To preface this: I really despise Ayn Rand. My first roommate in college, Oy. I swear she only read Ayn Rand and listened to Jethro Tull and Yes. She gave me Atlas Shrugged to read. I shrugged back. Wheee, teen-age level selfishness, how “impressive”. My husband had a copy of The Fountainhead, so I tried reading that too. What a wannabee martyr who is sure that they and they alone have the only right way. No wonder these books appeal to teens and neocons. No wonder they appeal to religious conservatives too, of course ignoring the fact that Ms. Rand was an atheist. 😀
That’s why I liked Obama’s answer to what he thought Paul Ryan’s fascination with Ayn Rand would mean. Always nice to have someone confirm one’s opinions, eh? 🙂
I always forget that Rolling Stone can have some excellent interviews. The rest of the interview is pretty good too. It shows that Obama has done many good things and more can be done. Those of you who whine that enough wasn’t done, that you didn’t get completely your way? The delusional demand for instant gratification and whining about it will make you disappointed for the rest of your life. It’s time to get over screaming for your binkie.
Thank you, Rolling Stone for making this available for free.
“Have you ever read Ayn Rand?
What do you think Paul Ryan’s obsession with her work would mean if he were vice president?
Well, you’d have to ask Paul Ryan what that means to him. Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we’d pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we’re only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we’re considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity – that that’s a pretty narrow vision. It’s not one that, I think, describes what’s best in America. Unfortunately, it does seem as if sometimes that vision of a “you’re on your own” society has consumed a big chunk of the Republican Party.
Of course, that’s not the Republican tradition. I made this point in the first debate. You look at Abraham Lincoln: He very much believed in self-sufficiency and self-reliance. He embodied it – that you work hard and you make it, that your efforts should take you as far as your dreams can take you. But he also understood that there’s some things we do better together. That we make investments in our infrastructure and railroads and canals and land-grant colleges and the National Academy of Sciences, because that provides us all with an opportunity to fulfill our potential, and we’ll all be better off as a consequence. He also had a sense of deep, profound empathy, a sense of the intrinsic worth of every individual, which led him to his opposition to slavery and ultimately to signing the Emancipation Proclamation. That view of life – as one in which we’re all connected, as opposed to all isolated and looking out only for ourselves – that’s a view that has made America great and allowed us to stitch together a sense of national identity out of all these different immigrant groups who have come here in waves throughout our history.”
Another good quote?
“You know, kids have good instincts,” Obama offered. “They look at the other guy and say, ‘Well, that’s a bullshitter, I can tell.'”