By Tom Quiner
We have a clue on what and whom influenced Barack Obama.
His father was a socialist.
He admired Saul Alinsky, author of “Rules for Radicals.” Other Obama influencers where the communist Frank Marshall Davis, Harvard’s anti-American Roberto Unger, and most notoriously, the America-hating Reverend Jeremiah Wright and terrorist, Bill Ayers.
These are the philosophers and intellects who molded the mind of Barack Obama. Each is distinguished by his hatred for American values.
In 2008, conservatives were simply accused of racism if they tried to make too big of a deal of Barack Obama’s self proclaimed admiration for these men.
Likewise, I am unaware of any interest from the mainstream media (MSM) on who and what influenced Joe Biden, other than, perhaps, former British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock whom Biden plagiarized back in the 1988.
On the other hand, there has been an unrelenting focus on Paul Ryan’s youthful admiration for Ayn Rand.
The Left is agog. The media is agog.
The gripe? Ayn Rand loves capitalism and greed.
Let us pause here.
America’s economic might has been built by the power of free markets, by the opportunity for the most innovative and hard-working Americans to rise.
America was built on a simple premise: equality of opportunity. And Ayn Rand in her monumental novels, especially Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, dramatized the potential of capitalism and the peril of socialism.
In a sense, each of these economic models is built on greed. Capitalism allows the most productive and ingenious people to reap financial success unimaginable in other countries and other times.
Socialism is built on envy for the success of others, to use the power of government to seize the productivity of these successful people and redistribute it to certain groups who did not earn it. The socialist philosophy that molded Mr. Obama believes that the successful, in fact, did not “build the business themselves,” but that everyone else has a stake in it.
The America-haters that influenced Obama believe in equality of outcome. In other words, socialism. In other words, legalized theft.
I’m proud that Paul Ryan has read Ayn Rand. He publicly denounces parts of her philosophy, as do I, for her unrepentant atheism.
Interestingly, the same people who attack Ryan’s embrace of Randian capitalism ignore his embrace of one of the foremost Christian philosophers in history, St. Thomas Aquinas.
Paul Ryan is an intellect who can just as easily discuss and debate theology as economic theory or immutable government budgets.
I’m disturbed by the number of people who show such little concern for the anti-American influences of Barack Obama, and yet are so equally upset by Paul Ryan’s intellectual curiosity for one of capitalism’s greatest philosophers, Ayn Rand.
Obama reveres a terrorist.
Media and the Left: nothing wrong with that. If you say there is, you’re racist.
Ryan enjoys reading Ayn Rand.
Media: Ryan hates the poor. If you say otherwise, you hate the poor.
Interestingly, it is Randian economic model that has lifted more people out of poverty than any other.
St. Thomas Aquinas would be pleased.