Many of you know about Atlas Shrugged, the novel by Ayn Rand that portrayed an epic battle of individual liberty, productivity and empowerment through capitalism against the parasitism and hypocrisy of socialism. It must be noted first that, despite the more libertarian connotation of Atlas Shrugged, this blog espouses no particular strain of Republican ideology other than the fundamental precepts of our party.
So how and why does Atlas shrug in Brooklyn?
It’s not about the battle between capitalism and socialism within Brooklyn, per se. It’s about the political party–and the only major party–whose values aggressively inoculate individual liberty, good government and capitalism against the plague of statism and socialism that is spreading at all levels of American government.
It’s about this historic party of decent, righteous principles that has, regrettably, become so infected with fractured agendas and incompetent, self-serving individuals, it only pays mere lip service to these values. It shamefully conducts itself more like an oligarchic state socialist enterprise a la Stalin rather than an organization of honest, hardworking entrepreneurs of the sort that has made our country the proverbial shining city upon a hill. That is precisely why it has failed.
But above all, it’s about fixing this party–Brooklyn’s Republican Party–so that the people of Brooklyn can begin to shrug off the burdens from an ever-imploding, uncompetitive Republican Party and the dysfunctional, corrupt government of New York that is born out of partisan monopoly.
Reform in Brooklyn’s Republican Party, from the bottom up, from within and from without, is the only way to accomplish this.
Here we seek to facilitate the following in order to empower Brooklyn’s Republicans and all of its concerned, hardworking citizens to initiate reform and secure true ownership in the governance of our Republic:
- Promoting transparency in the Brooklyn Republican Party, because “sunshine is the best disinfectant”
- Educating Brooklynites on activism within the Republican Party to ensure accountability for actions of elected party leaders that boldly defy the fundamental planks of our party platform
- Giving all Brooklyn Republicans a voice and an opportunity to speak out on what matters to us, and finally
- Fixing and reforming the party until it becomes a healthy, functional and rational organization that successfully competes in elections to support good better government
You may ask why our bloggers use pseudonyms rather than their real names. It’s not because of fear of reprisal, for those who may be most offended or threatened by what’s discussed have no power nor control over those who say them. Instead, the politics of personality have brought down far too many movements for all the wrong reasons. Ad hominem attacks too often distract the discourse, leading individuals to focus on the emotion of how one feels about another rather than concentrating on the reasoning and accuracy of the arguments being made. And certainly within Brooklyn Republican Party politics, it is far too often relied upon to discredit the best intentions of fellow Republicans. Therefore, the credibility and motives of the content on this blog must be assessed on their own merits and on no other tangential criteria.
That’s why we’re also encouraging people to comment and to join as authors unmoderated, so long as they refrain from using their real names. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on that.
In Brooklyn, a Republican renaissance in the defense of liberty, good government, and our American way of life will start on this blog. If we are successful in our goals, an honest, efficient and principled Republican Party along with sympathetic allies, who may very well be Democrats or of other political persuasions, will win the day. Failure to reform and defend our Republic is simply not an option.
So now, let the good fight begin.