In "Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal" (1946), atheist Ayn Rand's remarkable analysis includes three characteristics of compromise, to wit:
1. "In any conflict between two men (or two groups) who hold the same basic principles, it is the more consistent one who wins."
2. "In any collaboration between two men (or two groups) who hold different basic principles, it is the more evil or irrational one who wins."
3. "When opposite basic principles are clearly and openly defined, it works to the advantage of the rational side; when they are not clearly defined, but are hidden or evaded, it works to the advantage of the irrational side."
Furthermore, she notes that:
"Pragmatism is the philosophy which holds that there is no objective reality or permanent truth, that there are no absolute principles, no valid abstractions, no firm concepts, that anything may be tried by rule-of-thumb, that objectivity consists of collective subjectivism, that whatever people wish to be true, is true, whatever people wish to exist, does exist-provided a consensus says so.
"If you want to avert the final disaster, it is this type of thinking - every one of those propositions and all of them - that you must face, grasp, and reject. Then you will have grasped the connection of philosophy to politics and to the daily events of your life. Then you will have learned that no society is better than its philosophical foundation."
Unfortunately, like the majority of Americans, not to mention the world's citizens, Rand inexplicably fails to correctly understand the Declaration of Independence's significance as our philosophical basis, to wit:
1. The Triune God is the source of our inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that is, to cultivate virtue and accrue private property.
2. The Supreme Judge of the world (Jesus Christ) adjudicates the rectitude of our intentions as a nation as well as individuals.
3. With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, this Authority warranted the pledge of our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor as Americans.
On the way to his inauguration, President-elect Obama's call for a new Declaration of Independence while standing on the steps of Constitutional Hall, above all else, is blasphemous. His mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, a communist, made the same call in the July 4, 1946 edition of his newspaper The Chicago Star. President Obama and his legislative cohorts' continuing disregard for constitutional restraints is lawless.
Remember Speaker Pelosi's irrational disregard for the legislative process when she urged the passage of Obamacare so that we could find out what is in it? And now, Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, rams through the repudiation of the constitutional rights of the minority by annulling the filibuster where judicial nominations are concerned. Bipartisanship based upon founding principles is mocked when a majority decides to arbitrarily run rough-shod over those principles while paying lip-service to them, thus rendering Rand's first point on compromise null and void.
Now, Rand's second and third points are dramatically illustrated with the agreement reached in Geneva with Iran, whose leaders practice Kithman and Taqiyya that is, "hiding the truth from your enemies."
While Western diplomats believe the agreement will stop their nuclear aspirations, it apparently matters not to them that Iranian leaders believe that they "....belong to a religion that whosoever conceals it, Allah will honor him and whosoever reveals it, Allah will disgrace him."
Justifiably, Israel's leaders view this agreement as a betrayal. Luke 21:20-24 as well as Matthew 24:37-39 provide further insights for sober consideration.
Does Rand's reference to "the final disaster" prophetically echo Jesus Christ's words in Luke 23:26-31 of such calamity on his way to crucifixion? After his popularly acclaimed crucifixion, it took about 40 years for Titus to wreak havoc on Israel, initiating the Diaspora.
What is the equivalent application in the Gentile world? Did the demise of the greatest Gentile nation in history begin with the horrific slaughter of World War I that failed to make the world safe for democracy or to end war?
Often missed is the singular importance of the Balfour Declaration advocating a restoration of Israel to its God-given homeland that was made possible by the Allied victory. Then, the Allies' victory in World War II stayed the Holocaust and helped make Israel's rebirth a reality.
Also vitally important to this portent is that the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is now occupied by the Dome of the Rock Mosque. the interior of which is inscribed with the emphatic declaration, "Far be it from God that he should have a son."
No greater difference between the founding principles of the United States and the Shiites of Iran exists.
Yavelak is a lifelong resident of Eastern Ohio who served as an educator at St. Clairsville High School for 30 years, nearly equally divided between administration and history instruction.