Ayn Rant: Hillary Clinton Calls Atlas Shrugged “a boyish fantasy”

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Hillary Clinton seen here at a suburban Pittsburgh campaign stop criticizing Ayn Rand fans.
Hillary Clinton seen here at a suburban Pittsburgh speaking engagement criticizing Ayn Rand fans.

Pittsburgh, PA — At a recent speaking engagement in suburban Pittsburgh, former Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton went off script to criticize Ayn Rand’s 1957 Objectivist novel Atlas Shrugged as “a boyish fantasy not grounded in reality, but rather a comic book tale.” The comment, which largely drew silence from the mostly working class crowd in attendance, sparked criticism from several Republicans.

“It’s no secret that I give out Atlas Shrugged as Christmas gifts,” said Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. “And I read it with my kids at bedtime. Ayn Rand’s thinking is sorely needed now as the government continues to intrude on people’s lives. We are indeed living in Atlas Shrugged. But not Dagny Taggart’s world. It’s the moocher world where they demand high taxation, big labor, government ownership, government spending, government planning, regulation, and redistribution. If that makes me boyish, Secretary Clinton, then I’m proud of it.”

As for reaction to Ms. Clinton’s off-script rant, sources close to the former candidate said in private that they “wish Hillary would just stop tripping on her own dick,” implying that the well-worn political candidate has a knack for improving her overall unfavorable ratings. During the campaign, Ms. Clinton got into some hot water by saying half of Donald Trump supporters would fit into something called a “basket of deplorables.” Despite no one understanding what such a metaphorical basket might look like, each time she makes a gaff like this, the Donald Trump campaign at the time and his enthusiastic supporters pounce on her malapropisms to rally the faithful.

“And now she’s attacking people who read big books,” said Donald Trump at the time, talking to an angry crowd of over 20,000 in Michigan. “How stupid does she think you are? Crooked Hillary thinks you are stupid. Very stupid. Well, let me tell you, we know the truth that these eggheads don’t. I am your Ayn Rand comic book hero.” At which point the crowd cheered.

Clinton spokesperson Jennifer Palmieri did offer a clarifying statement today on Ms. Clinton’s website.

“Over the weekend, Hillary Clinton referred to fans of the iconic 1950s novel Atlas Shrugged as being ‘boyish.’ That was wrong. But let’s be clear what’s really ‘comic book’ like is that Donald Trump hired a major advocate got the so-called alt-right movement to run his campaign and that David Duke and other white supremacists see him as the champion of their values. It’s deplorable that Trump has built his presidency largely on prejudice and paranoia and given a national platform to hateful views and voices, but also extremely dangerous economic policies.”

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Of course Hillary Clinton hates “Atlas Shrugged.” She is the epitome of the kind of people that Ayn Rand warned about. And it appears that Atlas is about to shrug. Hillary and her ilk are making it more and more difficult for producers to produce. Who is John Galt?

Rekt
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Rekt

Trump is, at best, more like Gail Wynand. And worst, like Orren Boyle.

Dale Netherton
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Dale Netherton

Oren Boyle was a business man that lived off of government favors. and could not have been successful using his own ideas. Donald Trump built a rela estate empire only working with government as a necessity. You would never have heard Oren Boyle entering a political campaign to “Make America Great “. Gail Wynand is represented by the main stream media.

Rekt
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Rekt

Keyword: Mindset.
Edit: That’s assuming you know the characters.

John C. Turmel, B. Eng.
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Jct: Ayn Rand’s “John The Engineer Galt” was no hero. He ran away until the sheople overthrew the wolves. The real John The Engineer had to take on the wolves.

stranquilli
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stranquilli

You read a different book. He most certainly did not run away; he removed the doers revealing a world of second handers.

dentss
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dentss

Some people don’t get it ,either by design or stupidty ….

Kevin
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Kevin

The way I see it, if/when a large enough segment of society votes to give itself largesse from the treasury, the looters will continually vote to give themselves ever more, and “tax the rich” in order to pay for it. Unfortunately, as Margaret Thatcher said, “eventually, you run out of other people’s money.” At this point, the producers become outvoted, and they have two choices: 1) They can revolt violently and kill all the looters, or they can 2) Do what John Galt did and let the miserable looters fail on their own, because obviously they have no talent, skill,… Read more »

Ace Chap
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Ace Chap

At some point your ancestors ran away from the wolves of Europe. Cowards?

John C. Turmel, B. Eng.
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Jct: The guys after them had guns. Duh. Are you really that stupid?

BillinDetroit
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BillinDetroit

Run away? In my copy he leaves first and prepares a place for the others to come to if they wish. I don’t see that as running away. The sheeple never did overthrow the wolves. In my (anything but) humble opinion, THAT particular war will take a generation or more.

maquignon
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maquignon

Of course Hillary Clinton hates “Atlas Shrugged.” She is the epitome of the kind of people that Ayn Rand warned about. And it appears that Atlas is about to shrug. Hillary and her ilk are making it more and more difficult for producers to produce. Who is John Galt?

Rekt
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Rekt

Trump is, at best, more like Gail Wynand. And worst, like Orren Boyle.

Dale Netherton
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Dale Netherton

Oren Boyle was a business man that lived off of government favors. and could not have been successful using his own ideas. Donald Trump built a rela estate empire only working with government as a necessity. You would never have heard Oren Boyle entering a political campaign to “Make America Great “. Gail Wynand is represented by the main stream media.

Rekt
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Rekt

Keyword: Mindset.
Edit: That’s assuming you know the characters.

John C. Turmel, B. Eng.
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Jct: Ayn Rand’s “John The Engineer Galt” was no hero. He ran away until the sheople overthrew the wolves. The real John The Engineer had to take on the wolves.

stranquilli
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stranquilli

You read a different book. He most certainly did not run away; he removed the doers revealing a world of second handers.

dentss
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dentss

Some people don’t get it ,either by design or stupidty ….

