Skip to comments.5 Reasons why choosing Paul Ryan was a great decision
Posted on 08/11/2012 1:35:39 PM PDT by NYer
Minutes ago in Norfolk, Virginia, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan was introduced as Mitt Romney’s running mate. It turns out all that talk about Romney being risk averse was a bigger head fake that those bogus rumors of considering Condi Rice.
There are five reasons why Mitt Romney’s bold pick of Paul Ryan is great for America.
1. Picking a Catholic running mate means that the Vice Presidential debate will feature two people who profess the Catholic faith but who are on opposite sides of life, marriage and religious liberty. The contrast couldn’t be greater. Paul Ryan has been outspoken on life and marriage. Joe Biden has supported abortion and pushed the White House to support same-sex ‘marriage.’ As CatholicVote noted yesterday, Paul Ryan has denounced the mandate: This is much, much bigger than about contraception. This is about religious freedom, First Amendment rights, and how this progressive philosophy of fungible rights of a living breathing constitution really clashes and collides with these core rights that we built our society and country around.
2. For the first time since Roe v. Wade, the Republican party will have a pro-life Catholic on the national ticket. The Republican Party has only nominated a Catholic once on the national ticket, when Barry Goldwater tapped New York Rep. William Miller on the 1964 ticket. And thankfully, Republican primary voters have, in the past, said no to pro-abortion Republican candidates like Rudy Guiliani. Paul Ryan has been a strong and consistent pro-life vote in Congress.
3. The Church, as well as the country, can have a conversation about government spending within its means. It’s one of the most important economic challenges facing us right now. Social Security and Medicare are set to go supernova in the budget as a title wave of Baby Boomers retire. Making the decision to slow down the rate of growth in these programs (not even actual cuts) would bring our fiscal house in order. But we’ll have to get beyond the hot air and vicious attacks.
4. And now we’ll have that national conversation on subsidiarity, too. The Obama campaign has said that they modeled their health care plan after Mitt Romney. But even if that’s true, it forgets the principle of federalism — the notion that the federal government should be limited to a few functions, allowing states and local communities (and civic organizations) the opportunity to tackle the problems in ways that work best for them. A one-size-fits-all solution has to work for the military, but why should we only have one health care plan across 3,000 miles?
5. Paul Ryan comes from a Midwestern blue collar district, critical to the GOP’s 2012 effort. For many years it was held by Lee Aspin, a Democrat who became Clinton’s Defense Secretary. In fact, President Clinton bested Bob Dole in this district by about 12 points. If Republicans want to win the White House, they’ll need to win the hearts and minds of people like those who live in Wisconsin’s First District. Paul Ryan speaks their language and understands their concerns and is a natural person to make the case in industrial Catholic cities like Dubuque, Saginaw, and Toledo.
Mitt Romney went bold and picked Paul Ryan as his running mate. We’re now going to have an election based on ideas. We’ll have that much needed debate on Medicare spending. But we’re also not walking away from a debate on the HHS mandate and life and marriage, too.
Plus I can’t wait to see the debates between Ryan and plugs.
Wait a minute...I've been told HUNDREDS...even possibly THOUSANDS of times...that Mitt's Mormonism is irrelevant to the POTUS office...
Why would either (a) some conservatives "hypocritically" deem Catholicism as somehow relevant to the VP office;
Or, (b) Will we see all the "Mormonism is irrelevant" posters suddenly show up on this and the hundreds of other threads to preach their same "religion is irrelevant" message...
Or is Mormonism getting "sacred cow" protection...by those on their religiously hypocritcal bent???
I love the smell of PANIC in the morning.
Stephen Dinan The Washington Times
The article is from a Catholic site.
Let me guess , you hate Catholics too.
You'll notice they're not supporting Biden.
That's the point.
Very interesting point about Biden and Ryan both being Catholics. Not that I’m expecting the VP debate to be anything more than a blowout...
In fact I’d bet the Biden people are working feverishly today to reschedule it — for some time in December ;-)
Unintended consequences (I hope):
1. Splitting the Catholic vote
2. Fomenting schism over "what does it mean to be Catholic/Christian in the political realm?" 3. Legitimizing (backhandedly via Biden) "cafeteria Catholics".
Catholics up north need to get a grip of their lives and undersand that being pro fecal sex and killing babies is not Catholic.
Shame how so many call themselves something but ignore what they are supposed to follow.
Can’t wait by half !!
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He denigrates everyone that is not saved by Jay-sus.
Let me guess: You beat your kids as well as your your spouse, too.
I love how you started with “Hon”
Just gives me a down home feeling is all.......
(You apparently denigrate every poster not saved by the political savior, Mitt "The Rino" Romney)
If there were no Catholics in the race at all, CV would support a pro-life, pro-liberty, pro-marriage Protestant, Mormon, or Jew. And they would oppose a Protestant, Mormon, or Jew (or Catholic) who was an opponent on lifel -liberty-and-marriage issues.
So it comes down to values, not denominaton.
And you seem to foul every thread you post in. Kinda like my rabbit fouls her litter box.
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