Skip to comments.Why Ryan Terrifies The Left
Posted on 08/16/2012 5:53:15 PM PDT by Dysart
Paul Ryan terrifies the American Left.
Which precisely explains the tones of hysteria coming from the Obama White House.
The real question is why the Chicago Thugs have suffered such a public meltdown over Mitt Romney's choice of the young Wisconsin Congressman to be his vice-presidential running mate.
And there is an answer. Three specific answers, actually.
Ronald Reagan: President Reagan today is an American hero. Poll after poll has Americans placing him in the pantheon of great American presidents, and occasionally at the top of the list.
The admiration for Reagan has become such a part of American historical bedrock that even President Obama and likeminded professional leftists have essentially given up the ghost. When they mention Reagan at all, it is generally to play a sly game of casting Reagan as a moderate, pretending to salute him while taking a shot at some Republican for not being more like Reagan. Obama played this game four times in one speech back in April, effusively praising Reagan while casting Mitt Romney as some sort of wild-eyed extremist.
No one is fooled.
Ronald Reagan was and remains the Left's worst nightmare.
Because it was Ronald Reagan who both understood conservative philosophy and was repeatedly turning it into effective policy. It was Reagan who began the massive historical deconstruction of a century's worth of the Left's ideas on everything from economics to national security -- repeatedly proving them as unworkable as they were dangerous. Not to mention that he trounced Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, and, through his vice president in 1988, Michael Dukakis. Three consecutive political landslides in which Reagan so changed America that by 1992 Bill Clinton ran as a "New Democrat" -- essentially portraying himself as Reagan-lite.
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I think we do see a swelling tide of panic this week in wild accusations and desperate fear-mongering. These are not tactics of a confident political campaign, and I include their propaganda branch in the media. The phony tax "controversy" has mostly fizzled and Mediscare has fallen and can't get up; they know Ryan will school Plugs and clarify the dismal fiscal implications of Obamacare in the debates, but they wanted to plant enough lies in the minds of the fearful, especially in advance of Ryan's swing through Florida.
I expect the next play will be dangling some sort of immigration red meat, with a strong Rubio answer on behalf of R-R to cut that off at the knees. I hear often Hispanics not of Cuban heritage don't like Rubio, or are even hostile, but he's likable and persuasive, generally, and I think a positive message will get through and beyond the scare tactics he'll surely take on. Not sure what they have left, but would take nothing off the table.
Audacious, immoral, and lawless political gangsters bent on one party totalitarian rule won't go down without a nasty fight. We'll see where they draw the line.
The juxtaposition of All-American Ryan's values of moral capitalism and Reagan legacy with this lot exposes them as the Un-American aliens they are. Fundamental transformations, indeed.
If Ryan was at the top of the ticket, we would be kicking Obama’s behind. If we want to win, flip the ticket.
OUR RIGHTS ARE NATURAL RIGHTS FROM GOD AND THE WAY HE FASHIONED THE WORLD.
Well, from what I see from Rassmussen Reports, the GOP ought to be in panic-mode too. The candidates are more or less neck and neck in this race, Romney only very slightly leading.
The nightmare of another four years of Obama can't be dismissed just yet - jmho.
I understand- that also leaped to my mind right quick after he was announced.
I'd like play QB for the Dallas Cowboys, but we have to deal with things as they are...
So-called "progressives" understand the "divided" part of Madison's cautionary words, but the rest of us seem to ignore the rest of Madison's statement.
Might it have something to do with our not having been "well-instructed" in the ideas of freedom?
Edmund Burke, in his 1775 "Speech on Conciliation," observed the following "spirit" in the founding generations:
"Permit me, Sir, to add another circumstance in our colonies, which contributes no mean part towards the growth and effect of this untractable spirit. I mean their education. In no country perhaps in the world is the law so general a study. The profession itself is numerous and powerful; and in most provinces it takes the lead. The greater number of the deputies sent to the congress were lawyers. But all who read, and most do read, endeavour to obtain some smattering in that science. I have been told by an eminent bookseller, that in no branch of his business, after tracts of popular devotion, were so many books as those on the law exported to the plantations. The colonists have now fallen into the way of printing them for their own use. I hear that they have sold nearly as many of Blackstone's Commentaries in America as in England. General Gage marks out this disposition very particularly in a letter on your table. He states, that all the people in his government are lawyers, or smatterers in law; and that in Boston they have been enabled, by successful chicane, wholly to evade many parts of one of your capital penal constitutions. The smartness of debate will say, that this knowledge ought to teach them more clearly the rights of legislature, their obligations to obedience, and the penalties of rebellion. All this is mighty well. But my honourable and learned friend on the floor, who condescends to mark what I say for animadversion, will disdain that ground. He has heard, as well as I, that when great honours and great emoluments do not win over this knowledge to the service of the state, it is a formidable adversary to government. If the spirit be not tamed and broken by these happy methods, it is stubborn and litigious. Abeunt studia in mores. This study renders men acute, inquisitive, dexterous, prompt in attack, ready in defence, full of resources. In other countries, the people, more simple, and of a less mercurial cast, judge of an ill principle in government only by an actual grievance; here they anticipate the evil, and judge of the pressure of the grievance by the badness of the principle. They augur misgovernment at a distance; and snuff the approach of tyranny in every tainted breeze." (Underlining added for emphasis)
Burke also declared to the Parliament that what he called the colonists' "fierce spirit of liberty" also must be attributed to their "religion," "under a variety of denominations agreeing in nothing but in the communion of the spirit of liberty."
