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Paul Ryan’s Convention Speech

August 30th, 2012 by Adam G.

Politics is a dirty business. Gentlemen are interested in it, but shamefully, like some secret vice. It isn’t until politics has become history that it becomes honorable.

But sometimes you see history in the making and you have to own your vice. Paul Ryan’s speech last night, even in this degenerate age of oratory, had a line that may outlive this campaign season. We are being tempted, he said, to be “a country where everything is free but us.”

I recommend the whole passage, or even the whole speech:

College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life. Everyone who feels stuck in the Obama economy is right to focus on the here and now. And I hope you understand this too, if you’re feeling left out or passed by: You have not failed, your leaders have failed you.

None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers— a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us.

Listen to the way we’re spoken to already, as if everyone is stuck in some class or station in life, victims of circumstances beyond our control, with government there to help us cope with our fate.

It’s the exact opposite of everything I learned growing up in Wisconsin, or at college in Ohio. When I was waiting tables, washing dishes, or mowing lawns for money, I never thought of myself as stuck in some station in life. I was on my own path, my own journey, an American journey where I could think for myself, decide for myself, define happiness for myself. That’s what we do in this country. That’s the American Dream. That’s freedom, and I’ll take it any day over the supervision and sanctimony of the central planners.

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August 30th, 2012 10:21:03
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Adam Greenwood
August 30, 2012

Oratory aside, the Ryan plan to reduce our deficit is exceedingly timid, except in comparison to all the other plans. And its made even more timid by the new GOP position of Medicare Today, Medicare Tomorrow, Medicare Forever.


me
August 30, 2012

Indeed.

At the price of possible accusations of heresy, I have to wonder when socialized medicine and socialized pensions became “conservative.” I see nothing in the Constitution to authorize the federal government to do either one of these things, and the 10th Amendment specifically forbids them.

But we suppose that politics has long been a discipline in which one sits daintily in a cramped living room, reaching around the rugose buttocks of an enormous, ill-tempered elephant to refill one’s cup of tea and pick up another dainty cucumber sandwich, while smiling brightly and saying “Elephant? What elephant?”

Does the US government exist to defend our shores, repair the roads, deliver the mail, and maintain public order? Or is it a vast, taxpayer-funded do-gooder machine whose driving telos is to give unlimited Free Stuff to Everybody Everywhere Forever, while employing legions of sullen “DMV ladies” at GS18 wages to administer the Bureau of Free Stuff? Except for those wet-blanket taxpayer peons who pay for it all, of course, who cares about them?


Agellius
August 30, 2012

My favorite line was, “Our rights come from nature and God, not from government!”


Bookslinger
August 30, 2012

Is it too late to have another Reagan Revolution?

I’m afraid so. Our electorate forgets. We elected Carter. Forgot his incompetence, and elected Clinton. Forgot his corruption, and elected Obama.

The problem with all these national “lessons” is that high schools and colleges keep churning out more liberals, and the news/entertainment media keep them programmed as liberals.


St. John the Divine
August 31, 2012

I reluctantly agree with Bookslinger. All men of good will are now as Sardis, to whom the Spirit said, “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die …”

It’s a rearguard action from here on out.

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