HART: Yellowstone Echoes The Important Message Of Atlas Shrugged


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It was nice seeing the pictures of all my friends’ dads honoring their military service on Facebook on Veterans Day. My dad was a Marine.  All through his life you could tell it was the most transformative thing he ever did — a constant source of pride. The values of his generation are lost on the self-absorbed, woke generation of today.

My last uniformed service was Webelos, and I am not sure if I quit or was asked to leave. This makes me value even more the service of our veterans, who fought for freedom and self-reliance. Many made the ultimate sacrifice. They fought to stop this country from turning into exactly what it has now become.

Maybe there is an unseen longing for freedom in America. Yellowstone, the number one show on TV, has been outed as having undertones of “conservative” messaging. I guess Kevin Costner now has so much money that he can afford to be outed as right-of-center in Hollywood. 

Or maybe women are longing to go to Yellowstone National Park to see something reliable like Old Faithful. Either way, the show Yellowstone has defied Hollywood’s predictably woke agenda by appealing to Americans‘ frontier nature. 

What kids know of the frontier West is limited. The National Parks Service has allowed hunters to kill about 1,000 buffalo in order to stem overcrowding. Lefties in big cities were upset. They virtue-signaled by mounting protests demanding that hunters stop killing buffalo and serving their wings at sports bars like Hooters. 

In the latest episode of Yellowstone, character Beth Dutton, the bad-ass daughter of the family patriarch, orders a drink at a Bozeman bar.  A man imprudently chooses to hit on her, and she warns him, “This is your last chance to leave me alone with your self-esteem intact.” He makes the mistake of asking her to sum him up, and she pegs him perfectly as one of those liberal elites buying places in Montana. 

Beth Dutton: “You’re a professor somewhere fancy.” “Northwestern,” he says. She goes on, “You have two grown kids, your wife left you, and you can now bonk the coeds.  You decide to move to Bozeman because it is your favorite place to ski, and now you teach a Zoom class from your creekside cabin, lecturing about inequity and concentration of wealth and how they are decimating the middle class. All the while you draw your six-figure salary and finance your dream home with a loan from the university 275 basis points below the loans your students have to pay to listen to your BS. And you paid over asking price, ran up the housing prices here and screwed the middle-class in two states. You f&%ng hypocrite. Bye, pencil d**k.” 

Beth Dutton’s speech sounds like it could be one by Ayn Rand’s character, Dagny Taggart, from the same region and mindset in Atlas Shrugged. They are two truly strong women characters, not the victims ones writers write about today.

The left in this country views traditionalists like Beth Dutton as fascist. You must be a sufferer to be a good Democrat today. 

Dems say the political rhetoric is “extreme” and solely blame the other side. If you vote Republican, you are “deplorable” and a “MAGA extremist white supremacist.” I was told by Dems that fascism was on the ballot. When I went to vote I did not see it, so I had to write it in. 

In fact, with so many folks running for office and the blurring between parties, I am not sure who I voted for. There were so many confusing yard signs for local races that there is a good chance I voted for a realtor. 

By not being true to itself, the GOP lost the important Senate seat held by Republican Pat Toomey to a terrible candidate, Democrat John Fetterman. Like GEICO might say, beating Dr. Oz was so easy that even a caveman could do it.  

Veterans Day reminds us of the strength this country once possessed and the values that inspired the heroism of our service members. Yellowstone/Atlas Shrugged values. Today the left is all about politics and winning.

Biden got confused on Veterans Day.  He laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Voter. 


A libertarian op-ed humorist and award-winning author, Ron does commentary on radio and TV. He can be contacted at Ron@RonaldHart.com or @RonaldHart on Twitter.

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