In that great 1775 Speech to the British Parliament about the American colonies, Burke also observed and carefully documented the great and astounding economic progress which had already occurred in America, where the colonists went about their productive enterprises despite the burdens of King George. Burke pointed out that the Old World was feeding from the breast of the New--and that was before the 1776 Declaration and 1787 Constitution which further enhanced the "spirit of liberty" in that new and sovereign nation.
I agree. I wish Ryan were at the top of the ticket, but like it or not Romney has earned his spot at the top. I respect him for picking Ryan. I want them to win. Four more years of Obama scuttling America is not okay with me. Let reality sink in:Romney is the nominee. Anyone who is still in the “I Won’t Vote for Romney Club” had better rename their club the “I’m Helping Obama Get Re-elected Club.”
Nope. Perfect as is. The purpose of a VP is insurance. Think Obama is an incompetent fool? Kill him and get Biden. Think GW is too far right? Kill him and get Dick Cheney, the list goes on. Keep your scariest card in the hole.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.... :)
Repeat of 2008 only worse.
It won’t happen, Linda, but I certainly understand the sentiment. Most of us felt the same way in ‘08, didn’t we... :)
To be clear, in order to dismiss it I'd have to exclude that ugly scenario. I have not. It's dicey.
I hear that remark bandied about all the time. If only we had so-and-so as a candidate, why we'd really be crushing Obama right now.
Insert any candidate you want at the top of the GOP ticket and I daresay that none of them would be doing any better in the polls than Romney is doing right now. In fact, the more right-wing the candidate is, the worse we would be doing. It pains me to say that because I am a a hardline conservative.
But it's true. If Newt Gingrich or Sarah Palin was on top of the ticket, we'd probably be ten points behind right now instead of dead even or a point or two either way. That's not to say that Palin or Gingrich wouldn't win in November, but they certainly wouldn't be flying high right now. That's because Obama would still be mired in the 44-46% range. The only difference is that Palin or Gingrich would be sitting in the mid-30s and the undecideds would be 20% plus.
Gingrich and Palin would still need to win the votes of the undecideds, just as Reagan had to do in 1980. For those who remember 1980, it wasn't until the final weeks of the election cycle that Reagan started to surge. This was because the American people who consider themselves independents got a good look at Reagan in his convention speech and his debate with Carter and decided that even though they might not agree with all of Reagan's policies, that he was the man for the job.
With Romney, much of this squishy middle has already decided that Romney would be an acceptable alternative to Obama which is why he is running close to dead-even or likely even a few points ahead at this juncture. That's why we only have about 10% undecided at this time because many independents have already settled on Romney as a viable alternative to Obama.
Conservatives usually win elections but they have to work harder at it. Still, Romney is going to have to give the speech of his life at the upcoming convention and perform well in the debates. I think by Labor Day, Romney/Ryan will be close to a ten point lead.
Once the current batter is done, the VP is the next up to the plate. One of the big knocks on Bush was by choosing Cheney he left the GOP win no on deck batter. Cheney age and health, plus his lack of interest in the job, meant we had no on deck leader once Bush was done.
Ryan is Romney's IOU to the conservative movement.
The irony is that this ticket is a reverse of Reagan / Bush I.
This is assuming a lot: If we can get through 2 terms of Romney (with Ryan and the Tea Party keeping Mitt from straying off the reservation), then 2 terms of Ryan could be a fantastic bookend to the 1980’s Reagan revolution.
Now THAT is a great way to put it. Thanks. :)
when you’re going to rig an election... public expectations must be for a close race, especially if you’re rigging for an extremely bad candidate
In fact, I question if 4 years of an opposed Obama would be worse than 8 years of an unopposed Romney. Looks about the same to me and since neither is acceptable to me, and since the GOP has shown that they do NOT want to be a party of conservatives, I and along with a few million others will be voting for someone else at the top of the ticket.
Regan rallied the base and had a motivated donation and an army of volunteers. Romney ... not so much. The motivation is anti-Obama not pro-Romney. Regan showed us that when we have a conservative at the TOP of the ticket, we win.
They have in Romney a Man that has not one personal Blemish. His wife, kids and himself have a stellar record of being decent people. He has no scandals of a personal nature. His PERSONAL morality is only over shadowed by his VP’s Personal morality. What Romney lacks in public sector integrity; IE Not So Conservative, his pick of Ryan shows he is going boldly conservative.
Obama hasn't polled above 50% in months and months and the economy is worsening.
Since May Romney has been outspent by Obama 3 to one with Obama spending more than $300. mil VS less than Romney on adds.
Meanwhile, MANY, MANY States that Obama carried in 08 are lost to him now. If the election where held today Romeny would win. By Nov he may win in a landslide.
ALSO::::: ALL the NEW Voter ID laws have been upheld. PA’ was JUST upheld and that brings the margin of Fraud to a much lower level.