Essay: Echoing Ayn Rand – Fence Sitters Will Enable America’s End
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AND SO I BEGIN…
It’d say it was 30-odd years ago that I first heard about Ayn Rand and her works such as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. I didn’t know much about her but over time, especially as the internet developed and in particular with the usenet boards, I learned more. Intriguing. So at a used book store I bought the two books named above… and plopped them on my shelf unread. I’ve always had more books that I want to read than time to read them, even before I had kids; I think my fantasy vacation would be two weeks on a tropical beach, hammock between two palm trees, and hours upon hours to alternate reading and swimming. (Kids aside, of course.)
Anyway, it was at least a decade later when I stumbled on the Francisco Money Speech which was revealed to be from Atlas Shrugged. Small excerpt here (bolding added):
“When you accept money in payment for your effort, you do so only on the conviction that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. It is not the moochers or the looters who give value to money. Not an ocean of tears not all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tomorrow. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor–your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle which is the root of money. Is this what you consider evil?
“Have you ever looked for the root of production? Take a look at an electric generator and dare tell yourself that it was created by the muscular effort of unthinking brutes. Try to grow a seed of wheat without the knowledge left to you by men who had to discover it for the first time. Try to obtain your food by means of nothing but physical motions–and you’ll learn that man’s mind is the root of all the goods produced and of all the wealth that has ever existed on earth.
My interest was piqued, and so I dusted off my copy and read it (very interesting but with one critique: I think this woman was paid by the word – brevity, woman, sheesh! The speech by John Galt alone got numbing towards the end!). I have not delved into her other books as yet, though several are still present on the shelf and awaiting time. Hah!
I also have been influenced by Objectivism, but am not an adherent per se. Probably the most notable concept I’ve taken from Rand’s work is from the second paragraph of the above quote. The human mind is the source of all wealth. Even a “lowly” ditch digger is, in fact, skilled labor: reading the soil, preventing collapse of the sides, working around buried obstacles – this is not mindless brute force but requires skill. Not as much skill as, say, neurosurgery, but skill and knowledge and applied experience nonetheless. Consider this excellent presentation – RTWT, it’s not too long; 60 Second Refutation of Socialism, While Sitting at the Beach:
And that is the heart of socialism's failure. For the true source of wealth is not brute labor, or even what you might call brute capital, but the mind. The mind creates new technologies, new products, new business models, new productivity enhancements, in short, everything that creates wealth. Labor or capital without a mind behind it is useless.
INACTION AND APATHY
To take no action is an action.
-- (Supposedly) an Oriental Proverb
The nation, indeed the world, stands at the very edge of a Socialist abyss. My grim prediction in my very early essay AMERICA STANDS ON THE EDGE OF A KNIFE is showing to be unsettlingly accurate (bolding in original):
Read that thought again: Conservatives’ existence itself is dangerous. Their patron saint Socialist Saul Alinksy said “There can be no conversation between the organizer and his opponents. The latter must be depicted as being evil.”
Dangers, especially those perceived as mortal dangers coming from those who are viewed as irredeemably evil, are to be attacked and eliminated. And understand – this is critical – this view did not spring up overnight, or from a vacuum. The intentional drip-drip-drip poison into these minds has been going on a long time.
In the first Lord of the Rings movie Lady Galadriel states “The quest stands upon the edge of a knife…”. I look at America and I fear in my soul that we are in a similar situation.
And even earlier I observed that the Left’s violence is rising; Prophecy from Star Trek’s “Omega Glory” (links in original):
People on the Right are also grasping that this is no longer a difference between fellow Americans, which we are – thank G-d – free to have thanks to our Founding Fathers and the Constitution. Instead, it’s dawning on us that they want bloody confrontation:
“Because these people want to kill you. They want a civil war. They proudly admit to be preparing for it.”
Across the spectrum from Left to Right, no matter the motivator, people sense “something” is coming; Quick Take: Shortages and Ill Winds.
