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Ryan’s Reaganesque Remarks Echo Nation’s Founding Principles

Last year, from a seat on bloggers’ row in the (metaphorical) rafters the Excel Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, I watched the Republican vice presidential nominee deliver a speech that wowed us all.  “If this were baseball,” I wrote from those rafters, “the ball would be up here.  Or further.  She’s hitting this out of the park.”

You could feel the energy in the hall.  You could feel it as people left the auditorium, seemingly floating, not walking, back to our cars and busses.

“Leaving the hall” last night, reports the Washington Examiner’s Byron York, Republicans seem to have had similar feelings, offering “reviews of [this year vice presidential nominee Paul] Ryan’s speech that ranged from ‘fantastic’ to ‘awe-inspiring.’  If any were underwhelmed, they didn’t show it.”  Even non-Repubilcans liked it.   One 2008 Obama voter blogged that “Ryan did a brilliant job. It was much more than a fine speech and an excellent delivery. He embodied that speech. We saw a brilliant candidate.

Jim Geraghty called the speech “Reaganesque“.  Ryan skeptic Paul Mirengoff dubbed it “optimal“, his blogging colleague John Hinderaker called it “fantastic.”  The fetching Wisconsin Republican criticized, as Jennifer Rubin observed, “‘more in sadness than in anger’ with great expression of empathy for fellow citizens.

Glenn Reynolds listed his favorite lines, including the one about “fading Obama poster”.  Maybe everyone is buzzing about that one, but two other passages which struck me, the first, Ryan ribbing his running mate for his choice in music.  Can you imagine Joe Biden making fun of Barack Obama’s tastes in music (or anything else for that matter)?*

Perhaps, I should cite his conclusion where he harkened back to our nation’s “founding principles”, but it was this passage where he articulated one of those principles that really resonated with me:

In a clean break from the Obama years, and frankly from the years before this president, we will keep federal spending at 20 percent of GDP, or less. That is enough. The choice is whether to put hard limits on economic growth, or hard limits on the size of government, and we choose to limit government.

In the Declaration of Independence, Mr. Jefferson listed the British government’s “long train of abuses and usurpations” against the American people.  The Constitution placed strict limits on what the new federal government could do.

Like Ronald Reagan, like James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, Paul Ryan understands the imperative of limiting government.

So let me delight in that and leave others to offer broader evaluations of the address, including York who wrote that

Ryan’s 36-minute address did everything he needed to do: offer a devastating indictment of President Obama’s economic record, with a few memorable barbs about the president’s legendary self-importance; offer enough personal background so that viewers feel they know a little about Ryan; and most of all, convince voters that he and Mitt Romney will devote all their energy to jobs, the economy, and debt.

Ryan got it all done.

I agree.

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*Last week, Peggy reminded us that “President Obama can’t stand to be made fun of. His pride won’t allow it, hisamour propre cannot countenance a joke at his own expense. If Mr. Romney lands a few very funny lines about the president’s leadership, Mr. Obama will freak out. That would be fun, wouldn’t it?

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  1. A few funny lines on the President’s leadership would be a hoot. Maybe something along the lines of “we haven’t seen such leadership since Fonzie went water skiing” or maybe a reference to Obama and Geithner being like Lucy and Ethel working at a candy factory.

    There certainly are plenty of examples from which one might choose.

    Comment by crosspatch — August 30, 2012 @ 4:04 am - August 30, 2012

  2. Spending at 20% of GDP or less… that’s a significant promise. Hope they mean it!

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 30, 2012 @ 4:59 am - August 30, 2012

  3. As for shots on Obama leaving a mark, humorous or not, I think these passages should do it:

    When a small business says they made it on their own, all they’re saying is that nobody else worked seven days a week in their place. Nobody showed up in their place to open the door at five in the morning. Nobody did their thinking and worrying and sweating for them. After all that work, and in a bad economy, it sure doesn’t help to hear from their President that government gets the credit. What they deserve to hear is the truth: Yes, you did build that!

    […]
    President Obama is the kind of politician who puts promises on the record, and then calls *that* [his] record. But we’re four years into this presidency. The issue is not the economy that Barack Obama inherited, not the economy that he envisions, but *this* economy that we are living. College graduates should not have to live out their twenties in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters, and wondering when they can move out and get going with life!

    […]
    None of us should have to settle for the best this administration offers: a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us.

