Congressman John Campbell is a fan of fiction author Ayn Rand, but he views on limited government and Libertarianism are completely opposite of Jesus Chris. Too often , conservatives wear their faith on their sleeve while coveting values that run completely opposite of Christ’s teachings.
There’s a terrific article on this topic here. From the story:
This is the ultimate irony in American political life right now, the conservatives who swear on a stack of Bibles that they worship Jesus Christ when they really bow down to the philosophy of Ayn Rand and the golden idol of the free market to be placed at the center of all other things. They preach of an American exceptionalism blessed by a Christian God, and call for America to be a shining city on a hill which can be an example to the entire world. Yet their exceptionalism isn’t based on our country being moral the way Jesus would have understood it, but moral the way Rand and the Social Darwinists of the 1880s and ’90s would have understood it: whoever gets rich deserves to be, and whoever is poor is a leech on society. Their vision of America is shining because of the gold the wealthy among us possess, not because our society as a whole is built on morality.
John Winthrop, the Puritan leader whose “city on a hill” quote inspired generations of Americans ever since to see our country as a model for other nations, did not understand America as a place built on greed and individualism, but a place built on community and looking out for each other. His other most famous quote went like this:
”For this end, we must be knit together in this work as one man, we must entertain each other in brotherly affection, we must be willing to abridge our selves of our superfluities for the supply of others’ necessities. We must uphold a familiar commerce together in all meekness, gentleness, patience and liberality. We must delight in each other, make others’ conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor, and suffer together, always having before our eyes our commission and community in the work, our community as members of the same body. So shall we keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace, the Lord will be our God and delight to dwell among us, as His own people and will command a blessing upon us in all our ways, so that we shall see much more of His wisdom, power, goodness, and truth then formerly we have been acquainted with.
If that doesn’t sound much like Rand’s philosophy, it is because it is pretty much the exact opposite of it.
American exceptionalism: the reality-based version
I do share one thing with conservatives: I too believe in an American exceptionalism, that we should be a shining city on a hill. I don’t think we are specially blessed or looked after by God — if there is a God, we would have lost any special blessing privileges because of the genocide of Native Americans and allowing slavery and Jim Crow to last almost 350 years.”
With Ron Paul being the flavor of the year for so many OC conservatives, I have to wonder how their views mesh with those of the Savior’s. Meanwhile, enjoy the YouTube video below. Meanwhile, I breathlessly await the sequel to last year’s hugheBomb, “Atlas Sucked,” er, “Atlas Shrugged.”