Today marks the fourth year since the birth of Grumpa Joe’s Place blog. In the beginning I wanted a blog that would give me a teaching opportunity. The object was to convince people of the huge potential they carry within themselves. Topics like goal setting, baby steps, project management, visioning, self talk, defining goals, you name it, if it related to getting things done and making lives more productive I wanted to cover it. At first I did, then something happened to steer me off course. The campaign for the 2008 election began and my goal changed. I saw something happening very early that made me realize a danger coming that many people would not recognize, i.e. socialism under the disguise of modern progressivism.
My entire being focused on stopping the Democrat take over. It didn’t matter if it was Obama or Hillary, they promote the same philosophy. After the election and I realized failure, the goal changed to one of stopping Progressives from anymore take overs. My entire being concentrates on that one goal, stop socialism from happening in America.
Maybe I’m too old to understand that young people want someone to care for them because they are not capable of doing it themselves. I wish I could adopt that mindset, it would be so much easier, for a while anyway. That is, until everyone finally wakes up to find the evil capitalists replaced by even more evil bureaucrats. There will be differences however, under evil capitalism, liberty allowed me to decide how hard to work to make a successful life. Under socialism, evil government will decide what you do in life, and life is not worth writing home about. Everyone will be equal. Think about that, everyone will drive the same car, live in the same kind of house, watch the same brand of TV on the same channel, and there is only one because that is the only way to give everyone equal entertainment. All of us will sit on the same kind of couch, go to the same doctors, make the same amount of money, and have the same number of babies of each sex. If a baby is the wrong sex, you may decide to have an abortion, or send baby to a government exchange. There, you get to take home a baby of the right sex, or to try again until you get it right.
One thing that GJP has done is open my mind to new ideas from books. Most of the time, I read conservative authors because I still have the liberty to do so. “Atlas Shrugged” is a favorite. Author Ayn Rand saw the future when she wrote this story. I believe the premise for her book begins during the 2008-2012 period. Her story actually begins in the year 2016. If we keep the same political leaders we have, it will only take until 2016 for progressivism to transform America into a mindless population that waits for the next order to come down from the politiburo.
I like to think of myself as characters Hank Rearden or Dagny Taggert who prevail in spite of the complete and inevitable take over of all private enterprise by the élite progressives who steer the country for the good of everyone. To make this story short, even Rearden finally quits and seeks a new beginning through John Galt.
Who is John Galt?
“We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: The stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission – which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.”
- News for Ayn Rand Fans! Rearden Metal is here! (jeffoakes.wordpress.com)
- How Ayn Rand became the new right’s version of Marx | George Monbiot | The Guardian (tribuneofthepeople.com)