In her prophetic novel, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand painted a dreary picture of America's future: a ruling political party cynically dictatorial, with no real opposition because most people had lapsed into cheerless pessimism.
Rand's prediction has been inching toward fulfillment over the years, but two recent political articles seem to indicate that her prophecy could experience a big bang explosion into reality if, for example, Fred Thompson were to run against Barack Obama.
The Los Angeles Times delves into Barack Obama's inner darkness which pitchfork-prods him into a fiery dictatorial ambition which even Hillary Clinton and John Edwards could not match: Obama: a fresh face or an old-school tactician?
September 8, 2007
Reason Magazine laments that Fred Thompson is woefully uninterested in restoring the rotted foundation pilings of individual rights, or in fighting off Democratic dictatorship in the United States: The Unbearable Lightness of Fred
September 7, 2007
Most Americans know what is right and wrong. This gives rise to the idea of rights. It is right for you to have the freedom to make mistakes and learn from your mistakes, or to make wise choices and benefit from such choices. Therefore you have a right to liberty.
Democrats can't stand individuals learning from mistakes, so they advocate abortion, government "safety nets," and leniency for criminals. Nor do they want individuals keeping the benefits of wise decisions, so they call for programs to redistribute wealth. In other words, Democrats seem passionate about using government to legislate away your right to liberty.
Meanwhile, most Republicans tepidly voice opposition and seem satisfied with wishful thinking.
In a contest between passion and wishful thinking, passion wins. So Americans are becoming resigned to hopelessness, true or false?
Throughout history, when a majority became dispirited and slaves to government, those who could not bring themselves to abandon their spirit, the heroes, packed up a handful of belongings and headed out to uninhabited places to start anew. In our modern interconnected world, physically "heading out" cannot happen, but starting anew can. Ron Paul's friends call it "revolution." Mitt Romney's friends call it "turn around." Heroically transforming the old and rotten into something new and life-serving is always possible when there is enough passion.
Ron Paul sees as clearly as an ancient prophet how totally wrong modern America has become; and Mitt Romney is an old-fashioned heroic leader who has repeatedly changed decayed enterprises into thriving joyous successes. Will the American people recognize these new leaders? Will Americans find their passion?
Here is what Jesus Christ teaches in his revelation for the 21st Century, A Course in Miracles, about undoing an existing chaos.
Undoing is not your task, but it IS up to you to welcome it or not. We have already said that wishful thinking is how the ego deals with what it wants, to make it so. There is no better demonstration of the power of wanting, and therefore of faith, to make its goals seem real and possible. Faith in the unreal leads to adjustments of reality, to make it fit the goal of madness. What you desire you WILL see. And if its reality is false, you will uphold it by not realizing all the adjustments you have introduced to make it so.
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"...nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21)
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