The choice of Paul Ryan to be Romney’s VP is a shocker. Romney never commits to anything. Ryan is over committed. No one knows where Romney stands. Ryan stands with the so-called Objectivists, followers of Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum (pseudonym, Ayn Rand), glommed onto by those hoping to justify greed, selfishness, and anarchy. It’s as if the “greed is good” speech by Michael Douglas in the movie Wall Street, the ravings of a corrupt cheat, had morphed into a manifesto of all who seek to justify their own ruthless self-interest.
“Conservative” means, care for, keep, husband, preserve. The frontier farmer was husbandman of the land. Our Founding Fathers envisioned a caring cooperating country. Every village had a Commons, land that belonged to and was used by all. Driving through American towns and villages today, almost every one has a park in its center, its old Commons. In Boston it’s still called “The Commons.” The spirit of the Commons survives in laws meant to help everyone. Paul Ryan would destroy our spiritual Commons; he would:
* Privatize Social Security,
* Reduce Medicare and Medicaid, making them voucher programs
* Destroy the safety-net for the aged and poor,
* Slash money for education, roads, research, green energy, pollution, environmental protection, national parks, etc.
* Cut taxes for the rich; shift the burden to the middle class
* Destroy regulations that protect us from the abuses that wrecked the American economy and brought on the Bush Depression.
Paul Ryan is a numbers guy, and so is Mitt Romney whose success in the world of capital management came from astute use of the technical analysis tools he learned at Harvard. But Romney realizes technical analysis won’t work in the irrational, hair-trigger emotional world of politics. And he knows in his heart he’d be terrible in that world, a worse president than that other businessman, Herbert Hoover, who just watched the country slip down the drain after the Great Depression. Today, with a global economy and atom bombs, such a president would endanger civilization.
Romney is running so bad a campaign, you have to wonder if part of him wants to lose. But it’s not all in his hands. Billions are being spent by superpacs to produce cajoling, pandering ads with scurrilous attacks against Obama. So Mitt picked a running mate in the mold of Sarah Palin (John McCain loves Ryan.)
If Mitt is running against himself. Paul Ryan as VP is a brilliant choice. .