Kevin
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Kevin

The way I see it, if/when a large enough segment of society votes to give itself largesse from the treasury, the looters will continually vote to give themselves ever more, and “tax the rich” in order to pay for it. Unfortunately, as Margaret Thatcher said, “eventually, you run out of other people’s money.” At this point, the producers become outvoted, and they have two choices: 1) They can revolt violently and kill all the looters, or they can 2) Do what John Galt did and let the miserable looters fail on their own, because obviously they have no talent, skill,… Read more »

Ace Chap
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Ace Chap

At some point your ancestors ran away from the wolves of Europe. Cowards?

John C. Turmel, B. Eng.
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Jct: The guys after them had guns. Duh. Are you really that stupid?

BillinDetroit
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BillinDetroit

Run away? In my copy he leaves first and prepares a place for the others to come to if they wish. I don’t see that as running away. The sheeple never did overthrow the wolves. In my (anything but) humble opinion, THAT particular war will take a generation or more.

joelhfx
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joelhfx

A resounding endorsement for Atlas Shrugged! If I wrote a book, the one person I would hate to have praise for it is Hillary.

Dale Netherton
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Dale Netherton

HIllary denounced it in her earlier years saying she had matured beyond it. You see what the amounts to.

BillinDetroit
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BillinDetroit

“Matured beyond it”? How can you outgrow what you do not understand?

Counselor39
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Counselor39

It’s not that Hillary (and her ilk) “hate” Atlas Shrugged. It just terrifies them.

joelhfx
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joelhfx

A resounding endorsement for Atlas Shrugged! If I wrote a book, the one person I would hate to have praise for it is Hillary.

Dale Netherton
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Dale Netherton

HIllary denounced it in her earlier years saying she had matured beyond it. You see what the amounts to.

BillinDetroit
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BillinDetroit

“Matured beyond it”? How can you outgrow what you do not understand?

Counselor39
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Counselor39

It’s not that Hillary (and her ilk) “hate” Atlas Shrugged. It just terrifies them.

Stormi W
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Stormi W

Problem is, Hillary is not nearly as smart as she thinks she is, just wiley. I doubt she ever made it to the end of AS, and never read “The Importance of Sea Power Upon History”, by Mahan, one of JFK’s favorites. She majored in duplicity, considering she could not even pass the bar exam, until Bill was Governor of Arkansas! The woman is a foul mouth user. E-mails between Hillary/Podesta/CFR, confirm she never intends to educate blacks, as her goal is a dumbd down populace who are socially unaware – their words.

BillinDetroit
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BillinDetroit

I was voting today when a woman noticed my red MAGA cap and asked whose slogan that was.

And liberals call US “low information voters”.

Stormi W
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Stormi W

Problem is, Hillary is not nearly as smart as she thinks she is, just wiley. I doubt she ever made it to the end of AS, and never read “The Importance of Sea Power Upon History”, by Mahan, one of JFK’s favorites. She majored in duplicity, considering she could not even pass the bar exam, until Bill was Governor of Arkansas! The woman is a foul mouth user. E-mails between Hillary/Podesta/CFR, confirm she never intends to educate blacks, as her goal is a dumbd down populace who are socially unaware – their words.

BillinDetroit
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BillinDetroit

I was voting today when a woman noticed my red MAGA cap and asked whose slogan that was.

And liberals call US “low information voters”.

Toby L. Short (Army-ret)
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Toby L. Short (Army-ret)

Atlas Shrugged. A novel by Ayn Rand describes a society in which the government has become omnipresent, controlling almost every facet of the population, its businesses, and social interactions. Of course everyone here reading this post would know that. The characters in Ms Rand’s novel knew something was wrong; at times they seem to catch a glimpse of something better, but they can not quite visualize, define and vocalize their thoughts. So, individual citizen-characters repress those brief glimpses of a better, a more productive life. They stagger blindly forward in life, having learned to forget. Alas, it seems has forgotten… Read more »

Toby L. Short (Army-ret)
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Toby L. Short (Army-ret)

Atlas Shrugged. A novel by Ayn Rand describes a society in which the government has become omnipresent, controlling almost every facet of the population, its businesses, and social interactions. Of course everyone here reading this post would know that. The characters in Ms Rand’s novel knew something was wrong; at times they seem to catch a glimpse of something better, but they can not quite visualize, define and vocalize their thoughts. So, individual citizen-characters repress those brief glimpses of a better, a more productive life. They stagger blindly forward in life, having learned to forget. Alas, it seems has forgotten… Read more »

Byron Rounds
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Byron Rounds

Its Hillary’s way or the highway. No open discussion here just business as usual in the Clinton Crime family world.

Byron Rounds
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Byron Rounds

Its Hillary’s way or the highway. No open discussion here just business as usual in the Clinton Crime family world.

Robert Weitman
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Robert Weitman

President Ronald Reagan–

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

–President Ronald Reagan

Individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise, self-reliance, and faith in God never go out of style no matter how loudly the civilization destructors shout. Defending our freedoms is why We The People formed government. When it no longer does this there is tyranny. Hold your representatives accountable. Vote!

Robert Weitman
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Robert Weitman

President Ronald Reagan–

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

–President Ronald Reagan

Individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise, self-reliance, and faith in God never go out of style no matter how loudly the civilization destructors shout. Defending our freedoms is why We The People formed government. When it no longer does this there is tyranny. Hold your representatives accountable. Vote!

Kennon Gilson
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Kennon Gilson

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Kennon Gilson
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Kennon Gilson

Shared @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/736882696414329/ Libertarian Poll Data workgroup …