    […]
    When I was waiting tables, washing dishes or mowing lawns for money, I never thought of myself as stuck in some station in life. I was on my own path… an American journey where I could think for myself, decide for myself, define happiness for myself… That’s freedom, and I’ll take it any day over the supervision and sanctimony of the central planners!

    And more.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 30, 2012 @ 5:26 am - August 30, 2012

  4. […] Ryan’s Reaganesque Remarks Echo Nation’s Founding Principles […]

    Pingback by RNC – Night Two | Lady Liberty 1885 — August 30, 2012 @ 10:02 am - August 30, 2012

  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIeyG_pzsSw

    Comment by Cinesnatch — August 30, 2012 @ 11:12 am - August 30, 2012

  6. @3: Those are all (dare I say it?) FABULOUS. And I agree: very REAGANESQUE.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — August 30, 2012 @ 11:55 am - August 30, 2012

  7. My new hero : New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

    I turned to Chuck and said, “Damn, we are Republicans !”

    I knew Ryan would be fantastic.. I hope he doesn’t lose his “geekiness”.

    Comment by TnnsNE1 — August 30, 2012 @ 12:49 pm - August 30, 2012

  8. I hope he doesn’t lose his /sexy, steady-gazing, low-body-fat/ “geekiness”

    Hope you don’t my additions! 🙂

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 30, 2012 @ 1:01 pm - August 30, 2012

  9. When a small business says they made it on their own, all they’re saying is that nobody else worked seven days a week in their place. Nobody showed up in their place to open the door at five in the morning. Nobody did their thinking and worrying and sweating for them. After all that work, and in a bad economy, it sure doesn’t help to hear from their President that government gets the credit. What they deserve to hear is the truth: Yes, you did build that!

    Desperate ass-kissing for votes. Republicans turn once again to hollow flattery and ego-stroking instead of talking to people like they aren’t morons. Republicans don’t care about small business owners. They care about the big business owners, the ones that finance their campaigns and lavish lifestyles. They whisper these sweet-nothings so that when the Republicans talk about their pro-business, pro-growth policies, people will believe they’re talking about their small businesses when they’re not. They’re taking care of the big guys and using the small guys for their votes – same as it ever was.

    President Obama is the kind of politician who puts promises on the record, and then calls *that* [his] record. But we’re four years into this presidency. The issue is not the economy that Barack Obama inherited, not the economy that he envisions, but *this* economy that we are living. College graduates should not have to live out their twenties in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters, and wondering when they can move out and get going with life!

    Ryan says too easily that the economy Obama inherited isn’t an issue, considering that Ryan himself was a part of the ruling class that gave us the economy. He voted for the tax cuts, for the wars, for Medicare, for TARP… that’s the record of this supposed fiscal conservative. He has a point about the economy sucking right now, but for him to absolve himself of any personal responsibility for that isn’t fair.

    None of us should have to settle for the best this administration offers: a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us.

    Delusional. The first term of the Obama administration simply doesn’t justify these kinds of hysterical dramatics. What entitlements? Who isn’t free? How is the government planning your life? To hear Republicans tell it, these past for years have seen some kind of radical, unprecedented change in the American life. Can any of you honestly say that you’re no longer able to make decisions for yourself that you could four years ago?

    When I was waiting tables, washing dishes or mowing lawns for money, I never thought of myself as stuck in some station in life. I was on my own path… an American journey where I could think for myself, decide for myself, define happiness for myself… That’s freedom, and I’ll take it any day over the supervision and sanctimony of the central planners!

    Congratulations on your white bread upbringing, Paul Ryan. I’m so glad you can look back wistfully at the hard work you did while you go around telling people born to crackheads and illegal aliens that they don’t deserve or need any assistance from the government. Everyone’s chances of becoming a vice presidential nominee are completely equal so long as we pull up our bootstraps, right? Right?

    Thinking, deciding, and defining happiness for oneself – good stuff. Unfortunately, there are lots of sanctimonious supervisors like Paul Ryan out there who will gleefully think, decide, and define happiness for women and gay people. I guess we are supposed to take for granted that he considers his medieval attitudes about gays and abortion to be exempt from that little phrase of his.

    Comment by Levi — August 31, 2012 @ 11:36 am - August 31, 2012

  10. Oh my, Levi is in total meltdown this morning.

    When a small business says they made it on their own, all they’re saying is that nobody else worked seven days a week in their place. Nobody showed up in their place to open the door at five in the morning. Nobody did their thinking and worrying and sweating for them.

    And what does Levi say to that?

    Desperate ass-kissing for votes.

    Spoken like a true rich white liberal spoiled brat who has never actually worked a day in his life.

