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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Paul Ryan conservatism

I received an email from Paul Ryan's office entitled "Why conservatism?"

I share it with readers:
I get a lot of young people asking me: 'Why should I choose the Republican party or conservatism?'
Conservatism means we want to conserve what is good—liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self determination—so that we are in control of our lives.
The way I see it is that you don't want to just live a good life. You want to lead a good life. And if you want to be able to lead your life then you want to have a country founded on core principles that allow that to happen.
Conservatism is optimistic. It's hopeful. And it's inclusive because it applies equally to everybody. 
What is "what is good" to Paul Ryan and the Washington Republicans who elected him Speaker of the House?

What are they conserving? Judging by their actions, not their words, they conserve this:
1. Budget deficits. In the first sixteen years in this century, with conservatives holding at least one house of Congress or the presidency for fourteen years of those years, conservatives have approved borrow-and-spend budgets which have added $14,000,000,000,000 to the national debt. They rid out of town on a rail the last speaker to balance the budget.
2. Perjury. While we are on the subject, they refused to hold a trial after impeaching Clinton saying sex is private. But they forced Gingrich out for having an affair.
3. Obamacare. They refused to shut down government to force the issue. It's now as permanent as Medicaid.
4. Make America Small. From Lincoln to Reagan, real conservatives supported protective tariffs. Now they embrace free trade as an absolute. The party that ended slavery in the United States now looks the other way as China makes iPhones with near-slave labor.
5. Expanding the federal government. The Department of Homeland Security's mission is redundant with the FBI and the military. This new agency fights citizens, not terrorists.
6. Funding abortions. The Hyde Amendment is a meaningless fig leaf. Those annual grants to Planed Parenthood are really payments in lieu of bills for abortions for Medicaid. Paul Ryan conservatives pay and pay and pay them.
7. Business subsidies. When was the last time a conservative moved to stop Elon Musk from pocketing another billion? When was the first time?
I am sure readers have better examples. If this is conservatism, then to hell with it and the horse-faced Paul Ryan it rode in on.

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28 comments:

  1. The GOP establishment is the American equivalent of French Surrender Monkeys. They will always find a way to acquiesce to the Democrats rather than find a hill to die on. With a majority in the House and the Senate you'd think they have enough collective spine and intestinal fortitude to stand up for what THEIR BASE sent them there to do but they simply refuse. Vote them all out. - Elric

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  2. Paul Ryan is a total squish. When danger reared its ugly head he bravely turned away and fled. Good riddance!

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  3. Paul Ryan is a total squish. When danger reared its ugly head he bravely turned away and fled. Good riddance!

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  4. There are those who talk a good game, those who play a good game, and those who talk about playing a good game. The GOB is in category 3.

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    1. Old joke: A man marries a widow who had been married for many years. On the wedding night she asks him to be gentle because she is still a vrigin. "How is that possibel after so many years of marriage?" he asks. "Simple", she replie."My husband was a Republican. Day after day he would tell me how great the sex would be but at night he never did anything".

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  5. Name one major accomplishment of the GOP in the past fifteen years.

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  6. I'm treating Ryan Republicanism like I'm treating the NFL. Until they both STAND for America, I'm not listening or watching. Politics is like a game. Ryan needs to learn how to play it like the Patriots or the Steelers or the Vikings, not like the 49ers.

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  7. This is Monty Python stuff. Run away, run away, run away! It'd be hilarious if it wasn't so sickeningly true. Are these people ever gonna wake up and smell the coffee?

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  8. Paul Ryan passed the Reid/Pelosi Cronybus II. That was the successful rebranding of GOP as "The Government's Other Party".

    If Ryan is a "conservative" - he sure has managed to avoid acting like one where it might be seen.

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  9. As they say in KS, he votes dry and drinks wet.

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  10. Charles Murray nicely collected all graphs we need to see in his reality check regarding Republican presidents. With the exception of Reagan, who the Conservatives hated before they jumped on board, there has been no difference whether the presidency was held by either a Republican or Democrat since 1960.

    There is one other small adjustment during the Clinton administration that aligns well with the Gingrich speakership, but then they got rid of Gingrich posthaste.

    Murray was hoping to salve any concerns for Republicans voting for Hillary. He created a clear evidentiary path to show the eorls (elite) screwing over the ceorls (low-born freemen).

    http://www.aei.org/publication/a-reality-check-about-republican-presidents/comment-page-1/

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    1. So why do we need AEI? Or any other"conservative" think tank? He just proved that they don't matter. That he doesn't matter.

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    2. That's teapartydoc.

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  11. At the risk of repeating myself from another post somewhere...

    "...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..."

    The Republicans need to get reacquainted with the concept of Representative Government. We do not send representatives to Washington in order for them to become our masters. Their first job. Their only job...is to serve their constituents. It is not to serve the citizens of other countries. It is not to serve donors. It is not to serve their supposed political opponents to the detriment of their constituents.

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  12. There is only one thing that Paul Ryan cares about: keeping the taxpayer funded Washington DC gravy train rolling.

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  13. Just remembered something from Bob Novak's memoir The Dark Prince. He talks about catch ride once and found himself sitting next to Reagan soon after his divorce from Jane Wyman. Reagan said his means of consoling himself was by screwing every starlet in Hollywood, and that he was close to achieving his goal.
    Any "Republican" who ever read that and is wringing their hands about the pussy tape is a hypocrite.

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  14. "A Hillary presidency won't be so bad." —Almost everyone whose livelihood depends on mildly chastising leftists for their every victory

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    1. Trump explaining why he's running for president: We don't win any more.
      A terrifying prospect to people who have turned failure into an art form and the only thing that they know.

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  15. Open borders, the relacement of mainly white native stock with third worlders, the destruction of the wage structure of US blue collar workers, massive overpopulation and related resource shortages, more pollution, more traffic and congestion, loss of farmland and forests. Would add more surveillance equipment and tactics everywhere and the conversion of the US into a police state and armed camp.

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  16. "A Hillary presidency wouldn't be so bad" said no one with functioning brain cells.

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    1. I'm with ya, Farmer. Just flashed back to that scene from the original Red Dawn where Harry Dean Stanton is clutching at fence of the drive in that's been turned into a concentration camp, screaming AVENGE ME BOYS!!! AVENGE ME!!!

      Hillary would have no qualms doing the same thing. Harry Dean's character was a Deplorable. This is it. This is for all the marbles.

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  17. more on Ryan's neocon 'conservatism' -- more taxes on everything and the continued deterioration of the US business climate. Taxes increase at 'n', spending increases at >'n'. More welfare.

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  18. Got the same email from Ryan, who is from my home state. Didn't even bother to read it. Republican party is a business whose shareholders are the elite establishment.

    I am seeing in Trump we have an alternative person to do business with.

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    1. I get mail from RNC asking for $$ and I say "I sent Trump $$. Will send the RNC money, maybe, only if you get rid of Ryan and McConnell and I never see Karl Rove's fat stupid head on tv again ever."

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