concept of rational selfishness that respects the rights of others (as opposed to the notion of some "selfish" thief).

    Still, it is not just Obama who criticizes such selfishness; virtually every religion does the same. Even McCain says "Country First".

    The way I see it, everyone in the mainstream, whether GOP or Democrat, think that people must live for others. The differences between the main parties tend to be about: in what areas must people give of themselves, and to what degree.

    The country needs to put aside the creed of altruism if it is to succeed.

    By Blogger ObjectivistGuy, at Sat Nov 01, 11:16:00 pm GMT-4  

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