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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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Florida Pundit is getting tired of the relentless attempts to link the violent actions of a schizophrenic to Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, talk radio, the Tea Party movement and Fox News. The ghouls on the left are desperately grasping at anything that will distract the American public from the destructiveness of their policies.

So we won’t let them do this and present a — warning: violent political hate speech ahead! — targeted attack on Obama’s economic policies by Thomas Sowell (via The Right Scoop):

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The shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was a senseless act of violence that, according to current reports, killed six people and injured another twelve. Based on what we know to date, it was perpetrated by one crazy individual.

This was a terrible tragedy and, based on everything we know so far, an isolated incident. But the media and some politicians can’t help themselves and have started assigning blame to people other than the shooter. Of course, the favorite argument is that political rhetoric on the right is too confrontational and several commentators on TV have already singled out talk radio. It is the predictable reaction on the left: blame Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.

One irony here is that the leading blog on the left, the Daily Kos, had an article just two days ago about Giffords titled: “My Congresswoman voted against Nancy Pelosi and is now DEAD to me.” The post has been pulled from the site, but Michelle Malkin has captured an image of the page:

The point is not to accuse the Daily Kos of inciting the nut job who did this, but that the left is very selective about their outrage. They try to link political speech to potential for violence only when they want to silence opposition to their ideas.

We keep hearing how political debate has become more acrimonious in recent years, but this is simply not true. Florida Pundit has previously featured a reason TV video on the 1800 election fight between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. See American Elections 1800 vs. 2010 – Founding Fathers Engaged in Brutal Personal Attacks. Compared to the political rhetoric of Jefferson and Adams even the most passionate people today whether on the Left or Right are tame. America has a long tradition of people making their political arguments passionately often using war-like terms. Sane people understand that when we talk about a “war of ideas” or a “political fight” we do not call for violence.

We should reject the cynical use of today’s horrible tragedy for political gains. This has nothing to do with the political fight of our day about the size, power and cost of the federal government. No one in the Tea Party movement and on the conservative side should shrink from attacking the ideas or lack of ideas on the Left or from boldly proposing an alternative vision to that of the Obama administration.

We hope that Gabrielle Giffords survives and recovers from a shot through the head. Giffords, a moderate Democrat, participated in the reading of the Constitution on the floor of the House that Republicans initiated and that was widely mocked on the Left. Here she is just two days ago reading the First Amendment to the Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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A little humor from Andrew Klavan:

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