August 11, 2012 · By Bob Ellis · 21 Comments
It’s all over the airwaves and internet now that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to be his vice presidential running mate.
I think Ryan is a good choice, a solid choice…but not the best choice Romney could have made.
To be completely honest, other than Allen West, I don’t think there is anyone Romney could have picked that would have really excited me. That is true for two reasons.
The first is that Romney remains a truly pathetic choice for a GOP presidential nominee. He remains nothing more than a liberal-with-an-”R”-after-his-name. Lest you think I’m being too hard on him as a Tea Party patriot, I am far from the only conservative who isn’t kidding himself about a man who, aptly put, only “speaks conservative as a second language.” Conservatism is the base, the heart and the soul of the Republican Party. Nevertheless, after the cowardly betrayal of freedom and the Constitution by Chief Justice John Roberts, Mitt Romney is all that stands between America and the certain demise of America.
The second reason is that, while Ryan is one of the best people in Washington right now, he will bring little to the table to energize the conservative base of the GOP. Yes, he is fiscally conservative. Yes, he understands the difference between the limited government, free market model that made America great…and the Marxist class envy model that President Obama is foisting on our nation–the one that has destroyed freedom and prosperity everywhere it has ever been tried. Paul Ryan understands that our repetitive betrayal of the U.S. Constitution which began with FDR is destroying our nation–fiscally and morally–and that we must reverse course and fix the damage.
But Ryan is not known as a social conservative–which is the second (many would say “first”) major wing of the Republican Party. To be honest, I do not know his record on social issues that well, but social conservatives expect a leader who will speak out boldly on social issues as well as fiscal ones…and I can’t remember hearing Ryan do that very much, if at all. My hope is that as we learn more about his record overall, he will turn out to be a strong social conservative as well, but in the absence of a strong voice for social values, Ryan will do little to truly energize Republicans who understand that America’s fiscal crisis is at its foundation a moral crisis.
Besides, with Mitt Romney starting to act more and more like a 2008 John McCain (i.e. a man we aren’t sure really wants to win), and continuing to display liberal values, and having already surrounded himself with several people who are NOT conservatives, Romney would have to go to great lengths to reassure social conservatives that he takes these issues serious. As good as Paul Ryan is, he does not reassure us of Romney’s commitment to the moral foundation of our nation.
At the end of the day, we have what we have. The RINO GOP establishment, in concert with the “mainstream” media’s propaganda efforts, has once again forced mediocrity on us for the Republican choice. And while Romney’s running-mate choice is definitely better than mediocrity, it could have been a lot better, given the reassurances Romney desperately needed to make (but obviously took a pass on making).
We don’t have a lot to work with on the plus side.
But the alternative is worse–far, far worse. In four years, Barack Obama has increased our national debt by more than half again, has nationalized huge swaths of the free market, turned back welfare reform and exploded dependence, emasculated American strength and dignity before the world, and made a complete mockery of freedom and the United States Constitution.
We obviously have a LOT to work with on the negative side (though selling with negatives is never the best method). Let us hope we can successfully bypass the Obama Administration’s Ministry of Public Enlightenment (aka the “mainstream” media) and ensure the American people know precisely the devil’s-deal they would have in another four years of Barack Obama.
Let us hope that is enough to buy a little more time for this, the last best hope of earth.
Paul Ryan Announcement in Norfolk
Paul Ryan Speech
Paul Ryan Montage
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