Ayn't Life Rand?

Surprise! The Philosopher Behind the New GOP Budget Hated Gays!

So who’s the inspiration of Paul Ryan’s Roadmap for America’s Future? (You know, the courageous federal budget proposal to save the government money by making seniors pay buckets of money more for healthcare, because, you know, elderly people are at the peak of their consumer powers, particularly when it comes to knowing what to do in the face of their looming mortality.)

Is it any surprise that the source is an anti-gay philosopher and writer? You see, Ryan, a Republican Congressman from Wisconsin, is a devotee of Ayn Rand. Jonathan Chait at the New Republic has pointed out that Rand is a “twisted, hateful thinker.” (Her shoes were ugly too.) Rand basically believed the rich are not just better than you and I, but we should be grateful that they lord it over us. Well, it’s more subtle than that, but it always seems to end up looking like that.

And of course, when it comes to gays and lesbians, Rand lives up to Chait’s billing. As the high priestess of libertarian thought, Rand believed that the government had no role in criminalizing homosexuality. But that was a triumph of principle over personal belief. Being gay, said Rand, “involves psychological flaws, corruptions, errors, or unfortunate premises …. Therefore I regard it as immoral … And more than that, if you want my really sincere opinion. It’s disgusting.”

Kind of like balancing the budget on the backs of the elderly. Ryan has certainly applied Rand’s visceral hatred of gays to his voting record, which includes voting against gay adoptions in D.C., voting against a federal nondiscrimination law and voting for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Not exactly a consistent embrace of libertarian principles, but what do you expect for a rising star in today’s GOP?

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