ELDER PATRIOT – Paul Ryan stands as the point man for those Republican elites who continue on in their opposition to Donald Trump. Their charge against Trump is that he’s not conservative enough to carry the mantle of Republican Presidential Nominee. He insists Trump will have to come towards him to gain his support.
If Trump’s alleged lack of conservative bona fides is truly the reason for his refusal to endorse Trump, Speaker Ryan needs to get his own house in order before he can lay claim to the moral authority to argue on those grounds.
Ryan’s own voting record is abysmal. Over almost 18 years in Congress, Ryan has earned a grade of “F” from the Conservative Review having only supported the conservative position only 56% of the time with his votes. Over nine terms he’s rated among the bottom 50% of all Republican House members.
Even if we dismiss those votes as having been in the past and focus our attention on where he wants to lead the country now, on the key issues of this election Ryan decidedly disregards the will of the people.
Immigration: Donald Trump has made clear his intention to put an end to illegal immigration citing the costs to our economy and public safety. Congressman Ryan has been among the leaders funding the needs of those who have broken our laws to get here thereby encouraging others to follow them. Ryan calls the “Dreamers.” He has no label for the millions of Americans whose dreams have been crushed by the presence of illegal immigrants.
National Security: Trump has called for a temporary ban on refugees coming from the Middle East until we can be certain the security interests of Americans are protected. Ryan calls this un-American even after having defended the creation of the surveillance state that now blankets every American, repeating the intellectually bankrupt reason that, “the Constitution isn’t a suicide pact.”
The Economy: Trump has insisted he will balance the lop-sided trade deals to keep American jobs and money home. Ryan steadfastly defends existing trade deals that have fueled an outward flow of one trillion dollars annually and millions of jobs to foreign countries.
National Debt: Trump has made balancing the budget and reducing our debt a priority. While claiming to be “Budget Hawk” and even with Republican majorities in both houses, Ryan has presided over the most profligate spending spree in our country’s history during his six months as Speaker.
What is not conservative about Donald Trump’s positions on these issues? Where is Mr. Ryan’s conservatism on the most serious issues now confronting us. If Paul Ryan represents modern American Conservatism it’s no wonder party leadership is reviled by large segments of its own rank and file.
It’s not as though Paul Ryan doesn’t know what true Conservatism is. In 2010 Republicans swept to historic victories in the House based on promises they made to the American people. Paul Ryan was a stalwart supporter of “A Pledge To America,” a 48-page document in which the Republicans acknowledged their commitment to governing by the will of the people:
“In a self-governing society, the only bulwark against the power of the state is the consent of the governed, and regarding the policies of the current government, the governed do not consent.
An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many.
Rising joblessness, crushing debt, and a polarizing political environment are fraying the bonds among our people and blurring our sense of national purpose.
Like free peoples of the past, our citizens refuse to accommodate a government that believes it can replace the will of the people with its own.”
Mr. Ryan has succumbed to the dreaded “inside-the-beltway” disease that destroys the souls of entrenched politicians and leaves them voting for their personal self-enrichment and without regard to the people they represent.
Left with no defense for their actions they resort to hijacking labels to describe themselves and to tarnish their opponents. In Speaker Ryan’s case, he has so denigrated the term conservative that yesterday Donald Trump decided to replace it with Republican, as in “We’re the Republican Party not the Conservative Party.”