I watched this presentation by Glenn Beck:
[CIVIL WAR: The Way America Could End in 2020 | Glenn TV / 48:06]
And came away with several conclusions – one of which is a belief that the “color revolutions” like the so-called Arab Spring and others were tests of their theories & formulas – a step-by-step process that they refined overseas and are now unleashing here in the US. Remember, they’ve been battle-prepping for a long time. Not years. Not decades. Over a century.
And yet, never mind those actively on the side of the Leftist enemy, there are myriad people who take no public stance. Multiple people I know are prim and proper and oh-so-neutral, even in the face of Leftist agitprop… LinkedIn in particular is notable for people who sneer “This isn’t facebook” or “Politics don’t belong here” or some such, which prompted me to write this essay:
It’s a scream from my heart asking how people can be neutral in the face of the potential collapse of the country, and if America goes the world goes with it. Peace at any price is just a call to submit and be a slave in disguise. (Underlining added to the quote below.)
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!” — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
How does anyone look at Socialism’s failures through history and want it?
How does anyone look at the 100-plus million civilians murdered by Socialists in the 20th century, including 1/3 of my wife’s ethnic group, and say “Gee, let’s try that again”?
Aren’t more than 100 million dead enough?
SO TOO DID AYN RAND WARN THOSE SITTING IT OUT
I will excerpt; as with Atlas Shrugged, she clearly got paid by the word for this essay. But RTWT; To all Innocent 5th Columnist by Ayn Rand in 1941 (bolding added):
Don't delude yourself with slogans and meaningless historical generalizations. It can happen here. It can happen anywhere. And a country's past history has nothing to do with it. Totalitarianism is not a new product of historical evolution. It is older than history. It is the attempt of the worthless and the criminal to seize control of society. That element is always there, in any country. But a healthy society gives it no chance. It is when the majority in a country becomes weak, indifferent and confused that a criminal minority, beautifully organized like all gangs, seizes the power. And once that power is seized it cannot be taken back for generations. Fantastic as it may seem to think of a dictatorship in the United States, it is much easier to establish such a dictatorship than to overthrow it. With modern technique and modern weapons at its disposal, a ruthless minority can hold millions in slavery indefinitely. What can one thousand unorganized, unarmed men do against one man with a machine gun?
The Totalitarians do not want your active support. They do not need it. They have their small, compact, well-organized minority and it is sufficient to carry out their aims. And they want from you is your indifference. The Communists and the Nazis have stated repeatedly that the indifference of the majority is their best ally. Just sit at home, pursue your private affairs, shrug about world problems — and you are the most effective Fifth Columnist that can be devised. You're doing your part as well as if you took orders consciously from Hitler or from Stalin. And so, you're in it, whether you want to be or not, you're helping the world towards destruction, while moaning and wondering what makes the world such as it is today. You do.
OTHER CLARION CALLS
[Victor Davis Hanson—Israel & the Muscular Spirit of the West—JLC 2019 / 30:37]
This is an interesting lecture by Victor Davis Hanson, and it caught my eye initially because of its discussion of Israel. One line, in particular – transcribed by me – jumped out at me:
… the West would be too secure, and too wealthy, and there would be a sort of ennui that would set in…
(Parenthetically, I believe it to be Israel's view of itself as a distinct nation, with its cultural homogeneity, strong religious beliefs, and confidence in itself as a nation, that makes the Left despise it so: Thought Trails from a Bar Mitzvah)
“As resources become more abundant… peoples’ behavior changes in the presence of [that] abundance…” And a little later: “… it is success that kills a culture, it’s wealth and abundance that kills a culture from within.”
As so many tell me when I talk about the possibility of a tyranny rising in America:
Oh, that can’t happen here!
