The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand.Rand wrote a book titled: The Virtue of Selfishness , not "The Virtue of Public Service". Rand wrote books where the heroes were entrepreneurs, not government officials.
Where the hell did Ryan get inspired to go into politics because of Rand?
Here's Rand on government power:
Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.Here's Rand's answer to Ryan's vote for TARP and the other bailouts:
Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.Here's Rand on "public service":
I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.And
It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.Rand on government:
The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.This inspired Ryan to become a politician?
The left is really having fun with Ryan's claim, sending this tweet viral:
Ryan says Ayn Rand was his inspiration to enter public service, which is a little like Ray Kroc inspiring a career in nutrition.