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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 7:00 pm

‘Atlas Shrugged’ fantasy, not reality

To The Editor:
Here are a few more tidbits of information about the movie Atlas Shrugged, which is being backed by Robert Kirkland. The movie is based on the book of the same name by Ayn Rand, an avowed atheist who made no bones about her belief that the ultimate human good was selfishness and who proclaimed to anyone that would lend an ear that the only God she worshiped was the “almighty dollar.” All of the characters in her novels and in this movie embody these beliefs
 She also worshiped at the throne of unregulated, free market capitalism, believing that there should be no government constraint of any kind on how owners run their businesses. In other words, businesses should have free reign to pollute at will, disregard workplace safety, ignore human rights, process food in unsanitary conditions, and defraud the consumer with impunity, all in pursuit of the “almighty dollar.” Prosperity for all would ensue, with any injustices, inequities, or harm occurring to individuals or to society being eventually corrected in the marketplace.
 She believed a worker’s pay should be based on how easily he could be replaced, rather than on how much economic value he added to his employer’s bottom line. In other words, no minimum wage, much less a living wage. Nor did she believe that individuals should have the right to band together and bargain with employers for higher wages, safer working conditions, and benefits such as paid sick leave, paid vacations, and retirement and medical benefits. She was also against government aid of any kind for anyone, even for the elderly, the disabled and the working poor. She opposed Social Security and Medicare, although when she was 65, she had no qualms about accepting them.
 I assume that most of the people in Obion County, including Mr. Kirkland, do not agree with Ayn Rand’s economic, social, and religious philosophy. We are not atheists. We don’t worship at the altar of the almighty dollar or believe that selfishness is the highest human value. And we support some degree of government regulation because we prefer not to drink water black with coal slurry and laced with arsenic, eat tuna tainted with mercury, or worry about salmonella with every bite of egg, meat, and lettuce we put in our mouths. We don’t want to inhale soot with every breath we take. We don’t like being ripped off by unscrupulous businesses and Wall Street speculators. And we’d rather not fly on planes that haven’t been inspected or drive across bridges not built according to rigid government specifications.
We want to be treated with respect and work in a safe workplace. We want to be paid according to how much value we add to our employer’s bottom line rather than according to how easily we can be replaced. In other words, we want to be paid an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, thus enabling us to feed, clothe, house, and provide medical care for our familes without having to resort to food stamps, Medicare, and subsidized housing, all at taxpayers’ expense.
Atlas Shrugged is a movie about the disaster that befalls our nation when inventors, industrialists, and financiers, in response to government regulations, refuse to play the game, take all their marbles home, and close their doors on the marketplace. Yet I see no evidence that there is any danger of that happening. Our industrial and financial titans are making money hand over fist. So why would they want to kill the goose that laid the golden egg? Helping their bottom line is also the fact that the productivity of the American worker has increased by 400 percent since 1950. And since the 1980s there has been an unprecedented explosion of inventions and technological innovation in this country. In fact, people from other nations are knocking at our doors wanting in so they, too, can create, innovate, invent, and make money.
If there’s a story about victims in this nation, it isn’t one about over regulated industrialists, financiers, and businesses. It’s about the American worker, whose wages have not increased in proportion to his output or to the profits he has helped his company earn. In fact, based on inflation, he makes no more now than he did 30 years ago although corporate profits have more than doubled in that time.
So if you want to see a movie based on reality, this is not the movie for you. But if you want to see a fast-paced, action-filled fantasy, then go see Atlas Shrugged. Or buy the DVD. Just don’t take its message seriously.
Lynda Hamblen
Union City

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Thompson will
make us proud

To The Editor:
Brad Thompson has been serving people of all ages, educating adults at Bethel University and has been in our communities serving in volunteer capacities and in our churches, nursing homes and schools. He has worked on projects like the Port at Cates Landing that will soon be a huge jobs creator. His work history has given him experience in working for the people and with that, I know he is the best candidate for the job as our next state senator.
Brad Thompson is very close to me and my children. We all deeply respect Brad Thompson and his family values. He is an honest man who stands strong in his beliefs and will work extremely hard for us in West Tennessee. I am honored to know him and even though I am not a political person I do know he will make us proud in the state Senate.   
Kelly Frankum
Union City

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America’s value
system displaced

To The Editor:
America’s value system has declined and so has her economy. America has lost her sense of identity. Her identity is tied to her roots but her value system has been displaced as other God’s and other religions have made their way into our nation to share in the richness of its glory.
The true God is being lost in the shuffle. It is time for God’s people to take a stand and declare enough is enough by electing Godly officials who represent our core values and uproot those who are taking away our God given rights and replacing them with their own ideas.
The blood of a multitude of innocent aborted babies is crying out for justice for murder, even as the blood of righteous Abel cried out against the injustice of Esau because we have elected ungodly men to office and given them the authority to change the laws of God once upheld by our nation.
Those who support the ungodly officials as they wage war against our moral and Godly principles and against those who uphold God’s laws by forming an alliance against God’s idea of marrige between one man and one woman and promote the perversion of same-sex unions will be judged along with them.
We must not allow ourselves to be brainwashed into believing otherwise. God’s laws have been established. We must take a stand and be willing to suffer for righteousness sake. Those who are born again belong to the Kingdom of God and must adhere to its laws. We are held to a higher standard and will be judged accordingly and will give account to God. Those who walk in darkness are blind and cannot see. They know not where they walk. If the blind follow the blind (leaders) they will all fall in the ditch (Matt. 15:14).
This is why our nation is spiraling in the wrong direction. Lord open our eyes that we may see (Psalms 119:18) May we have respect to God’s ways and delight ourselves in his law and statutes. (Psalms 119:15-16, 21) He rebukes the proud and arrogant, the accursed ones who err and wander from his commands. (Gal.6:7) God is not mocked whatsover a man soweth that shall he reap (see Romans Chapter 1). Those who exchange the truth of God for alie, God will abandon and turn them over to vile affections and degrading passions, exchanging their natural functions for unnatural and abnormal ones, men with men and women with women consumed for lust for one another committing shameful acts. God will give them over to a base and condemned mind to do things not proper or decent but loathsome until they are filled with all kinds of unrighteousness and iniquity, inventors of new forms of evil, disobedient, without natural affections and understanding, conscienceless, faithless, heartless, loveless and merciless fully aware that those who do such things deserve to die. They not only do them themselves but applaud others who practice them. (Romans 14:12) So then each of us shall give an account of himself to God.
God’s word never changes. It is forever settled in heaven and earth. We must pray according to II Chron. 7:14 and be willing and obedient according to Isaiah 1:19 If we want the favor of God to rest upon us both individually and corporately.
Ruth Green, Pastor
Manna Ministries

Published in The Messenger 10.31.12

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