It has taken me a while to finish this post.
Attempting to demonstrate how Republicans misunderestimatize two of the greatest books of the 20th Century is a hard nut to crack.
One has trouble keeping it simple; delving into the minutiae of each point. So I will try to keep it simple.
In a nutshell, I believe that Republicans think Milo Minderbinder is the hero in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, and that M&M Enterprises is a practical business model.
(I’m sure Bain Capital followed Milo’s example under Mittelschmerz “Mitt” Romney’s reign.)
This word echoes down the halls of corporations so incessantly, so deafening and shrill from the CEOs offices that it must numb the brains of the minions who actually do the dirty deeds.
(Because, as we all know, fish and corporations rot from the head down.)
Milo Minderbinder said “what’s good for M&M Enterprises is good for the Country”. But no one shared in the profit.
I believe every CEO in America would sell the nylon ripstop fabric from his squadron’s aircrew parachutes for the slightest increase in his bank account.
Just like Milo.
This insane desire for Personal Profit drove the Big Bank and Brokerage Houses to destroy the world economy.
And guess who didn’t suffer the consequences.
What kind person is so low as to cause misery to millions, so he could drive a Ferrari, or own a bigger yacht than the asshole moored next to his.
We do know, though, don’t we.
They are crushing America under their thumbs as we speak.
Fox network shills them.
The Koch Brothers. Spending millions on the TeaBag Party’s lies and misinformation.
Pushing the Keystone Sludge Line into America.
British Petroleum lying about their new-found Holy Safety Standards, and how they have made everyone hurt by their spill in the Gulf whole again. No one is unhappy, according to their ads.
Exxon-Mobil Fracking-up America’s aquifers.
The Supreme Court of the United States standing up to the little people of America in favor of the rich and powerful.
Just to name a few.
And now to Atlas Shrugged. (Ed note: It has been a long time since reading this novel, but I will forge on with what I took from it at the time. Again, trying to keep as simple as I can.)
I. This book made clear to me that Stalinist Communism could never last.
That it was only a matter of time before it would collapse under its own weight. That people were aware of the insanity of the system, (even if subconsciously), and work to end it.
II. That charity is not forbidden or evil. It is up to you to decide your fate and how you treat others.
III. That sacrifice for others is neither forbidden nor should be mandatory. Again, it is up to you to determine the value of your own individual sacrifice.
IV. The “Producers” in this novel are not striving to screw their workers out of everything they could for profit, just make a decent profit with little or no interference from anyone.
V. The “Takers” in this novel do so because:
a. They crave the power derived from distributing the dole.
b. They’re simply the “sick, lame and lazy“.
The Republican Party thinks that it is Hank Reardon!
While it is really the slimy representative of the worst of the “Looters”.
They do not consider whether anyone is really sick, or really handicapped or out of work because of the economy they created.
They lump everyone as shirking malingering deadbeats, hands outstretched, living “la dolce vita” off the fat of the land.
(Social experiment: if you know a real Republican Conservative or TeaBagger, ask him/her what percentage of the population is gaming the system.
I would usually ask; “around 3% to 5% of them?“.
The howls of “No! It’s every damn one of them!” would hurtle back at me.
In other words, if you are not a Republican or TeaBagger, you are a snivelling Socialist, (read Democrat), or one of “them!” (read lazy, no good welfare-sucking parasite living on good Republican largess.)
And living damn good, too.
What the h-e-double-l … they have TV SETS!
AUTOMOBILES BY GOD!
“We’re too good to these people! They’re living off of ME!
(Ed. note: One day my father was driving a local Dowager through a working class neighborhood. Noting cars, RVs and boats parked in driveways, she sniffed “We pay these people too much money.”
See? It’s hard not to go off on a tangent like this. Back to the subject at hand.)
They read a book.
They think it gives them permission to act like the stingy, cheap uncaring bastards that they are.
They think it legitimizes disregarding the teachings of their Bible concerning their Fellow Man.
(Quoting it as if they understood it. Or read it.)
The Republican party is not Hank Reardon.
The Republican Party is Wesley Mouch.
Betrayal is its’ watchword.
Despicable are its’ deeds.