Letter Re: John Galt

John Galt lives! Those of us that have read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, have an idea of what I’m talking about, but that’s not when it started and that’s not where it will end. I remember from grade school that the pilgrims came to this continent to escape persecution from both church and state. Since then, many of the great minds from around the world have come here to avoid persecution from their country’s leaders. Look at the great minds that have arrived just in the twentieth century. The list is so long there is no way I can mention them, but Einstein, Sikorsky, and Goddard come to mind.

At one time this was John Galt’s place of refuge, but all of that has changed. Where do we go from here? I can’t think of anywhere on earth left to escape to. The moon is uninhabitable at the present time, and besides why should we leave? I have a better idea. What do you say to us in believing in ourselves so much that we don’t need John Galt. What we need is the ability to reinstate the core beliefs that this country was founded on and stop the politicians from deciding what’s good for us and what’s not. We will not always be right, but that’s okay. That’s why we succeed– because we’re not afraid to fail. Remember, failure is only one step away from success.

Where is John Galt? Well, that’s the $64.00 question. Looking for John Galt is a waste of time. It’s like looking for the second coming of Jesus. We won’t find him; he’ll find you. We just have to be aware when it happens. Remember he is not interested in slackers, so like Christ, he will be knocking on only doors that are open to him. However, now is the time to do the work in building ourselves up and not worry about where John Galt is, as he is waiting for us to shine our light so bright that he can come to us. Our movement is in development. We are not hell bent on destroying but building. Our concern is pessimism. We do not have the time or the patience to wait. Time will run out for each of us, eventually. Our progress is important not only to us, as individuals, but as a collective nation. We do not want nor need a one-world order. We need to produce as a nation, so we can share with the rest of the world. Let it be known, what they do with the things we share– knowledge, product, or otherwise– is solely on them. If they choose not to accept it, it is no longer our responsibility or problem. We look at China today and say, “That poor country, they do not take care of their people or their rights.” But what other country, other than ours, spends the kind of money in goods and services from them for which we could be producing if we were able to remove the barriers that bind us in regulation and taxes? I remember reading about a man that once said, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for one day, but if you teach a man to fish, he eats forever.” The same can be said for teaching man to innovate and be able to work that innovation.

Now we prepare. We do the political and social fight by listening to those around us and aligning with those that will strengthen us on both fronts. Listening is one of the key areas. My father told me, “We have two ears and one mouth, so we can listen twice as much as we speak.” Pay attention to what is said and where you stand on all issues. We all fear that our vote and input will be a waste of time, but it is our right! So what do we do? We prepare for the worst, both mentally and physically.

Put up for a long storm. It will never go to waste, if rotated properly. Also, do not brag about your plans, they’re yours. Remember, “Loose lips sink ships”. When the time comes you will share with those in need. It’s just the nature of being a good person. Do not rely on anyone else, even your spouse. You need to be the person responsible. The people around you have had the same amount of time and seen the same forthcoming as you.