In the not so “Breaking News” department, Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has chosen Rep. Paul Ryan to be his Vice Presidential running mate and my reaction is a resounding, “meh.” This isn’t to say that I don’t like Mr. Ryan; I think he has been a voice of fiscal responsibility in our nation’s government, taking the risky political position of acknowledging that all of the bloated “entitlement” programs are in need of some serious review and reform, if we wish for them to continue. Unfortunately though, I don’t believe that his partner truly shares that belief.
Rep. Paul Ryan is a true conservative, making proposals in the House of Representatives that actually follow the rhetoric of the party that he is a member of, while many members of the Republican Party will tout many of those party platforms, but when they plant their bottoms in those cushy seats in Washington DC, they lack the fortitude to actually follow the Republican dogma, or they ignore it all together. Mitt Romney is one of those “conservatives.”
I have written several times on this site about the lack of any real difference between Gov. Romney and President Obama, and Mitt’s VP selection certainly rounds out that Presidential ticket. Rep. Ryan actually lends some real conservative credence to the ticket, but the fact of the matter remains that should this duo win the White House for the Republicans the VP has been, is, and will be essentially a dude sitting in his office looking for something to do. Just read FDR’s first Vice President’s (John Nance) quote regarding what the office of the Vice President is like, “[It’s]… not worth a bucket of warm piss.” So, hurray for Mitt in making his choice for VP before the Republican National Convention being held from August 27-30th in Tampa Florida, but I really don’t think this decision is actually any sort of a game changer in any way, shape, or form.
Regardless of which of the two major parties succeeds in their quest for supreme control over our government I am here to tell you that we can expect more of the same. It will be business as usual in Washington DC, and We the People should expect to be continually ignored, and have policies directed towards us telling us how we should live. I mean who knows what we need more than the government right?
Maybe Rep. Paul Ryan can bring some forthrightness to a campaign season that has devolved into a sad version of Pee Wee Herman’s, “I know you are but what am I,” bit in “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” Maybe Rep. Ryan can drag the “conversation” (more like a lack of one) back to addressing the actual issues. Maybe he can get some people to think beyond pointless accusations and absurd scare tactics. And maybe pigs will fly.
Here is my one request to any and all rational minded individuals out there, regardless of your political affiliation, just stop for a moment, think, and ask, how has any of the promises, policies, programs and rhetoric espoused by either of the two political machines actually made our country better? Most (if not all) of them have simply driven our deficit higher, made it harder to start, maintain, and grow new businesses, and perpetuated the fallacy that more and bigger government is the answer. If you disagree with me that is fine, and it is your right, but I believe that neither the Democratic Party, nor the Republican Party is concerned with anything but the acquisition and maintenance of power; which leaves little room for people like you and me.
So, congratulations to Rep. Paul Ryan for being selected as President/candidate Obamney’s Vice Presidential running mate. Should you guys win I will send you a bucket for your office.
It should be noted that lemmings are running to their demise, not from it. (Tim Bean)