As a non-aligned Libertarian / backsliding Objectivist, I reject both the Democrat’s “give us your money and we’ll let you live any way you want” policies as well as the “you can keep all your money as long as we get to tell you how to live” policies of the Republicans.
And yet, despite everything I’ve said against both sides on this blog, I know that any attempt on my part to defend the principles of Capitalism (or even dare to mention the name of Ayn Rand), my words will always face an uphill battle to get past disturbing (yet oddly amusing) mental images like this:
That image was included in Dan Michell’s Powerful – but Deeply Flawed – Leftist Imagery post, where he gives due credit to the left for coming up with such a clear and visually powerful message. However, he went on to say this as well:
With one small exception, I agree with everything Mr. Mitchell said in his post, at least from a purely philosophical perspective. The exception derives from the fact that, having been a subscriber to his blog for some time, I’m pretty sure that his assertion that President Obama assumes “that rich people in America are rich because they somehow deprived the poor” comes out of what I perceive to be a less-than-Libertarian lean towards the Republicans in the upcoming election.
I have seen no indication whatsoever that President Obama holds any such view, and the fact is that most of the legislation his administration has put forth had been originally proposed by the Republicans themselves. To deny that reality is just as big a distortion of the truth as the image at the top is.
If anything, the fact that the Obama administration’s policies are rooted in proposals first made by the opposition confirms my own assertion that both parties are merely the two faces of the same ugly coin.
BTW, there are two reasons why I find the image at the top “oddly amusing.” The first is because it’s so much better than the usual “climbing to the top over piles of dead bodies” image of Capitalism I think most people have in their head. The second, even funnier reason, is that I can’t help wondering which presidential candidate is better suited to play the “nurse” that hangs those “human IV bags!” What do you think?
Finally, in my never ending hope that we can actually become a kinder, more gentle, more rational nation, I’ll close with the song that inspired the title for this post:
I want ice water.
See more of my Major Rants