...should really be part of an overall philosophy, as Ronald Reagan's was.
But alas, philosophy presupposes a certain amount of lucid intellectualism, which we as a nation are shockingly bereft of at this critical juncture. The products of our "Ivy League" schools are a sorry bunch - see Barack Obama, John Kerry, Barney Frank and the once-Masters of Wall Street - and those who do try to speak thoughtfully on an issue (which usually requires taking a stand) are shouted down by partisan interests.
The other day I quoted Milton Friedman at length - an economic philosopher, true, but one who had a macro-worldview that matched his monetary policies - and now I turn to Ayn Rand, whose philosophical novels where as much about lifestyle and politics as they were capitalism.
Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.
Barack Obama would laugh at you, Ms. Rand, as his philosophical mentors include your antithesis - socialists like Bill Ayers and the like....he knows better, he went to Harvard...
From the smallest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from one attribute of man - the function of his reasoning mind.
And where is the reason in sloganeering phrases such as "hope" and "change"? There is none; does it follow that America has lost its power to reason? And is that why we no longer have the need for philosophers?
Which brings me to this forboding exchange from Atlas Shrugged:
Woman at party: "When a politician or a movie star retires, we read front page stories about it. But when a philosopher retires, people do not even notice it."
Francisco: "They do....eventually."
Prophetic. We are not at "eventually" yet, but we are pretty damn close...
I'll leave you with Ann's final thought, as Barack Obama shrieks about taxing the "wealthiest Americans"
Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.
And what does that say about Mr. Obama's capacities, and those of his devoted followers?