Mitt Romney has picked Paul Ryan and Huffington Post instantly labels it ‘radical’. All intended purpose of the word radical has been lost. We wish this could be the case, as H.L. Mencken reminds us:
“The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who loves his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”
The problem is that Paul Ryan’s record includes many of the things that have enraged me about President Obama. To make it worse, they absolutely contradict any notion that he is a fiscal conservative.
He voted for the Iraq war. He voted for an emergency $78 Billion for war in Iraq and Afghanistan. He sided with President Bush 94% of the time. He voted “yea” on the majority of Obama’s stimulus bills and voted “yea” on making the Patriot Act permanent. He voted for No Child Left Behind. He voted for TARP and said to congress:
“If we fail to pass this, I fear the worst is yet to come.”
He voted for NDAA. Ryan voted for Bush’s Medicare Part D $15.6 trillion dollar expansion. Plus much more, of course.
Then if you want to dig deeper, he has worked for the Director of the National Drug Control Policy, William Bennet.
It is hard looking at the above and concluding that the Romney and Ryan ticket are the lesser of evils. Have they really come close to earning our vote?
Much was made about capturing the Ron Paul crowd and certainly a Rand Paul nomination would have helped on that end but this was not even in the cards. A Rand Paul nomination would have certainly been radical according the the mainstream but a pro-war conservative who supported the bailouts is the standard these days in order to get respect in Washington D.C.
Ryan seems like a great guy and quotes like this sounds wonderful:
Americans have been lured into viewing government – more than themselves, their families, their communities, their faith – as their main source of support; they have been drawn toward depending on the public sector for growing shares of their material and personal well-being. The trend drains individual initiative and personal responsibility. It creates an aversion to risk, sapping the entrepreneurial spirit necessary for growth, innovation, and prosperity. In turn, it subtly and gradually suffocates the creative potential for prosperity.
There is a wave of cheerleaders who are pleading that “we must rally” behind the Republican ticket. Quotes like this make me want to say “YES” Paul Ryan “SAVE US” from the people you work with:
“I grew up on Ayn Rand,” Ryan told the Atlas Society, a group of Rand devotees, in a2005 speech. “That’s what I tell people … you know, everybody does their soul-searching, and trying to find out who they are and what they believe, and you learn about yourself … I grew up reading Ayn Rand, and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are.”
“The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand. And the fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism versus collectivism.”
Seriously, if the Romney/Ryan ticket win by less than a percent, it’s because of the Rand quotes. If they lose by less than one percent it could be because of the Rand quotes.