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Defeated Republican Candidate Quotes Ayn Rand on Hitler and the Virtues of Selfishness


Wait, wasn’t this Patrick Forrest dude, crushed by Janet Howell in the election results yesterday, supposed to be a “moderate” or even a “liberal” Republican? Guess not.

I wanted to pass along to you one of my favorite quotes from Ayn Rand:

“Throughout history, no tyrant ever rose to power except on the claim of representing ‘the common good.’ Napoleon ‘served the common good’ of France. Hitler is ‘serving the common good’ of Germany. Horrors which no man would dare consider for his own selfish sake are perpetrated with a clear conscience by ‘altruists’ who justify themselves by-the common good.  The American system is founded on individualism. If it is to survive, we must understand the principles of individualism and hold them as our standard in any public question, in every issue we face. We must have a positive credo, a clear consistent faith.”

Uh huh. Right. Sure. Whatever you say, Mr. Forrest. (quick, someone call the men in the white coats) As one Virginia Democrat said to me in an email: “I think we should all be thankful the man who thought this post-election campaign email was a good idea is not an elected official. Hopefully, we don’t see him again.” I’d just add the words, “for both selfish reasons as well as for the common good!” 🙂

P.S. For more on the sociopathic extremist (and horrible writer) Ayn Rand, click here.  

  • MorrisMeyer

    “Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.”

  • kindler

    …I don’t think that was the problem with Hitler…

  • mrg.uva

    I find most annoying but sadly not shocking is the sheet number of Republican losers not calling their opponents to concede defeat.  Seems like a growing trend of classlessness in Old Virginny (which remains dead.)