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“Going Galt”

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 4th May 2009

What is “Going Galt?”

Going Galt!! (Courtesy of the Atlas Society -  http://www.atlassociety.org/)

“Tea parties.” “Going Galt.” You’ve probably seen a growing number of references to these in the media, online, and on signs at rallies reacting to new government spending and controls.

The Boston Tea Party was a rebellion against excessive government. Today’s “tea parties” say “no” to spending without limit and the government takeover of our lives.

“Going Galt!” If you’ve read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, you appreciate the parallels between today’s disintegrating world and the events depicted in that prophetic novel. Atlas Shrugged is the story of how productive people went on strike, withdrawing their services in protest against a society that damned them for being productive and expropriated the fruits of their labor.

The ideas in Atlas Shrugged can be powerful moral weapons to roll back the forces of repression and irrationality. The Atlas Society is your premier source for information on those ideas. We’ve compiled this page to help you understand the whole “Going Galt” phenomenon.

What is “Going Galt?”

* “Going Galt” doesn’t simply mean getting angry. That would be “Going Postal.” It means having righteous indignation at the injustice of a political system that bails out individuals and institutions for irresponsible behavior and at the expense of those like you who prosper through hard work and personal responsibly.

* “Going Galt” means asking in the face of new taxes and government controls, “Why work at all?” “For whom am I working?” “Am I a slave?”

* “Going Galt” means recognizing that you’re being punished not for your vices but for your virtues.

* “Going Galt” means recognizing that you have a moral right to your own life, the pursuit of your own happiness, and thus to the rewards you’ve earned with your labor.

* “Going Galt” means recognizing that you deserve praise and honor for your achievements rather than damnation as “exploiters.”

* “Going Galt” means recognizing that you do not need to justify your life or wealth to your neighbors, “society,” or politicians, or bureaucrats. They’re yours, period!

* “Going Galt” means recognizing that the needs of others do not give them a claim to your time, effort, and achievements.

* “Going Galt” means shrugging off unearned guilt, refusing to support your own destroyers, refusing to give them what Ayn Rand termed “the sanction of the victim.” It means taking the moral high ground by explicitly rejecting as evil the premise of “self-sacrifice” that they sell to you as a virtue— in fact “self-sacrifice” is an invitation to suicide.

So, what can we do?  See the next post.

Posted in Controversial, News You Can Use, Opinion | 2 Comments »

Count on Ted Nugent to say something straight!

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 21st April 2009

This needs no introduction. Ted at his best – here.

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Posted in Opinion | 1 Comment »

Know any “right wing extremists?”

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 14th April 2009

The Department of Homeland Security is warning against “right wing extremists,especially U.S. Military veterans.

dhslogoThey cite the economic and political situation as causing a rise in anti-government sentiment.  Better watch out for those “extremists.”

They might be gun owners or former military people.

Man, it’s getting very nasty in Washington.

Here’s a link to the story.

Posted in Controversial, Opinion | No Comments »

Discover Robert A. Hall’s blog – “The Old Jarhead”

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 30th March 2009

The post that got my attention first is this one from February called, “I’m Tired.”

It’s a commentary on what we’re all dealing with now.

I couldn’t express it any better.

http://www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com/is where to find Robert’s blog.

Rob

Posted in News You Can Use, Opinion | No Comments »

Obama Wants to Disarm U.S. Pilots

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 19th March 2009

“The Obama administration is taking steps to quietly shut down the program that qualifies commercial airline pilots to carry firearms……”

Here’s a link to the story.

This makes me think of the following example of how well Obama is prepared to be commander in chief. Imagine if Obama’s voice came over the speaker on your next airline flight:

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. I’ve had no flight training, but I’ve read the manual twice and I was awarded ‘best voice on the intercomm’ so sit back, relax and enjoy the flight.”

Then, heard in the background on the open mike, “Where’s the teleprompter on this thing?”

Posted in Opinion | 1 Comment »

I’m so p*ssed I can’t see straight!

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 17th March 2009

How do we get rid of  Obama and his administration? Start to work NOW!

Have you seen this news?

Obama wants veterans to pay for service-connected medical treatment through reimbursing the Veterans Administation from their private insurance!

Here’s the story.

He wants to take money from our veterans to pay for his favorite new programs while saving money on the backs of veterans.

Obama is talking about violating a sacred agreement between our country and service members.

Screw that!

I’m so pissed I can’t see straight!

I don’t care that it’s probably a “trial balloon,” checking for public reaction and will never pass the Congress.

He’s a bait and switch artist.

People thought they were voting for this:

What they got is this:

Posted in Comfort & Style, Controversial, News You Can Use, Opinion | 4 Comments »

LA Gun Rights Examiner: Sovereignty in 2009.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 15th March 2009

John Longenecker (no relation to me) has hit the mark with another great post. We, the citizens of the United States are sovereign; not the government. We are operationally supreme. The Founders declared it so. It’s time we remember and take action. We must be involved in the process of lawmaking.

“The gun is the symbol of independence because it is the lethal force which backs it….Gun-haters are announcing out loud that they hate being responsible for themselves, Independent. They don’t want to be on their own. The independence of others around them irks them, and they operate on the mistaken belief that if we disarm the honest (the easy way out, naturally!) things will fit into place and relieve whatever personal angst drives them to handing their rights over to others. Those ‘others’ are only too glad to aid them politically by making gun bans and regulation supported by gun-haters.”

“Some are terribly frightened of being on their own. The patriotic insist on it.”

What do you think? Click this link for more –LA Gun Rights Examiner: Sovereignty in 2009.


Posted in Opinion, Personal Interest | No Comments »

Citizens have rights, governments don’t.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 10th March 2009

John Longenecker (no relationship to me) has been writing intelligently on gun issues for many years.

He brings up a great point in responding to a NY Times article about the Washington, D.C. push to give residents a vote in the House of Representatives.

The NY Times blames the gun lobby for delays and says that the measure “has run afoul of the gun lobby that is determined to deny Washington another fundamental right to regulate firearms.”

John wisely points out that “citizens have rights, governments do not.” We should remember that and remind our representatives.

I recommend John’s article here.

Posted in Good To Know, News You Can Use, Opinion | No Comments »

Remember Milton Friedman?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 8th March 2009

30 years ago Milton Friedman gave a great explanation to Phil Donahue on why Capitalism and free trade create more well-being for people than bureaucratic re-distribution and state-managed economies. You might enjoy Milton Friedman and Phil Donahue – 1979.

Posted in Good To Know, Opinion | No Comments »

What’s a Libertarian?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 5th March 2009

What’s a Libertarian?

There is a Libertarian Party in the United States.  They don’t seem to get elected on any national scale and many people don’t really know what they stand for. The media pretty much ignores them.

Here’s a nice explanation from Sam Wells‘ point of view. I found that I agreed with most of what Libertarians agree with. There’s even a book about Libertarianism, if you’re interested. It’s all about personal freedom and responsibility.

Here are more essays about Libertarianism written by Sam Wells.

Anybody a fan of “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand? It’s a novel that relates very well to current circumstances where it appears that the government is trying to regulate more and more; punishing success.

Atlas Shrugged was first published in 1957. It may be the most influential ever read. I’m reading it again, now. There are 1,667 reviews of it on Amazon.com.

Anyone have something to add?

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