We all know about that American Dream stuff. Horatio Alger can be you. The trouble is it doesn't work for the vast majority of us. And when it does for that lucky few (and don't fool yourself, luck has a lot to do with it), the other side of the coin, the Common Good, seems to get flipped aside.
Remember Mitt Romney's frank assessment of the mooching class? By which he meant those of us who labor and struggle to survive. And Paul Ryan's adoration of Ayn Rand's Objectivism? That selfish worldview that runs counter to charity, brotherhood, and every shred of humanity. No, these multimillionaire types only see society as a means to enrich themselves. They are the oligarchs of Mammon.
So what are their political principles? They all boil down to this: anything and everything that fosters an elitist ruling class based on wealth.
Now don't get me wrong. Wealth is not evil. It can do and has done a lot of good. But it always must come with a social conscience. Those to whom more has been given should expect to give more in return to their fellow citizens. For no one becomes wealthy in a vacuum. Wealth is created in a social context. No business is ever built without employees, without customers, without public workers. Without the nurturing environment of society as a whole.
This is why the adherents of Ayn Rand, like Paul Ryan, are not only morally wrong but unpatriotic.
This is why tax shelters in the Cayman Islands, manipulation of the tax code by accountants, union busting, opposition to an increase in the minimum wage, and shipping jobs overseas, are not only morally wrong, but unpatriotic.
And, in my opinion, this is why a vote for Bruce Rauner would be the same.