BELMONT, MA—Though Mitt Romney is considered to be a frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, the national spotlight has forced him to repeatedly confront a major skeleton in his political closet: that as governor of Massachusetts he once tried to help poor, uninsured sick people.
I made this point, non-satirically, a little while back. Anybody who calls themself a Republican and a Christian, should also add “hypocrite” to that list.
The reason one should do so is captured in this post, which is about the two completely incompatible ideologies that inform the Republican voter base. One based on the teachings of Christ, the other on the teachings of Rand.
As we have seen recently, with the Republican “Path to (Greater) Prosperity (for the top 1%, Feudalism for the Rest)“, the Rand side won, *huge*.
Note: This Randian fascination is real, and you don’t have to take my word for it. Today Gary Johnson, former (R-Gov NM), made it explicit in his bid for the nomination.
Gary Johnson, the Republican former governor of New Mexico, skipped formation of an exploratory committee and went right for the big show. “I am running for president,” he blasted on Twitter Thursday as he made the same announcement in person from the New Hampshire statehouse.
He also offers reassurance that he’s not a rigid libertarian. In the Weekly Standard interview, he said his fiancee asked him what she should read to better understand his philosophy, and he recommended “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand.
“I think I view the system the same way that Ayn Rand views the system –that it really oppresses those that create, if you will, and tries to take away from those that produce and give to the non-producers,” Johnson said.
I remember Jesus’ Parable of the Leeches. I think it went something like…
John 12: 8 – For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.
John 12:9 – Therefore you must crucify the poor, as you will me, and then they’ll be gone and glorious capitalism can finally take hold.