When I was a teenager, I think 15 or so, as most American male teenagers of higher than average intelligence do, I went through an Ayn (pronounced ‘ein’) Rand phase. I’m not ashamed to admit it, even though it is the philosophical equivalent to a spoiled teen girl’s belief that the world revolves around her. As a philosophy, Objectivism is not without redeeming features. However, in order to implement Objectivism in the real world, it would require two conditions be met in order to not collapse into a Somalian style warlord society. The first condition is that everyone be a genius, and the second would be that everyone have an innately benevolent nature. In fact, despite the nature of some of her more ardent followers, the entirety of Rand’s philosophy rests on an innate belief in the good nature of man. It was her general belief that it was only when given institutionalized authority over other men that the more negative aspects of man’s nature took over. To summarize: if we lived in a world where everyone was a genius with no ill will towards his fellow man, objectivism would be a perfect philosophy for everyone. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case.
I’m going to presume that everyone is by now familiar with the Akin nonsense. Stunningly, both Phyllas Schlafly and Bryan Fischer from the AFA had refrained from commenting until now. There’s many terrible things in that article, but by far the worst is this gem at the end:
Fischer lamented that “everybody is gang tackling Todd Akin.” “You talk about a forcible situation, you talk about somebody being a victim of forcible assault, that would be Todd Akin,” Fischer maintained.
So, just to be clear, what Bryan Fischer is saying that, while nobody has said that rape isn’t bad (although marital rape doesn’t apparently exist) one kind of rape that is way worse than ‘forcible rape’, or ‘legitimate rape’ or ‘fraudulent rape to get abortion money’ is the kind that is currently happening to Todd Akin. So yes, again, to be clear, figurative rape = worse than rape rape. Also, the term is gangbanging.
Results of the Colorado Caucus [Denver Post]
So Rick Santorum (go google it now, just to keep the pageviews up) has just won three states in one night. Including, not too surprisingly, Colorado. I say not surprisingly, even though Romney won here four years ago, and received the endorsement of many of Colorado’s more prominent Republican party members, including the Denver Post. And yes, that reads correctly. So if Romney was so heavily favored, how did he lose so decisively?
The answer is simple: Romney is very heavily favored, but only by the establishment, the surrounding millionaires, and the wealthy republicans who make up the majority of their party’s financial assets. However, the past four years have not been particularly kind to the public image of insanely wealthy venture capitalists. This is why the counties that Romney was able to win either had substantial Mormon populations or were in the Denver metro area.
In the areas Santorum won, he had two major advantages over Romney going into the campaign. The first is that Colorado has always been particularly distrustful of the political establishment; and Colorado natives frequently exhibit this trait in their voting. The second is that rural Colorado, particularly the flat parts, is populated heavily by Christian zealots and meth nazis. These are two groups that are obviously all up in Santorum’s camp. Remember, this is the state that tried to make it totally cool to discriminate against gays for any reason.
In the 10^23 Republican presidential primary torture garden nightmare party on foreign terrorism and communism or whatever, things happened that were predictable. Michelle Bachman made ridiculous claims, and couldn’t support them. In this debate, they were about Obama taking away the CIA’s ability to investigate, which I guess he has done with his unwaivering support and continuance of the Patriot Act and his failure to close Guantanamo Bay. Which is still open, by the way, despite even the United Nations calling for its closure. Newt Gingrich said something dickish, perhaps about the Patriot Act. Ron Paul provided, as usual, the one viewpoint that actually seems in line with what the Republican Party used to pretend to be; in this debate it was in providing the lone voice of dissent to the Patriot Act, the ultimate face of big brother-government intervention and control. Jon Huntsman said some unAmerican things, like that we should withdraw troops from Afghanistan and also that for some reason Vietnam was bad for America. I don’t know why, perhaps because more hippies could have died on both fronts? Finally, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum fulfilled roles. According to the AP: “Also on the debate stage were businessman Herman Cain and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.” Here’s a site link to the Denver Post, but you shouldn’t click it because they’re a bunch of fuckers.