This can’t be good. A protester with a giant Bible went after Representative Paul Ryan. The blonde, 20-something man demanded to know of Ryan “Why did you choose to model your budget on the extreme ideology of Ayn Rand rather than the faith of economic justice in the Bible?” The young man said that he wanted to present Ryan with a Bible to teach him how to help those most in need.
According to Talking Points Memo:
Ryan talked to reporters briefly and signed autographs for fans, largely ignoring the protester.
The Congressman never mentioned Rand in his speech, who he has cited as a hero in the past, but did discuss his faith and its connection to American government.
“Our rights our not given to us from government, our rights are given to us naturally, given by God,” he said, adding that “applying these principles” is what keeps America from entering decline each generation.
There are many people who have started to notice that the Republican Party is trying to serve two masters here- Ayn Rand and the Bible. The problem is that Rand was a devout and vocal atheist as well as a sociopath. She cared only for what she could get, believed in totalitarianism, and that the rich deserved to get rich because anything that helped the poor was punishing the rich for their success.
Thirty years ago, President Ronald Reagan brought together a diverse coalition of people including Libertarians, Social Conservatives, Fiscal Conservatives, and War Hawks. That coalition is slowly crumbling because of the shifts in various positions within the different groups. Unfortunately, it is also creating problems as the Republicans are willing to drive the nation off a cliff in order to uphold the power that they have over their constituents. This means putting the national debt ceiling on the block to negotiate, cutting social services, increasing the military budget even though it is not needed, and pursuing a social agenda in defiance of the American people and the businesses that need them.