How snidely slanted is this:
Cruz made 2016 announcement speech without a teleprompter
David McCabe / The Hill
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made his speech announcing that he would run for the presidency without the assistance of a teleprompter, his spokesman said Monday. — Cruz delivered his roughly half-hour announcement speech at evangelical Liberty University in Virginia.
from my book Ayn Nation Under God:
Introduction to Special Government Shutdown Edition
As I write this, the United States of America are in the ninth day of the Federal “government shutdown.” A cable news ‘countdown clock’ just hit 8 days, 8 hours, 8 minutes and 8 seconds.
A week or so ago, when Ted Cruz of Texas was making himself a household name, he had a strange “non-filibuster filibuster” and, for twenty hours or so, he laid out his reasons for wanting to shut down the U.S. Government. The Congressional record recalls the fateful moment when Senator Cruz explained WHY this shutdown was necessary. He was going Galt. It was Wednesday, September 24, 2013:
“We are a nation that was founded on liberty,” Senator Cruz intoned, “Always defend liberty. You can’t go wrong with that as a mantra. In the interest of that, I would like to share a few excerpts of one of my favorite books, ‘Atlas Shrugged’ by Ayn Rand.”
This was not enough of a plug for Senator Cruz, however, who continued: “Let me encourage any of you who have not read ‘Atlas Shrugged’ to go tomorrow and buy ‘‘Atlas Shrugged’’ and read it. What is interesting is in the last 3 years sales of ‘Atlas Shrugged’ have exploded, because we are living in the days of Ayn Rand,” adding, “I will share a few excerpts that are all fundamentally about liberty and the liberty that ObamaCare infringes.”
And, after some filibustering that wasn’t actually a filibuster, Senator Cruz tipped his hand, quote:
“I want to point to some more excerpts from Ayn Rand that I think are relevant to the battle before this body. First, from ‘Atlas Shrugged:’ [sic] We are on strike, we, the men of the mind. . . . We are on strike against self-immolation. We are on strike against the creed of unearned rewards and unrewarded duties…” [Congressional Record Vol. 159 WASHINGTON, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 No. 127—Part II, page 57.]
He goes on, quoting from Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead to justify his notion, “on another level, we are facing an assault on liberty,” Ayn Rand’s notion of “freedom”—that the “men of the mind” are impeded by the ‘parasites’ and ‘moochers,’ and ought to be swept away by, essentially, Social Darwinism, et al, etcetera. The so-called “free market” that produced 1930s Gangland Chicago.*
[* You know: more or less what we’ve got now.]
But there is something monstrous in this, and it’s not as easy to articulate as you might think. The Ayn Rand types, the “Libertarian” True Believers have their rap down as pat as any Jehovah’s Witness that ever knocked on a suburban door on a Saturday morning….
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