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.
His name was Les Aspin.
(We forget that our average "conservative" has been taught by 95% of Dems or Independents @ your average college campus...and 70-80% of Dems at our local high schools...)
and as Beck would say, blood shooting from their eyeballs.
Thank you for your comments.
Yeah, the genius who denied armor to our guys in Somalia
Should the GOP lose, Wisconsin could still have him as one of their Reps.
I heard on Fox that Ryan voted FOR TARP and auto industry bail outs.............
Since Christians are known for their love- I have to ask:
Are you a Christian?
The ratings for the Ryan and Plugs debate will be right up there with any Super Bowl and the final MASH. All because it’ll be soooo fun to watch Ryan hand Plugs his butt on a plate!!
I’ve always believed that depending on who his opponent was, there’s a good chance that BO would refuse to participate in a debate.. And now, the likelihood of seeing the best boxing match in history(Plugs and Paul) could be a pipe dream as well.
Why? because this administration is cowardly, dirty and they don’t think that rules apply to them.
I hope I’m wrong.
Hey Hunny Bunny, who’d you exterminate for me today ?
Did I ever mention that I love Free Republic ?
yup. many, many did. fear ? uncertainty ? don’t know.
I remember listening to one CEO of an airline while that was going on. He was like, “what the hell, nobody bailed us out.”
His point, not understood by many, was that bankruptcy and reorganization are not necessarily bad things.
Ah well, water under the bridge now. I’m sure they’ve all learned a valuable lesson and it will never be repeated.
In 1986, Obama, then a community organizer in Chicago, attended training offered by the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) --- Alinsky's group --- with funds provided by the Archdiocese of Chicago. The story is in Schlafly's new book, "No Higher Power" (Link).
So he has a longstanding "special relationship" of a perverse sort, with Catholics: that is, for the purpose of splitting and wrecking the one institution he knows he has to take down.
He'll set up Darth Sebelius as the de-facto administrator of all formerly-Catholic hospitals and charities in the United States. As for the resisters, some will end up financially ruined, some in prison, some framed and disgraced, some dead.
Care to join us?
1. Recent Tea Party success and pressure forced Romney to select Paul Ryan, the champion of fiscal sanity!
2. Obama thought he got away with bich-slapping Ryan around at that retreat and again at a public meeting on Obamacare, where he rudely berated Paul and his ideas.
Mrs. Don-o Plugs Biden , Stretch Pelosi, and Horseface Kerry, are not Catholics. At best they might be cafeteria catholics, or Catholics in name only.
I think you’re right. Obama and Biden will refuse to debate.
Also, the media will cover for them and make it all Romney’s fault
My libtard friends and acquaintances on Facebook are awfully quiet today. I expect a deluge of posts Tuesday morning after Jon Stewart tells them how they should ‘feel’ about Paul Ryan.
I disagree with you most of the time, but that is a pretty fair point.
Romney's Mormonism doesn't matter and isn't worth talking about, but suddenly Ryan's Catholicism not only matters but is being heralded as a great asset.
It's just politics is all. The truth is that partisan political folks (which is most of us on political forums like this) will generally vote for whomever represents our policy positions best no matter what. We have our team and half the battle is defeating the other team. We will make excuses for our guy/girl even if all we have to care about is just defeating the opposition. Human nature and politics aren't going to change.
I don't personally care that Romney is a Mormon, and I don't care that Ryan is a Catholic. Romney/anyone represents my views better than Obama/Biden. Romney/anyone is the only ticket that has a chance of removing Obama/Biden from office. That is reason enough to vote for Romney/anyone. I think Ryan is a good choice because it may focus the election more on debt and spending. That is a debate the country needs. If I found out Ryan was a nutter who really believed in the great cockroach God I'd still vote for him so long as he lobbied and/or voted for my policy positions (and kept his cockroach worship secret so as not to become a liability). Silly examples, but you get the point (even if you don't agree).