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Letter: Ryan's devotion to Ayn Rand disturbing

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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012 10:49 am | Updated: 11:48 am, Fri Aug 17, 2012.

Mitt Romney picked a VP and his choice revealed a very disturbing truth. They don’t care about the majority of American society. They are only interested in working to advance the agenda of greed and individualism.

If you have any doubt of this, please go to the American Values Network website: http://americanvaluesnetwork.org/aynrandvsjesus/ and watch the short video interview with Ayn Rand.

If her atheistic views of greed, selfishness and individuality as the cornerstones of capitalism don’t deeply disturb you, then I’m so very sorry!

But what’s even more disturbing is that Paul Ryan is a lifelong devotee!

I quote from an article by Jason Cherkis, “I grew up on Ayn Rand,” Ryan told the Atlas Society, a group of Rand devotees, in a 2005 speech. “I grew up reading Ayn Rand, and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are.”

Ryan went on to say that Rand’s works are required reading for his staff. “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” he went on to say. “And the fight we are in here, ... is a fight of individualism versus collectivism.”

How any Christian could watch this immoral video, understand its implications for our American democracy and still pull the voting lever for this Dynamically Destructive Duo is way beyond my ability to comprehend!

Rod Livdahl


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