Hypocrisy is running rampant in the GOP when Ayn Rand becomes their idle while they’re still trying to proclaim the Christian mantle. Ayn Rand’s vision for the world was about individualism and satisfying oneself over the needs of the many. Her philosophy was what you might say was the exact opposite of Jesus Christ’s philosophy which was about selflessness and compassion for the poor.
To me, the GOP and Ayn Rand belong together – their policies for the last several decades has been anything but Christian when it comes to their views about the poor and the social programs that provide a safety net for those in need. It’s as if suddenly they woke up to the fact of this is who they are; selfish and self-centered and caught up in this dance with the devil.
Case in point is Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and his budget, Path to Prosperity. Ryan has made it no secret that he looks to Ayn Rand and her philosophy for inspiration – that is until recently. Four years ago he made this statement:
“The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” Since then, Rep. Ryan has done an about-face, clearly because of pressure from religious leaders. Recently, the faculty at Georgetown University, the nation’s oldest Catholic university, wrote a letter to the U.S. senator who is Catholic, about his misrepresentation that his budget plan, which cuts social programs for the needy while lowering taxes even more for the wealthy, is based on Christian teachings. Jesuit Father Thomas J. Reese one of the authors of the letter said this concerning Ryan and his budget:
“Our problem with Representative Ryan is that he claims his budget is based on Catholic social teaching. “This is nonsense. As scholars, we want to join the Catholic bishops in pointing out that his budget has a devastating impact on programs for the poor.” said Reese who is a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.
The Christian Right has long supported the Republican Party, mainly because Republicans stood against abortion and gay rights, two leading causes of evangelicals. But now Christians are getting to realize that their compromise with the GOP when it comes to their stand on lowering taxes for the wealthy while cutting social programs for the needy is just too much of a compromise with their own principles. This may be a slow turning point where either Republicans begin to moderate their stance away from the rigid uncompromising stand of the Tea Party crowd or face the loss of even a bigger segment of their party which is the evangelicals.
The more that Ayn Rand becomes the standard-bearer of the Republican Party, the further they will drive the party away from Christian principles and thereby, evangelicals. There is no way to join the two beneath the same tent.
In doing a little research for this article, I found just tons of material coming from so many directions. There seems to be a great deal of passion concerning this. We’ve reached a tipping point in this nation that forces each of us in our consciousness to decide what we stand for and what we’re against.
We left balance back in 2008 when Obama won the presidency and instead took on a newfound stubbornness of spirit that Republicans inherited from the Tea Party. By allowing this extreme element of the GOP to take such a prominent and controlling role in the philosophy and thereby the legislation or lack of legislation of Republican politics, resulting from their appeasement to these elements which by and large they’ve put themselves into this Jekyll and Hyde mode that demands that they take one side or the other.
What’s needed with the Republican Party is a renewal of purpose; a solid position of principles that shows balance and compromise that’s not just for the good of the party but for the good of the country. The philosophy of Ayn Rand should have never been melded with the Republican Party but now that it is, they’ll find that it’s much more difficult to disassociate itself with the likes of her, along with the dis-ingenuousness of the Tea Party.
Hopefully Republicans will have the wakeup call they’ve needed and we can finally return to a sense of normalcy with our political discourse. If not; then maybe soon we’ll be seeing the rise of another much more compromising party to take their place.