Thursday, December 12, 2013

Trying to Channel John Galt

I did a double take as I was driving along Folly Road on James Island yesterday.  I had seen the signs to dump
Graham and even a couple of Lee Bright signs over the past weeks, but this one said, "Who Is Lee Bright?"  I had to chuckle at that one, and muttered, "He's an idiot...." as I continued by.  But the comparison to John Galt of Atlas Shrugged fame just cracked me up the rest of the day.

It's not news by now that South Carolina State Senator Lee Bright is threatening our own sometime reasonable/sometime insane US Senator Lindsey Graham

 with a primary challenge from the right.  Far right.  Bright is indeed a controversial figure, a true South Carolina character.  And by no means modest.

He has lately compared himself to Jesse Helms, saying, "If you elect me to the Senate, you will think Jesse Helms has rose from the dead."  Yes, I think we can all agree that he sure does talk like an uneducated redneck.  And if you know anything about Jesse Helms, you probably know that he was a sanctimonious racist but not exactly a fiscal conservative.

In this, Lee Bright may be more like Helms than Galt.  Because the oxymoronic Bright is more than willing to spend what needs to be spent on forcing women to have babies.  His judgmental social values have been tyrannizing the state legislature for awhile now; his persistence has to do with his close relationship to God, apparently.  He has said that Jesus/God has told him to run for Graham's senate seat, so he would be in good company with Tim Scott, who is also serving at the grace of the Big Guy.

I have to say, if you want the real scoop on Lee Bright, you could do worse than checking in on FitsNews.  I really don't think you could get much more objective than this:

We’ve known S.C. Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) is a moron for some time. But he has an unimpeachable pro-taxpayer, pro-liberty voting record – so we’ve generally tolerated his intellectual incuriosity.
To get back to the John Galt thing.  Apart from it's being fiction, and Ayn Rand's schoolgirlish fantasy -- yes I read Ayn Rand and loved Atlas Shrugged, and then I grew up -- Lee Bright is not exactly like the hero of the story.  He claims to be a small government fiscal conservative, but the big chip on his shoulder guarantees that he will spend what needs to be spent on fighting wars, against foreign leaders as well as gays, women and hispanics.

Ayn Rand's John Galt was an atheist; he would no more make laws banning birth control and abortion than he would regulate industry.  Galt may have been simplistic, but he was consistent.  All Lee Bright is, really, is consistently foolish.

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