LENIN’S USEFUL IDIOTS
There is zero doubt that if the Left wins they will fundamentally transform so many things about America, so fast, that there will be no chance anyone “R” will win the White House again; Quick-take post: Commenting on a Patriot Post article. RTWT, but consider as a 100%, dead-cinch certainty they will end the filibuster and then ram through an agenda that would make Lenin proud. They will make Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia states, adding four more “D” Senators – forever erasing any possibility of a majority “R” Senate. They will re-open the illegal immigration and refugee spigot to turn remaining Red states blue; Big Conspiracy: Electing a New Population and open the floodgates to more Islamic conquerors, er, refugees; The Big Conspiracy: Conquest by Hijra to facilitate this. They will stack SCOTUS to rule, forever, in their favor to rubber-stamp their agenda as Constitutional. They will spend and spend and spend, accelerating the financial collapse; I Feel Like Sarah Connor: The Coming Financial Collapse. And they will reinstate the “Fairness Doctrine” whose undoing by President Reagan that enabled Rush Limbaugh, and many others like Hannity, Mark Levin, and many others to effectively present the Conservative perspective.
And of course they’ll work to take our guns away – that’s the last barrier to their having free-and-total rein on us.
Which is why I oppose gun control so vehemently.
I see purported conservatives saying they will vote for Biden because they don’t like Trump.
(Image from a post on LinkedIn)
How does any Conservative look and compare/contrast what Trump has done and will do, versus what Biden plans on, and say “Yeah, let’s try Biden”? And in parallel how does any Jew who has Jerusalem in their heart, looking at what Trump has done for Israel, say “No, I’ll vote for the party that booed Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2012, had anti-Semite/Israel-hater Linda Sarsour as a speaker at the 2020 DNC convention, sent pallets of untraceable cash to Israel’s number one enemy Iran, and specifically vote for the VP of the man that enabled UN2334 to pass and who plans to reopen the PLO mission and restore funding that will enable their pay-to-slay program which will cost Israeli lives"?
Also, how does any black or Hispanic look at the record low unemployment levels under Trump, the open racism of Biden and the Left in general, and say “Yeah, let’s give that another try”? And how does any woman look at the reality-on-the-ground for women in Venezuela having to make ends meet financially by making ends meet literally:
When you live in a society and economy destroyed by socialism, desperation will get the better of people. In Cuba, where socialism has demolished the fabric of society and people spend most of their time wondering where their next meal is coming from, morality and dignity take a backseat to basic survival.
Prostitution is rampant in Cuba and for many women, selling their bodies to foreigners and tourists is the only way they can earn enough money to survive. This is what the Castro revolution has brought to Cuba. This is what socialism has done to this island nation.
and say “Yes, I want this life – Socialism now!”?
Local to me, the giving aid-and-comfort-to-Socialism’s rise Lincoln Project’s Jennifer Horn appears to favor Socialist tyranny over the animated contest of freedom. Some claiming to be “Constitutional conservatives” upset by Trump’s admittedly-abrasive style. Others say they are put off by, well, any number of things. More than a few that I see online in general say they will vote for Biden but then vote “R” in 2022/4 to counterbalance things. And just the other day I saw a bumper sticker for the Libertarian – proving the adage that the perfect is often the enemy of the good.
Never mind the fact that Trump is the first Republican to fight:
So, to my friends on the Left – and the #NeverTrumpers as well -- do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do. These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.
So, say anything you want about this president – I get it, he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights.
I’ve never been a person for – ahem – recreational chemistry, but I’d like to try what these people are smoking because that’s some good sh*t. But taking these “principled smelling-salt sniffers” at their word – and not assuming (which, actually, I do) that they are often Leftists attempting to spoof fence-sitters – I want to scream.
The Left is in a no-holds-barred bar brawl to take over America. What in Hashem’s name makes these people think that, having given the reins to the Left that openly states they view us as the alien Other, they will merely acquiesce to a loss in 2024? Consider this statement and the implied threat within; Trump Haters Gaslighting Trump Supporters (bolding added):
MSNBC's Joy Reid tweeted, "Genuine question: what will be the relationship between the majority of Americans, and Trumpists after this long, national nightmare ends — and it will eventually end — do people anticipate simply letting bygones (be) bygones with people who joined the Trump personality cult?"
