April 2011

Go See Atlas Shrugged!

April 18, 2011

In Theaters, April 15, 2011
In Our Hands, November 6, 2012
– FreedomWorks Video on Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged, Part 1 based on Ayn Rand’s famous novel about freedom and the people who make the world work was released in a limited number of theaters on April 15. Most mainstream media reviews about the movie were negative. No surprise there. One can hardly expect a critic with a leftist outlook to embrace the ideas in this movie.

For a more informative article about the movie read Mark Skousen in Human Events:

The message of the film (and the novel) is clear: If the government intervenes too much in the economy, things can only get worse. As Ludwig von Mises stated, “Middle of the road policy leads to socialism.” In the movie, the action takes place in 2016, when the Dow has fallen below 4,000, gas prices exceed $37 a gallon, and the infrastructure is collapsing. Naturally, government officials and statist economists (Paul Krugman types) blame the troubles on greedy selfish capitalists.

Parallels to America under Obama’s reign are unmistakable. FreedomWorks created a mash-up of the movie and the Obama & Co. speeches that shows the connection between the movie and our predicament today:

I saw the movie last weekend and I found it a worthy effort. Whether the second and third parts of the movie will be made will depend largely on the success of the first part. So go to the movie’s website and find a theater near you to go see Atlas Shrugged!

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“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. ”
– Benjamin Franklin

You may have seen this latest video (via Hot Air) of the shameful behavior of the TSA which should stand for Totalitarian Surveillance Authority.

If this were to happen to my daughter I would probably go to jail.

Why are Americans behaving like sheep led to be slaughtered when facing increasing government interference in our lives? Is there a point at which Americans will simply stop accepting the government’s actions and rise up against such abuses of power? Or are people so stupid that they actually believe that the TSA groping us when we board planes has anything to do with safety or preventing terrorism? It seems like many Americans have become total wimps when it comes to confronting the creeping totalitarianism of the Obama regime. There comes a point when blaming the politicians is not enough. A majority of voters elected Obama. Do people that throw overboard a freedom-focused culture of two centuries and accept government meddling in more and more aspects of their lives still deserve to be free?

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President Obama today announced that he is running for a second term. No surprise there.

On the same day his Attorney General Eric Holder announced that 9/11 terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed would be tired in front of a military tribunal in Guantanamo Prison. A remarkable turnaround from Obama’s campaign promise to close Gitmo in the first year of his administration and his announcement in 2009 that Khalid Sheik Mohammed would be tried in New York City. On this point at least, Obama has had to face the foolishness of his position and reverse himself much to the fury of left wing of his party.

Obama kicks off his reelection campaign not only on the same day as the Gitmo trial announcement, but also in the same week in which House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan unveils the Republicans’ 2012 budget. Ryan proves that he is a leader by proposing reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, reforms that are critical for these programs to survive. Republicans will soon move beyond the do-nothing President and Senate Democrats who call $60 billion in cuts for 2011 extreme. Ryan will propose trillions of cuts in federal spending, cuts proportional to the problem we have that, if enacted, will turn America back to fiscal sanity. The President, of course, as usual is unwilling to lead and wants to avoid discussion of real change in Washington.

Here is the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s spoof on Obama’s 2012 campaign:

At least, unlike the real announcement today this add shows the President.

And here is Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty’s response to Obama’s announcement:

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It is April 1. So here is a story from the BBC about a bank robber who wears an Obama mask. He has just been arrested in Austria. It is not an April fool’s joke, but the robber has chosen a mask that makes it irresistible to draw some comparisons to the real Obama.

Police in Austria have arrested a man suspected of robbing banks while wearing a mask of US President Barack Obama.

The man was arrested after an armed robbery in Fornach, north-east of Salzburg, in Upper Austria.

Police said a bank employee was held at gunpoint before the robber fled the scene in a car.

At least six other armed raids have been carried out by the man Austrian media have dubbed the “Obama robber”.

Reports say the latest robbery happened on Thursday afternoon and the man was arrested about an hour later in a nearby wood.

Police spokesman Markus Mitlohner said officers had found a mask, a weapon and stolen money in the wood. Mr Mitlohner told Austrian media that the suspect is a German citizen.

Apparently, the robber operated before Obama became president, but he switched to his new disguise in 2009:

The masked raids date back to 2008, when the robber wore an old-man mask. Police say he switched to the Obama mask in 2009.

Unlike the real Obama who has stolen $1.5 trillion per year from future generations of Americans, the Austrian Obama robber is harmless.

It was believed the robber had escaped with 10,000 euros (£8,000, $13,000) in Handenberg although his biggest haul was 40,000 euros in July 2009, the Austrian news website krone.at said.

All I can say to the Austrian “Obama robber” is: “Please rob us instead of the man whose mask you wear!”

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