With Progressives, the issue is never the issue. This basic principle holds true for the Obleftivists of the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI). The people running ARI live in the cultural left's world. They're "free market" Progressives. Case in point, their support of deconstruction the USA via massive population transfers.
Recently, ARI's "Chief Content Officer" (seriously) Onkar Ghate again attacked President Trump for his style, rhetoric and policies using media smears as references. They really really hate the man. As with the Bush Crime Family, ARI never criticized Obama or Clinton in such personal terms. In fact, some of the ARI Brain Trust actually voted for sociopath Hillary. The guy who runs ARI last month ranted on Facebook thus:
BTW, after 9 months of Trump, I can unequivocally say that he is a cancer on this country. He is a product of the Left. This is what nihilism leads to -- and much worst is yet to come from both left and right. I will stick to Objectivism and the truth. I will defend them with my energy, my mind, my life, against those who would sell out to the lessor of two great evils.
ARI is an embarrassment to a great thinker, Ayn Rand. Brook's comment above is an example of how Progressives always project. He accuses Trump of being "a product of the left." Brook admits to once being a socialist and collectivist, two things Donald Trump has never been. Brook still lives in the cultural left. Hence, his and Ghate's hostility to Trump.
Trump Derangement Syndrome means never having to examine premises or look at reality. As one blogger observed:
What is shocking is that the Ayn Rand Institute and many of its scholars do not think the President has done anything of value. During his short time in office, however, Donald Trump has massively deregulated the economy (especially the energy sector), unapologetically defended Western Civilization, and he has condemned socialism using the tragic results of Venezuela’s example.
Ding, ding, ding! I believe that the source of ARI's hatred for successful builder Donald Trump stems from the president's statements and policy about immigration. The also hate his campaign slogan of "America First;" although, Ayn Rand was an America Firster. Brook and Ghate's main problem is with American patriotism and the nation-state as it's existed for the last five hundred years. On the other hand, neither have issued such categorical demands that Israel and India erase their national borders and, therefore, their national existence. I'm sure that's just an oversight and that they will soon issue those policy statements.
As for Ghate's latest public embarrassment, he has received a most thorough fisking at the Rational Capitalist blog. Ghate justifies his nonsense by invoking Rand's disdain for Ronald Reagan. At her last public address in 1982, Rand said she didn't vote for Reagan and that her main concern about him was his connection to the "religious right." Of course, the Progressives at ARI share the rest of the left's nightmarish, apocalyptic views of the "religious right" bugaboo. The left's hatred of Christianity has now morphed into a hatred of white people. The demonization of white Americans is yet another cultural issue that ARI evades. The rationalists and dogmatists at ARI are simply incapable of admitting that Rand was wrong on a current political figure and move on.
Ayn Rand commented on Reagan after only one year of his first term. It is now obviously clear that Rand was wrong about Reagan. Reagan turned the country around and renewed American pride. That the Reagan Revolution was subsequently murdered by RINOs such as the Bush Crime Family was not Reagan's fault. Ghate is just as wrong about Trump, but with far less excuse. Trump is largely secular. But, he is not hostile to Christianity and doesn't seem like the type to have a conniption over a publicly displayed cross.
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Needless to say, Ghate's latest rant will do President Trump no harm. The same can't be said for the misnamed Ayn Rand Institute.