Hold On To Your Butts…Here I Go Again…

A few months ago, Josh read “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand.  He absolutely loved it and insisted that I read it.  Since my ongoing challenge in this world is to be able to carry on intelligent conversation with my ever-progressing, knowledge-absorbing, ingenious husband, I decided I’d read this 1100+ page novel.

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I finished the book a couple weeks ago and…..

I LOVED IT!!!!

It has changed my life!  It hasn’t changed the way I think but it verbalized my thoughts, beliefs and fears about the society that we live in.  This book was written in the 40’s and I am telling you, Ayn Rand is a prophetess!  I was shocked by the things I was hearing on the news and the things politicians were saying in real life while I was reading because it was exactly what was happening in the book!  It has been a couple of weeks since I finished the book and every day something will happen that makes Josh and I turn to each other and say “Just like in ‘Atlas Shrugged’!”  I know I’m not making this novel sound very interesting, but it really was so well-written.  I feel completely attached to all of the characters.  I miss Dagny (if the heroine had been named anything besides ‘Dagny’ I would have named a daughter after her) and Francisco.  And now I almost get as excited as Ashton and Emmy when a train passes by our neighborhood.

The basic premise of the book is that there are three types of people; Looters, Moochers and Producers.  The way it works is the producers create everything (evil capitalists like Sam Walton, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford).  The Looters (the government) then take what the producers have created by force (Taxes, Tariffs, Subsidies) and give it to the moochers to keep themselves in power. Pretty simple right? In the book the looters keep passing laws they think will solve all of the problems that their laws created.  The looters and the media are in colusion, lying to the public to keep themselves in power.

On January 20, 1981, in his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan told the nation: “Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.”

I wasn’t going to write a long, passionate ‘Atlas Shrugged’ post but today I saw something on the news that made me so mad and frustrated and, of course, made me think of the book.  Everyone is so mad at the lady who had eight babies, blah blah blah.  Anyway, some people are calling on the government now to regulate in vitro fertilization.  ‘Atlas Shrugged’ portrays fascism, socialism, and communism – any form of state intervention in society – as systemically and fatally flawed.  Not everyone is as irresponsible as the Octomom (I really don’t know her name).  There is no reason to involve the government.

It’s so frustrating to hear about all the bail-outs and junk.  The government never should have dictated to the banks who they could lend money to.  Now we’re in this huge mess and to fix what the government messed up, they pass more bills and get more involved.  ATLAS SHRUGGED!!!!!!!  It’s so scary.  ANYHOOOO!

This quote by Thomas Jefferson keeps running through my head “A GOVERNMENT THAT HAS THE POWER TO GIVE YOU EVERYTHING, HAS THE POWER TO TAKE EVERYTHING AWAY! “