    Show us what you’ve built, little snot. Show us what you’ve done with your life other than sponging off your parents and the taxpayers. You think you could run a business better? Go grow some balls and do it. But the fact that you sit there and whine and scream and demand that the government give you a check shows you are too damn lazy and frightened.

    You have never run a small business, Levi. You have no concept of the time, the money, and the personal risk involved. All you know is that, because these people don’t support Obama, they’re evil and malevolent racists and morons.

    Ryan says too easily that the economy Obama inherited isn’t an issue, considering that Ryan himself was a part of the ruling class that gave us the economy. He voted for the tax cuts, for the wars, for Medicare, for TARP… that’s the record of this supposed fiscal conservative. He has a point about the economy sucking right now, but for him to absolve himself of any personal responsibility for that isn’t fair.

    And yet screaming brat Levi says that Obama bears no personal responsibility whatsoever for the economy or anything else during his entire four years in office, plus his tenure in Congress.

    Go right down that path, brat. We will hammer you with you and your Obama blabbering and whining and screaming that nothing is Obama’s fault and that Obama bears no responsibility for anything that has happened during his term in office. You are so stupid, ignorant and bigoted that you don’t realize what a complete and total hypocrite you are making of yourself.

    Next:

    Can any of you honestly say that you’re no longer able to make decisions for yourself that you could four years ago?

    Yup.

    My business is no longer allowed to choose the level of health insurance coverage which we offer our employees.

    I am no longer allowed to choose to self-insure my health care.

    You took away my freedom to do both, Levi. Your Obama did it. And your Obama is trying to do even more, from saying I can’t buy a Happy Meal or Big Gulp to saying that I cannot make public statements with which your Obama disagrees without having my business denied or expelled by government.

    And here we see again Levi’s contempt for hard work.

    Congratulations on your white bread upbringing, Paul Ryan. I’m so glad you can look back wistfully at the hard work you did while you go around telling people born to crackheads and illegal aliens that they don’t deserve or need any assistance from the government.

    Crackheads are criminals. Illegal aliens are criminals.

    Why should the government be assisting criminals with money from law-abiding Americans?

    This is the sick, delusional perversity of your “progressive” beliefs, Levi. You demand, repeat DEMAND, that the government fork over billions of taxpayer dollars and cater to people who are making deliberate CRIMINAL choices — while mocking and holding in contempt those people who work hard and obey the law.

    This is your Obama Party. This is what your Barack Obama believes. This is what “progressives” like you believe — that those who break the law and make bad choices deserve to live at the expense of those who keep the law and make good choices.

    You lose, Levi. You could not do a better job of making it clear to Americans who work hard, obey the law, and make good choices how much you loathe, hate, and despise them — and how your belief system is that these people should be punished and have their money taken away to those who break the law and make bad choices.

    Now run away, little coward.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 31, 2012 @ 12:49 pm - August 31, 2012

  11. Moreover, let’s just nuke Levi’s blather right at its core.

    I’m so glad you can look back wistfully at the hard work you did while you go around telling people born to crackheads and illegal aliens that they don’t deserve or need any assistance from the government.

    So let’s see what exactly it is that the government does.

    How does buying and operating liquor and gourmet-food stocked airliners for insider-trading millionaires assist “people born to crackheads and illegal aliens”?

    How does throwing multi-million dollar Hollywood parties, complete with press coverup, for whiny multimillionaires who like to dress up and prance around as kitty cats assist “people born to crackheads and illegal aliens”?

    How does running up epic-level travel, fancy hotel, food, and tchotchkes bills assist “people born to crackheads and illegal aliens”?

    Note the blatant hypocrisy here. If a minister or conservative non-profit were found to be raising money ostensibly “for the poor” and spending it on lavish parties, travel, and luxury items, Levi would have a screaming meltdown and fit about how this proves that churches are evil, that religion is awful, and that Christians should be barred from public life.

    But when it’s members of the Cult of Obama, Levi screams and cries that anyone who criticizes it is a treasonous racist.

    You’re filth, Levi. Total and complete filth.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 31, 2012 @ 1:06 pm - August 31, 2012

  12. I’m so glad you can look back wistfully at the hard work you did while you go around telling people born to crackheads and illegal aliens that they don’t deserve or need any assistance from the government.

    It is funny that Levi is concerned about the born for his benefit. After all, he wants to kill children that inconvenience him.

    Comment by The_Livewire — September 2, 2012 @ 8:09 pm - September 2, 2012

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