The House and Senate have adjourned for their hardly earned annual five-week summer break, so it's business as usual these lazy, crazy days of August in Washington with nothing of meaningful significance happening in the halls of Congress.
One of the last things passed in the House last Friday was a record 40th anti-Obamacare vote (232 to 185) on a measure introduced by Tom Price (R-Georgia) charmingly entitled, "The Keep the IRS off your Health Care Act of 2013" doomed to failure from the outset with a Democratic president and Senate fortunately in place.
Price, a national Tea Party hero, has gone on record time and time again condemning "The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act of 2010" as a "government takeover of health care," a characterization as patently false as it is insipidly stupid. However, this qualifies Price to be often mentioned as a possible new House Speaker if John Boehner doesn't talk the talk and walk the walk, trembling at every turn lest he upset Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy and other beneficiaries of rich, self-interested, ever wealthier campaign donors the infamous Koch brothers coming quickest to mind.
After 24 years in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has become a multimillionaire and not just for good looks. Dedicated to Barack Obama's political destruction since the day our president took office, McConnell ironically now faces primary competition for his Senate seat in 2014 from even more conservative candidates pledged to out-hate Mitch at the drop of a hood.
As with their previous 39 attempts to undermine the expressed will of the American people, our uptight right continues wasting time and talent in petulant pursuit of party purity. We can look for more of the same just down the road unless responsible GOP traditionalists can wrestle party control away from its wistfully wayward John Galt wannabes dedicated do-nothings with dreams of an Ayn Randian inspired Utopia dancing through their heads like sugar plums on Christmas Eve.
For the uninitiated, John Galt is the iconoclastic hero of "Atlas Shrugged" a long-winded, bombastic 1957 work of political fiction from Alisa Rosenbaum writing under the pseudonym "Ayn Rand."
Alisa was a Russian-born atheist heavily influenced in her early years by William Edward Hickman, an American serial killer. The hero of Rosenbaum's novel "The Fountainhead," Howard Roark, is said to be based on Hickman and is admiringly described in the book with these words: "He was born without the ability to consider others."
Hickman was hanged from the gallows at San Quentin on Oct. 19, 1928, for the gruesome kidnapping, killing and dismemberment of 12 year-old Marion Parker. Justice Clarence Thomas has described "The Fountainhead" as his "favorite book."
"Objectivism," a core philosophy developed by Ms. Rosenbaum and now espoused in our times by Tea Party Libertarian types, essentially preaches that the proper moral purpose of one's own life is the singular pursuit of individual happiness concern for others being relegated to the dust bin of history as antiquated a notion as Christianity. What? Behold the following directly copied this instant from the Ayn Rand Institute's website as written by Dr. Edwin Locke: "Christianity cannot be practiced consistently, destroys the integrity of man's mind, and is incompatible with living successfully and happily in the real world."
I prefer Matthew 25: 34-50 in the Standard American Bible and these words of Jesus: "Then the King will say to those on his right, come, you are the blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited me in; naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me."
Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when did we see you a stranger and invite you in or naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?"
The King will answer, "Truly I say to you, to the extent you did it to one of these brothers of mine, even the least of them, you did it to me."
Ultimately, it all comes down to caring and sharing.
Godliness and selfishness are intrinsically oppositional.
Let he or she who achieves material success enjoy first and foremost the fruits of their labor, yet remain ever thoughtful of those with less attained, especially children of poverty whose lot is surely not of their own design.
"Blessed is he that considers the poor: The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble." Psalm 41:1.
When we elect folks to government who scorn the concept of social equity and a common good government won't work. It never has. It never will.
It simply can't.