Ryan drew boos at the AARP event when he talked about repealing the president's health care plan, but said "You want to go in to what may be a hostile environment, because we're not afraid to take our message to anybody, we're not afraid to show our ideas to anybody. We're proud of our ideas."No matter how bad the idea, Ryan won't shy away from his twisted world view, one based a fiction writers vision of the world. Ayn Rand's brutal go it alone characters, like John Galt and Howard Roark, have all the traits of serial killers.
Salon: Ayn Rand was working out her philosophy, she became enthralled by a real-life American serial killer, William Edward Hickman ... Rand filled her early notebooks with worshipful praise of Hickman. According to biographer Jennifer Burns Rand was so smitten with Hickman that she modeled her first literary creation … on him.”
But yesterday, Ryan got caught saying things that don't sound like a guy running for vice president. Straight faced, Ryan now denies his own strongly held convictions, without explanation:
jsonline: Ryan also spoke about Social Security to AARP. Seven years ago, in a talk to a group of Ayn Rand devotees known as the Atlas Society, Ryan had characterized Social Security as a "collectivist program" and a "welfare transfer" system, remarks that have gotten renewed attention in the current campaign.
Asked about those words Saturday, Ryan said that did not represent his thinking about the retirement program.
Here's a slide show of selected pictures from those of us who have been covering Ryan for some time. This is Ryan talking to the Atlas Society, including the "welfare transfer" reference (shortened version):
Ryan's vision for America is based on a novel, a fiction, created by writer. Believe it or not:
Ryan: “You can’t think of a better thinker or writer who did a better job of describing and laying out the moral case for capitalism than Ayn Rand. It’s so important that we go back to our roots, to look at Ayn Rands visions, her writings, to see what our girding undergrounding principals are.”