Councilwoman Michele Fiore Hosts Steve Scalise from Louisiana and Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael J. McDonald, PAC Leader Victoria Seaman, Peter Guzman, President of the Latin Chamber of Commerce, and Senator Scott Hammond for Cresent Hardy’s run for Congress.
Information about Steve Scalise at the 2017 Congressional Baseball Practice Shooting on June 14, 2017.
On June 14, 2017, in Alexandria, Virginia, Republican member of Congress and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot while practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, scheduled for the following day. Also shot were Crystal Griner, a U.S. Capitol Police officer assigned to protect Scalise; Zack Barth, a congressional aide; and Matt Mika, a Tyson Foods lobbyist.
A ten-minute shootout ensued between the shooter—James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, a left-wing activist and officers from the Capitol and Alexandria Police. Officers shot Hodgkinson, who died from his wounds later that day at the George Washington University Hospital.
Scalise and Mika were taken to nearby hospitals, where they underwent surgery. Scalise is the first sitting member of Congress to have been shot since Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in 2011.
The Virginia Attorney General concluded it was “fueled by rage against Republican legislators,” and “an act of terrorism.
Special thanks for Councilwoman Michele Fiore for teaching me so much about Atlas Shrugged. The Councilwoman has Ayn Rand’s novel on her shelf next to where she was speaking, which high lit Rand’s novel in the room.
Information on Atlas Shrugged
Author Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged is a 1957 novel by Ayn Rand. Rand’s fourth and final novel, it was also her longest, and the one she considered to be her magnum opus in the realm of fiction writing.
Atlas Shrugged includes elements of science fiction, mystery, and romance, and it contains Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism in any of her works of fiction.
The book depicts a dystopian United States in which private businesses suffer under increasingly burdensome laws and regulations. Railroad executive Dagny Taggart and her lover, steel magnate Hank Rearden, struggle against looters who want to exploit their productivity, including Dagny’s brother and Hank’s wife. As Dagny and Hank fight the looters’ efforts to control their business operations and confiscate their production, they realize a mysterious figure called John Galt is convincing other business leaders to abandon their companies and disappear. While investigating a strange electric motor found in a ruined factory, Dagny finds a secret, sheltered valley where Galt and the missing businessmen have been hiding. Galt is leading a “strike” of productive individuals against the looters. The strike escalates when Galt announces his views in a radio address, leading to a collapse of the government. The novel ends with the strikers planning to build a new capitalist society based on Galt’s philosophy of reason and individualism.
The theme of Atlas Shrugged, as Rand described it, is “the role of man’s mind in existence”. The book explores a number of philosophical themes from which Rand would subsequently develop Objectivism.
Information on Peter Guzman and the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce
Publisher, Thomas Chee