by the Left Coast Rebel
MSNBC is a great outlet to catch the
occasional common ah-ha absurd leftist Freudian slip or honest admission. The latest faux pas was committed by some leftist fool author and Pulitzer Prize-winning "journalist" named David Cay Johnston. David Cay Johnston thinks that Representative Paul Ryan's (R-WI) affection for late individualist and human liberty defender Ayn Rand likens him to a domestic terrorist -- or in the least, someone that relates to a domestic terrorist.
David Cay Johnston's deductive logic goes like this:
- Paul Ryan is a big fan of Ayn Rand and instructs those around him to read her work.
- Ayn Rand wrote The Fountainhead.
- In The Fountainhead, the fictional hero architect (who embodies many of Rand's ideal man attributes) Howard Roark, sabotages a building because it wasn't built to his specifications.
- Paul Ryan wants to blow up buildings and kill people because he is a fan of Rand and has a plan to right America's big-government Leviathan (that I don't think is nearly radical enough, but it's a start).
Watch this tool for yourself:
Updated: I wonder what my friends Les Carpenter and Shane Atwell -- both Objectivists, ie. followers of Ayn Rand -- have to say about this?
Updated x2: Here's Howard Roark's courtroom speech in defense of dynamiting the Cortlandt building. Gary Cooper plays Roark in the 1949 film based on The Fountainhead:
R.D. Walker at The Real Revo summarizes the scene above:
Just to summarize the scene in the Fountainhead… Howard Roark dynamited an empty, unfinished building (Cortlandt) of which he was the architect. No one was killed, no one was hurt. It was empty. Here Roark explains why he did it:Well said.
“I did not receive the payment I asked. But the owners of Cortlandt got what they needed from me. They wanted a scheme devised to build a structure as cheaply as possible. They found no one else who could do it to their satisfaction. I could and did. They took the benefit of my work and made me contribute it as a gift. But I am not an altruist. I do not contribute gifts of this nature.”
In other words, he made a deal and did the work for free in exchange for the promise that it be done his way to his satisfaction. That was his payment and when they changed that, they screwed him out of what was his. They appropriated his mind and is ability for a “common good” to which he did not consent. He then took back what he had given them because he didn’t get payment that was agreed upon: doing it his way. He took away something to which they had no right in the first place.
In the novel, Roark was acquitted of all charges against him by a jury in a court of law. That is pure Ayn Rand Objectivsm and it has NOTHING to do with terrorism.
David Cay Johnston, whoever the f&%k he is, is a complete idiot.