Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Paul Ryan Re-Writes Current Events

By Jeff Simpson

Paul Ryan wrote a book, surprisingly not called Unintimidated The Sequel, where he also rewrites current events.  

Q.Does immigration reform have to pass before Republicans can improve their standing with Latino voters?
A. I think it is in some ways a gateway issue, and I think Latino voters need to know Republicans have solutions. I wouldn't say it has to pass, but I think we have to be seen as part of the solution.

Umm Paul, are you ignoring reality or ignorant of it

Of course, the reality on the ground is republican policy and ideology can be deadly.  

At least some people see through Pink Slip Paulie's charade

But such bald revisionism (or honest confusion, take your pick) is just a warmup for Ryan’s broader, fevered critique. Ryan asserts that Obama’s policies “represent an ideological mission to reorder the human condition through state action,” part of a liberal scheme in which “government defines success, strictly prescribes roles and outcomes, [and] tries to replace our civic institutions.” The telling thing is that such rants, repeated like a tic throughout the book, never get specific. How could they, when Ryan would then have to explain how a modestly higher minimum wage or voluntarily adopted state math standards amount to some evil communist plot?

As I read I couldn’t help wondering: Does anyone outside the echo chamber of the right believe this nonsense? Someone, please, pry the drooled-upon pages of Ayn Rand from author Ryan’s sleeping grasp.

1 comment:

  1. “government ... tries to replace our civic institutions.”

    Hold it right there! The government (well, governments, actually, given the multiple levels) *is* our civic institution. Well, one of 'em, any way. A vital one -- weaken government and just see how those other civic institutions wither and fail. That's the part that Paul Ryan, worshipper of wealth, never mentions. Civitas represents everything he stands against and wants to destroy, by hook or by crook (or, in the present case, by book). Don't be fooled!