The Left wants REVENGE for our heresy. And with all the changes I mentioned above, plus – doubtless – others I and others don’t see broadcast, they will ensure another “R” President, never mind another populist, never arises again. (There’s a quote from a “D” staffer – can’t find a link but if I stumble on it will update – to the effect that after Trump won someone went on a rant and said, paraphrased, We must ensure another Trump never arises.) Here’s more; Keith Olbermann: Trump supporters 'must be prosecuted and convicted and removed from our society' (bolding added):
"So, let us brace ourselves," he continued, saying, "The task is two-fold: the terrorist Trump must be defeated, must be destroyed, must be devoured at the ballot box, and then he, and his enablers, and his supporters, and his collaborators, and the Mike Lees and the William Barrs, and Sean Hannitys, and the Mike Pences, and the Rudy Gullianis and the Kyle Rittenhouses and the Amy Coney Barretts must be prosecuted and convicted and removed from our society while we try to rebuild it and to rebuild the world Trump has destroyed by turning it over to a virus."
They also believed that their immediate responsibility would be to protect against what they called the counter revolution and they felt that this counter revolution could best be guarded against by creating and establishing reeducation centers in the Southwest where would take all the people who needed to be reeducated into the new way of thinking and teach them how things were going to be.
I asked, well, what is going to happen to those people that we can’t reeducate that are diehard capitalists and the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated. And when I pursued this further they estimated that they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers. And when I say eliminate I mean kill – 25 million people.
I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people most of which have graduate degrees from Columbia and other well known educational centers and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people and they were dead serious."
The Left has conducted a four-year temper tantrum, starting before Trump won the nomination; 'Impeach Trump' preceded even Trump's nomination. At every turn they have attempted to harass, hinder, and oust the duly elected President because he dared beat Her Heinous the Crone of Chappaqua in 2016.
IF BIDEN WINS OUTRIGHT
It will be because of these fence-sitters and smelling-salt sniffers (and vote fraud too). All those who stay home because Trump is not cool, suave, sophisticated, but a back-alley scrapper. These people who value the sizzle more than the steak? All the bloodshed that happens after that will be on their head.
A few years ago I wrote a cri de cœur in anguish to the core of my soul about how one JINO’s interview has led to the impression in the so-called Alt-Right – more than the acts or statements of any other Jew of whom I know – that it is Judaism itself, and “Jewish values”, that mandates assisting the Islamic invasion of Europe and America. As I said in the original piece, G-d Damn You Barbara Spectre! (bolding and italics in the original):
May your name be cursed and remembered only as a traitor – a traitor to G-d, a traitor to your country and civilization, and a traitor to your people. May your bleached bones be prominently displayed next to Soros and other civilizational traitors as a lesson to the next ten generations of Jews and Gentiles alike of the fate that befalls betrayers.
The same applies to the domestic enemies giving aid and comfort to the potential birth of a Socialist America, whether passively through apathy, voting libertarian, or actively through being NeverTrumpers.
FOR EVIL TO SUCCEED
“All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.”
― Attributed to Edmund Burke
Some years ago, after the TV movie The Day After, there was a counter-punch TV movie a few years later about an America that had gone Socialist (Amerika miniseries). I remember thinking at the time that such a thing could never be. Yet here we stand, on the cusp of it possibly happening.
In thinking of the above, I am reminded of the Sun Tzu saying:
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” He also says, “Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”
Quote from this article. Does this not seem, exactly, like what the Left is doing? Has done? Is about to succeed at?
[They Say Scandinavia But They Mean Venezuela / 5:25]
Biden's election will end America. Fight, fight, fight!
I do not compromise with cancer. I do not find common ground with gangrene. The Left-Islam Axis must be fought ruthlessly with no quarter asked or expected – or America, Western Civilization, and Israel… indeed the whole world… will be destroyed.
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