Note: Due to Paul Ryan once again taking his place in the spotlight, I feel it is incredibly important for real Christian’s to understand what this man believes. This post is written during the 2012 Presidential election, and I am reblogging it today before / in case the MSM makes him the new leader of the Republicans in the House…
(Originally posted 2012)
Paul Ryan, the Vice Presidential running mate of Mitt Romney is (or was, depending on what his current version of himself is) a devotee of a person named AYN RAND, according to Wikipedia (fully referenced):
“…At a 2005 Washington, D.C. gathering celebrating the 100th anniversary of Ayn Rand‘s birth, Ryan credited Rand as inspiring him to get involved in public service. In a speech that same year at the Atlas Society, he said he grew up reading Rand, and that her books taught him about his value system and beliefs. Ryan required staffers and interns in his congressional office to read Rand and gave copies of her novel Atlas Shrugged as gifts to his staff for Christmas. In his Atlas Society speech, he also described Social Security as a “socialist-based system” …”
In 2009, Ryan said “What’s unique about what’s happening today in government, in the world, in America, is that it’s as if we’re living in an Ayn Rand novel right now. I think Ayn Rand did the best job of anybody to build a moral case of capitalism, and that morality of capitalism is under assault.”
In August 2012 after Romney chose him as his running mate, the Associated Press published a story saying that while the Tea Party movement had wanted a nominee other than Romney, it had gotten “one of its ideological heroes” in the Vice Presidential slot. According to the article, Ryan supports the Tea Party’s belief in “individual rights, distrust of big government and an allegorical embrace of the Founding Fathers.”
Fairly recently, Paul Ryan has backed away from his earlier statements and said he rejects Ayn Rand and that any idea he supported her view’s is an “urban legend”; however, in the month’s leading to Obama’s inauguration, Paul Ryan released the following video, where he specifically talks in a glowing manner of Ayn Rand:
So, who is Ayn Rand and why does the Tea Party, a supposedly Christian-based movement, and Paul Ryan seem to follow her principles?
I would like to start by stating the following: When taking a position on anything, as a Christian, you have to differentiate what your “natural” belief’s are versus your “spiritual” beliefs. What I mean is this: On things that have nothing to do with God’s will, such as taxes, what the government says about regulations, etc, you should be able to follow your conscience (although, according to the Bible, we are to “Give unto Caesar what is due Caesar”).
However, when following your thoughts as, say a U.S. Citizen, conflicts with God’s word, i.e., “Give Unto God that which is due God”, you cannot think as a “natural” person. Your instruction from God is to think of what God says, not any morally relativistic thought. A good example of this is the question of torture. As an American citizen, under the impression given by our government that we are all about to be killed, I might think that torturing a suspect to get information is alright (and many Christians said so). However, that goes directly against God’s teaching that we love one another, and in no sense should a Christian EVER consider torture okay. (As a personal note, I recently had a conversation with a “good” man, who is Catholic, religious, and he also stated that torture was okay in certain circumstances.). Always be aware that the Devil is the father of lies, and is always looking for way to fool you about himself and his followers…
So, when we are contemplating ANYTHING, as a Christian, the first question and the question that should be in the front of your eyes is “Does this conflict with the teaching of Jesus Christ?” And when we find it does not, our moral fiber has to be such that we call a spade a spade.
[Wikipedia] – “Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism…Rand advocated reason as the only means of acquiring knowledge and rejected all forms of faith and religion…Atlas Shrugged, (the novel Paul Ryan talks about in the video clip above) published in 1957, was Rand’s magnum opus..Rand described the theme of the novel as “…the demonstration of a new moral philosophy: the morality of rational self-interest.…Rand called her philosophy “Objectivism”, describing its essence as “the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute….Rand supported philosophical realism, and opposed anything she regarded as mysticism or supernaturalism, including all forms of religion. …She said the individual should “exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself”. …The political figures (including the Reagan Administration) who cite Rand as an influence are most often members of the United States Republican Party despite Rand being a pro-choice atheist.”
In a word, Ayn Rand believed that man can only live in the moment, believe only what he can “see, touch, feel”, and that man’s noblest calling was narcissism (self-interest). She was a vehement Atheist and supporter of abortion, thus felt that certain classes of people were not worthy of love or affection. I also find it laughable, that back in 1957 she coined the term of man as a “Hero”, when the Bible clearly states we are all terribly flawed creatures, not worthy of salvation, but that God saves us by Grace when we call upon our interceder, his Son.
In this Ayn Rand video interview, conducted by Mike Wallace in 1957, note the following (clip timings shown):
(Part 1) – [3:08] -“My morality is based on man’s life as a standard of value…he has to hold reason as an absolute…as his ONLY guide to action…and he must live by the independent judgement of his own mind…that his highest moral achievement must be his OWN happiness…”
—My comment: This is as if Satan was being interviewed and was asked “What would you want man’s view of morality to be?”. Satan (the ultimate narcissist) would answer, “To each his own”, “Do as thou wilt”, and “trust nothing but yourself”. Ayn Rand was an atheist, but in reality she was obviously more than that…
[4:10] – “Question: Are you out to destroy almost every edifice in the contemporary American way of life, our Judeo-Christian religion, …and do you scorn churches and the concept of God?” — [Ayn Rand answers] – “Yes..I am challenging the moral precept that man must live for others”
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” — John 15:13
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.” — Matthew 6:24
[6:35] – “I hold that man should have self-esteem…it is immoral to place love (of another) above (loving) one’s self“.
My Comment: No truer words were spoken of this generation we are presently in. The feminine mysticism of “loving yourself” speaks from Ayn Rand, but ultimately from Satan, who tells all that they must be selfish creatures, and only love themselves. This is where we get:
[8:35 ] – “You love only those who deserve it…a man who is weak or has flaws does not deserve love…(because of the fallibility of human beings) there are very few in the world who are worthy of love…“
My comment: “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” — Matthew 5:46-48
[Part 2] – “…I reject the idea that people have the right to vote on everything…I am opposed to all forms of control…I am for the separation of state and economics…”
My Comment: “Although this is a “Give unto Caesar” moment, I cannot help but comment how in the WORLD do Tea Party activists and Republicans reconcile their belief in Ayn Rand, when the very thing she is talking against is what Mitt Romney is running in favor…the idea that a BUSINESS MAN should be PRESIDENT because HE KNOWS HOW TO RUN THE ECONOMY…Talk about talking out the other end…”
And just so we don’t begin to think that’s only how she felt when she was young, we have this interview from the 1980’s:
[3:58] – “…You need to place your emotions above the evidence of what your mind knows…the universe has ALWAYS been here…we cannot discuss about anything that was here before anything existed…”
My comment: “Read the Book of Job, Chapter 38, of which I will quote the first 7 verses”:
“Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”
[7:45] – “…Death is insignificant and unimportant, eternity is important, and eternity is now…I will not die, it’s the world that will end…”
My comment: “And fear not them who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” — Matthew 10:28
So, in the end, we as Christians, not as carnal men, must decide who we will stand by. Paul Ryan is a faithful believer in an Atheistic view of the world. Mitt Romney, who is NOT a Christian is a wolf in sheep’s clothing…If, as a Republican, you distrust Obama, let me say you should consider the Devil you know and the one you don’t…and remember that Paul Ryan “…said he grew up reading Rand, and that her books taught him about his value system and beliefs…”
“…as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”