I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

- de Tocqueville 1831

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Of Teachers and Ayn Rand

I have a favorite radio talk show host,  his name is Mike Rosen.  His show is on locally  from 9 am to Noon.  Fortunately he is also on the web and archives his shows.  http://www.850koa.com/pages/mikerosen.html

Since I have finally figured out how to embed videos,  I thought that I would embed some of the relevant things in his archives.

First up is a doctor standing on a corner in Wisconsin,  signing sick notes for protesters.  Unethical maybe?

 Next up,  A little reality check for those "teachers" protesting in Wisconsin

Third : A better trailer for Atlas Shrugged

 and finally a movie clip from Atlas Shrugged

At first blush you might not think that the movie clips and the Wisconsin protesters have anything in common unless you are versed in Ayn Rands work.  Than you know that what she considered the enemies of freedom are connected in most fiendish ways.  Of course being a Mormon Ayn and I separate company on religious views but knowing something about her background, I understand why she was an atheist.  Still, her writings have as much relevance today as they did in her time,  maybe more.


goddessdivine said...

I just shake my head at Wisconsin. These people are clueless.

Barbaloot said...

Yikes---more than anything yikes and the crazy unethical doctor. I hope she gets nailed.

Angela said...

I really really hope the movie is good. It's a story that needs to be told.

rocslinger said...

Miss Devine, Wisconsin is just the start. I don't know about the movie but the unions will soon be gathering to a "town near you"

Barb, As I look at that clip I think I see other people in white in the near background. Yikes is a good word for it.

Angela, Everything I've seen and heard about the movie looks good. They've placed it in the year 2016 rather than make it a period piece which seems to make it fit.

I certainly hope that Ayn Rand is looking down and can give it it's blessing and yes the irony of what I have just said is not lost on me.

What are the chances of a "bloggers movie night"? I know most of you are not here, oh well wishful thinking.

Kerri said...

One of the things that frustrates me is the ignorance of educated people. What kind of teachers can they be when all they can spew is Union rhetoric, unable to think intelligently for themselves? Where is their dedication to education? While students are being taught by who knows who during their picketing, what kind of education are they contributing to our future? Having a family in which there are many teachers, some on one side and some on the other,I wonder where the dedication to teach well has gone as these teachers ignore their jobs. I've always thought of teaching as a noble profession, requiring hard work and long hours for relatively little pay - in some cases, although I've got to say $70,000+ a year is a heck of a lot more than I've ever made. And let's face it, the unions are thinking of themselves - not their members or the kids their members are supposed to be dedicated to educate - in every decision they make. Can you say corruption?

Kerri said...

Oh, and the so called doctor? She should lose her dang license for lying. At the very least, somebody should investigate her to see if she's perpetrating fraud elsewhere in her profession.

The Atomic Mom said...

I had no idea they'd made THAT into a movie. :)

rocslinger said...

It's not a movie per say, It's more like "performance art";)

Nightdragon said...

Unfortunately, Ayn was quite anti-homosexual: strange for someone who believed so fervently in personal freedom. Aside from that, I consider her work ground-breaking and agreeable.