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An Octogenerian's Blog | AYN RAND TELLS IT LIKE IT IS, LIKE NO ONE ELSE (Issue 679)

If you are one of my readers from my earlier blog articles, then you know Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand had a profound impact on my journey to understand freedom, which began back in the fifties.

Here’s a quote from Atlas Shrugged: “Do you think that we want those laws to be observed? We want them broken. There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power the government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking the law.”

Ayn Rand understood the difference between individualism and political government, and the struggle one goes through, who understands Freedom.

I was living in Japan in the fifties and experienced a number of situations, like winding up in a Japanese jail, so totally unexpected, when I left the shores of Seattle to join my husband, an Air Force command pilot, stationed on an Airbase in the Prefecture of Gifu, Japan. Plus several other unpleasant happenings which I describe in one of my earlier articles, still posted on the internet.

My misunderstanding about the role of political government which I was taught in high school civics, was so different from my experiences living in a foreign country, relating to the response of my government, and the fact we had won a war with this country in 1945.

Recalling the famous speech by President Roosevelt that I listened to while sitting in my high school auditorium, rang so hollow, when I sat in a Japanese jail, and listened to an Airman third class, the Provost Marshal’s office sent to represent, say: “You are under the jurisdiction of the Japanese government and must abide by what they say.”

Upon my release, I couldn’t wait to read the Status Forces Agreement, signed by MacArthur, and from that began my search to understand the meaning of Freedom, political governments in general and mine in particular. Shortly thereafter, “Atlas Shrugged” appeared on the news stand and reading that book changed my life. A great novel about individualism versus political government.

I eventually read all of Ayn Rand’s books plus her Objectivist newsletters. I suggest to anyone who has a desire to understand what is going on, and what has already happened in this once Great Nation, today, a good place to start is reading the works of Ayn Rand. Her writings provide a profound insight into the struggle for individual Freedom, versus the onslaught of political governments, and their greed for power, money and control, we experience today.

For me, her writings laid the foundational groundwork for the years that followed my pursuit to understand the real meaning of Freedom. Upon my return to the States in the early sixties, I set out to find teachers, who could enlighten me further in my pursuit to understand. A journey which lasted several years until, I finally “got it.”

As a result, it’s my sincere belief that the root cause of the predicament we face today, i.e., the bondage of Socialism, is because of an absence of the understanding of Freedom, and an unwillingness to accept the self-responsibility and self-control required to be Free. Hence the nanny state, of governmental doles and controls, is more attractive than Freedom, and the majority in this country have embraced the tenets of the system of Socialism, in preference to Freedom.

However the desirability of Socialism, embraced by the majority, has resulted in a Nation of angry, confused, and disenchanted Citizenry, with thousands rioting and sleeping in the streets, just wandering around in a stupor. Not subsiding, but spreading, from large cities to small communities. Out-picturing life in a police state stupor. Wandering aimlessly, as if expecting the Socialist system that brought these conditions on, to rescue them from their ignorance of reality.

How is it all going to end? Can we build enough jails to house the protestors? Can we hire enough policemen to harness the protestors? Certainly, we can’t expect to elect enough politicians to offices of power to solve the problem, because the ones already in office, are wandering around in their plush offices, in a kind of stupor of their own. Just walking the halls of Congress and giving interviews, providing fodder for the Liberal Press. No solution to the problem, because they have none, and want none.

If we are honest with ourselves, and take an objective look at what’s taking place, in reality, the protestors and politicians have a lot in common. Both wandering around aimlessly, as conditions in this country go from bad to worse. The big difference is the politicians, are all dressed up in expensive suits, drawing high salaries, wandering around in the halls of of office buildings, while the protestors wallow in the streets, expecting the same thing as politicians, i.e., someone else to provide for them.

One political candidate, Newt Gingrich, a dyed-in-the-wool establishment politician, gave advice to the protestors by saying, “Take a bath and get a job.” To that, I paraphrase to the politicians in Washington, “Take a hike, go home, get a job and stop bathing in the lap of luxury, from the money taken from the producers of this country.”

The bottom line is the protestors and the politicians have a lot in common. Both non-producers, yelping for more and more from those who are working with a job producing. More, more, more they demand from the backs of those working and producing in this country.

As I understand it, the plans are for the protestors to move en masse on to the streets of Washington DC this coming weekend. Activities that costs taxpayers more for policeman, clean-up and all the costs related to those hopping from city to city to riot and protest.

As I see it, a liberal left-wing planned ploy, a con-game to keep one’s eye on one activity to blur the con game of politics, while other games of politics, take place behind closed doors. From televised interviews with protestors, nothing intelligent comes out of their mouths. Just stupid stuff. Which suggests to me the “Occupy” movement is more about “Keep your eye on this ball, while we do something else” mentality than any meaningful objections, relating to the problems of crisis this nation is in. And it’s all being manipulated by a more sinister force than appears on the surface.

Another great quote from Ayn Rand: “When you see trading is done, not by consent but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.”

LET FREEDOM RING

JUST ME AC

Email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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