Ed Konecnik, a member of the Libertarian Party of Queens County, who often writes Letters To The Editor and has articles published in local newspapers, sent me the following release on February 2, 2012, which is Ayn Rand's birthday:
The year 2012 promises to be a year of momentous and consequential events among them the end of the Mayan Calendar and the possible re-election of President Obama. Either event has the potential to cause some dismay, discomfort and suffering.
The disastrous effects of President Obama's economic policies are a matter of record. His intense relentless commitment to social justice and a redistributive agenda has added almost 5 trillion dollars to our debt in just three years. His spending, borrowing, stimulating, loans to benefactors and collaborators for investments in unproven green energy, TARP bailouts of banks and institutions have not increased employment or improved the economy. These policies are manifestations of an antipathy to the capitalist system and rule of law. Unfortunately, many Americans are oblivious to the consequences of unsustainable budget deficits in spite of reports from Greece and other EU countries whose welfare state economies have devastated them to the brink of ruin. Anyone with a modicum of intellectual honesty must acknowledge you cannot legislate the poor into prosperity nor multiply wealth by dividing it.
Are we as human beings not really responsible for our own acts and so we need a government to direct and control us? Must we yield our individual rights to a ruling elite that makes any laws it wishes and forces them upon everyone in any manner it wishes? Ayn Rand warned, "When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you, you may know that your society is doomed."
Should we prepare for more than one cataclysmic event in 2012? We cannot change the Mayan Calendar but we can vote.
The Libertarian Party of Queens County celebrated Ayn Rand's birthday at a luncheon held at the Aqueduct Buffet located at Resorts World NYC.