Speak Out Before It's Too Late
(including quotes from Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged")

Warning: if you still believe hardworking Americans born in America still own America, and you do not wish to read an opinion that runs contrary to that illusion, then stop reading this letter at this point.

To those of you who are still reading, I want to say I may not have the full and correct answer, but like you, I've been looking for it.

In 1957, Ayn Rand (pronounced "Ine"), a brilliant woman in the studies of social politics and economics, wrote a book about a possible future for America called "Atlas Shrugged." Some of you may be familiar with the movie, "The Fountainhead," starring Gary Cooper, which was Rand's first major novel.

Since I've already stated in a previous letter I am not a racist, maybe I will be safe to ask this question: Do the Germans, the Japanese, the British or some other foreigners now own America? Have we had our country taken away from us or are we giving it away?

If you are still reading this letter, then you also are interested in the answers to such questions.

I would like to define a couple of words, namely "socialism" and "fascism."

The Soviet people are trying desperately to emerge from a past history of socialism in the Soviet Union, where some people in control of their government directly own the whole country (people as well as property) to do with as they please.

I find it quite ironic that while this event is taking place, the American people are trying desperately to create a future history of fascism in America, where some people in control of our government indirectly own the whole country (people as well as property) to do with as they please.

In Rand's novel, "Atlas Shrugged," American business owners were told they were the owners of their businesses (not socialism), but the owners were taxed and regulated to the point they could no longer create good jobs or produce and sell products which satisfied customers (fascism).

A character named John Galt, like the mythical giant Atlas holding the world on his shoulders, "shrugged." He said, "Enough is enough." Galt quit sharing his business knowledge with America and went into hiding. He also talked other American capitalist owners into doing the same.

If the ideas set forth in a fictional novel such as Rand's were to materialize, who would be left to buy a country up for sale? Enter the foreigners.

The next question to ask is, who is responsible for the sell-out of America? Let's all take a sober look in the mirror. If you have ever supported a politician who called for an increase in taxes on businesses or an increase in the regulation of businesses, then you are responsible.

I realize this charge may hurt some people, but if we don't hurt a little now we are going to hurt a whole lot later on.

I would like to quote a character's line from "Atlas Shrugged":

"When you see that trading is done not by consent, but by compulsion -- when you see that in order to produce you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing -- when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors -- when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you -- when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice -- you may know that your society is doomed."

I wish to publicly thank the editor for his display of his love for the First Amendment, allowing me space in this newspaper in the last three years to express my opinions. I have been kindly allowed more than my share of space. This newspaper has been very fair in leaving the content of my opinions intact without any intentional alterations. I have appreciated this high level of professionalism.

America, with all her faults, is still the greatest nation on Earth.

I also would like to thank those who have personally encouraged me over this same period of time to "keep speaking out." It is my sincere intention this will be my last letter. No doubt, some will be pleased to hear this.

I conclude by encouraging others to speak out before it's too late. Do not depend on others to speak for you; they may not express exactly what you mean. Only you can do that.

A special thanks to all those in the county who have read my letters to the editor.

--Kenneth J. Wolf #17 (12/14/91)

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