Taggart Romney, who may or may not be named after the female protagonist of Atlas Shrugged, had this to say about the debate, after being asked what it’s like to sit there and listen to the President of the United States call your dad a liar:
“Well — jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at him,” he replied. “But you know you can’t do that because, well, first there is a lot of Secret Service between you and him but also because this is the nature of the process, they’re going to do everything they can do to make my dad into someone he is not.”
While Tagg seems like a nice enough guy, and the crazy eyes aren’t as strong with him as some of the others in the Romney brood, it does seem like he isn’t the only one who was struggling to stifle his rage during the debates. Check out how angry Josh Romney looked while Obama was speaking…
I am worried that Romney clan might all attempt to jump Obama at the next debate. Clearly, their instinctual response to contentious speech is violence. Do we really need another family in the White House that immediately want to respond with force when they are criticized? We’ve already tried the cowboy republican machismo attitude, if you guys remember it didn’t work out so well the last time.
The person with his finger on the button should be someone with a steady hand, along with a reasonable and diplomatic approach to criticism and conflict. We don’t need someone who escalates with force, but rather someone who calms with fair words and even-handed principles. I do not think that this person is Mitt Romney.
Speaking of principles, let’s get back to Taggart Romney. As I mentioned above, Dagny Taggart is the name of the main female character in Atlas Shrugged, and I believe she is the inspiration for the naming of Romney’s firstborn son. The official story is that he is named after Tagg Taggart, a family friend, but I find it telling that Romney would choose Paul Ryan (a known admirer of Ayn Rand, despite his claims to the contrary) as his VP pick. To me, it’s an implicit endorsement of Ryan’s, and by extension Rand’s, views.
Though Mitt Romney seems to have never overtly stated his views on Rand, let’s not forget the now-infamous comments he made regarding how he views the American voters:
There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.
That sounds pretty Randian to me. Even if Mitt never directly references Ayn Rand by name, it is clear that her philosophy has influenced the way he looks at life, politics, and capitalism. Having someone with this view– ruled by “rational self interest” or “rational egoism” as Rand calls it, which are really just fancy words for an extremely self-centered outlook on life– in the White House is not what will move this country forward, and could in fact end up hurting us all.
This has been Day 18 of my blog-a-day goal for the month of October. I hope to write 500 words or more per day, or ~15,000 for the month, to get myself in the habit of writing every day. How do you keep yourself motivated for creative pursuits? It’s definitely something I find difficult.