Paul Ryan: The Ideologue
By Ron Steinman
NEWS JUNKIE POSTAug 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm
Congressman Paul Ryan says he has “the mandate and the moral authority to get the country back on the right track.” Who gave him the mandate? Where did he get the moral authority? Neither come from me.
Settle in as you read this tour of the real Paul Ryan, a very dangerous man who wants to change how we count our money and spend it, and more importantly, wants to change what we are as a society. His budget plan for America may very well be the way he masks his plan to change our morality.
Paul Ryan is an ideologue of the first stripe, uncompromising and dogmatic in his beliefs. There has been much rhetoric from pundits left, center and right about Paul Ryan, the epitome of the fiscal wonk, a man some call an intellectual because at one time he read Ayn Rand, Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and Milton Friedman, his technical, intellectual and spiritual advisers. Even if the Romney-Ryan ticket wins in November there is no chance that Mr. Ryan’s budget, built to cut the legs and heart from all social programs going back to those put into play by President Franklin D Roosevelt, will prevail. Though he would like us to believe he has a detailed plan to save the American economy, Mr. Romney is vague about the details of his plan. In interviews, Mr. Romney seems on the defensive when he says it is the Romney-Ryan ticket — that it is his budget plan. Time will tell. However, this is about Congressman Ryan, not Mr. Romney.
I care about social issues, the very things that Mr. Ryan does not want us to think about because his take on how Americans should live and act are extreme, meaning they are ultra-conservative. His ideas and votes in Congress suggest a return to the dark ages for everyone on our political spectrum. Mitch Daniels, currently governor of Indiana, an eminent guru for conservatives, says we should disregard social issues in the campaign and concentrate on the economy. That is not a good idea. There is no way we can separate one from the other. Social issues always spring from the economy. How people feel about the lives they live, lead, and hope for each other and their children are usually a reflection of how they are doing in the economy.
The mainstream press talks about these issues but only in passing. It is as if Paul Ryan’s social beliefs are not what really drives him. Here is some of what you should know about the real Paul Ryan, the man behind the curtain. He of the choirboy face, the man behind the mountain of stat sheets that hides what he believes about almost everything.
Paul Ryan is not only against abortion, understandable because he is devout Catholic, but he supports a bill that says on conception the fetus must have full legal status as if the fetus were fully formed akin to a thinking, feeling person. Called by some, “the person-hood” bill, it is bizarre to say the least. It is an idea the Tea Party loves.
He regularly votes to cut off money for Planned Parenthood. Behind this is Mr. Ryan’s desire to end a woman”s right to choose. This is more serious than one might think. The conservatives in our midst would take away every right a woman has — her right to guide and control her own destiny. I wonder why those on the right want to strip a woman of her dignity and the rights that accompany who she is? What do they fear? He would also ban abortion even in cases of rape or incest. He wants to end the Title X family program. He wants to criminalize doctors who perform partial birth abortion.
Paul Ryan is against same-sex marriage, as if that is a threat to people’s lives.
He is a passionate hunter, and, as such, he supports the rights of people to own guns. He says, “I do not think that more gun control laws are going to solve our crime problems.” Maybe not, but it is worth the try.
Along wit Mitt Romney, he is against funding NPR, PBS and the arts in general. Heck, the arts just use money and do not really create jobs. They get in the way of the”important” things in life, such as sausage making, so why give artists any help in producing what may enlighten and entertain us, especially in these dark days of a flagging economy.
Of course, Mr. Ryan is against President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Plan, known to some as Obamacare. We do not have to say more about this increasingly partisan and divisive issue, except that given a chance it will likely succeed.
As we watch Mitt Romney pander to the far right we must ask whose tail is wagging the dog and for how long. Mr. Romney says he has an economic plan that rivals Mr. Ryan. He presents it now and then, vague piece by vague piece. Nether his plan nor Paul Ryan’s has a place in the real world, How long will it take before Paul Ryan is the major factor in the campaign as we watch Mitt Romney trailing after him in an effort to keep up, to keep ahead, especially among the the self-styled unmovable ideologues on the far right in his own party?
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