Romney picks Ryan, ensures an election like no other in American history

August 12, 2012
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USS Wisconsin backs up Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (image: csmonitor.com)

Mitt Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan to be his running mate for the 2012 Presidential race ensures that this election will be like no other in American history.

Forget the phrase just three little words, today is the day for just “three little letters: WOW.

He actually did it. Mr. Bland went for Mr. Bold.

In choosing Rep. Paul Ryan (R WI) for his running mate, Mitt Romney threw caution to the wind yesterday and he did it from the decks of the USS Wisconsin no less.

Such a bold choice from such a quintessential “American” spot would normally leave me cheering for days.

Yet all I feel this morning is angst. Determined, deep in the gut, this is going to be the most apprehensive election since this junkie’s first toke at American politics.

Don’t get me wrong, my angst has nothing to do with Romney or Ryan.

I have not doubt one that Ryan is ready, willing and able to fulfill his duties and if necessary fulfill new ones from inside the Oval Office.

The doubt arises because this election is like no other.

Within minutes of Romney’s announcement of Paul Ryan, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina put out this statement:

“In naming Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy.

The architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, and deep cuts in education from Head Start to college aid.

His plan also would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors.

As a member of Congress, Ryan rubber-stamped the reckless Bush economic policies that exploded our deficit and crashed our economy. Now the Romney-Ryan ticket would take us back by repeating the same, catastrophic mistakes.” (from David Jackson at USA Today.com)

Notice the language. Flawed, budget-busting, burdens, radical, millionaires, deep cuts, reckless, catastrophic, they hyperbole of the adjectives alone is bad enough, but when used in the context of so many twistings of the truth and out right lies it shows again just how low this administration is willing to go to hang on to power.

The outright hypocrisy of Messina putting out a statement bashing Ryan for debt, deficits, and budgets when his boss is responsible for more debt than any other President in history and that same boss hasn’t passed a budget his entire term would, in any other election year ensure defeat in November.

But again, this election is like no other.

Like no other in that for Obama to win a second term, come November 6th, 50 percent plus 1 in this country would have to have amnesia of the most severe kind. They would have to:

Forget the almost 6 trillion in new debt that Obama and the rest of his financial pedophiles have abused future generations with.

Forget that almost a trillion of that debt went to payback public employee unions and provide for a wasteful, non-stimulating few bucks a week payroll tax cut.

Forget that unemployment has remained above 8 percent for longer than at any other time since the Great Depression.

Forget that as of this writing, thousands upon thousands of applications for new federal workers, from the IRS, to the TSA, to the EPA, to Energy and Education and beyond are being readied for an Obama second term.

Forget that under Obama, small business start ups, the adrenaline for job growth, are at their lowest point in over three decades.

In any other Presidential election there would be just no way so many Americans would forget so much devastation over such a short time.

But this is an election like no other, this is Barack Obama’s election.

This is a David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, David Plouffe, Bull Burton, Stephanie Cutter, Jim Messina, all out “the Chicago way” election.

They (the Obama camp) already set the record low this week with failing to denounce a Priorites USA ad that not only implies Mitt Romney is responsible for a woman’s death from cancer but uses a proven Obama campaign ad “star” in the process.

While such flat out lying and unethical behavior has even many in the liberal media calling out the Obama campaign for its despicable behavior, the conductors in Chicago haven’t skipped a beat.

And unfortunately the one fact that I cannot forget, is that as of this writing almost half of all working Americans in this country now pay no federal income tax. Tens of millions of voters now pay nothing into the system that sends out the checks. Checks that are now sent out to 100 million Americans each and every month, give or take a million or two.

If I thought the majority of those voters will be inclined to vote for the ticket that has proven experience in business and budgets I’d be sleeping like a baby from not till the election.

But instead I fear I shall accumulate a sleep deficit on the scale of an Obama budget.

For I am cursed with knowledge of history in an age of apathy and of lessons to be learned from Caesar’s and Napoleon’s in a time of Snooki’s and Kardashian’s.

I am haunted by the words of a 19th century Frenchman:

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”

No, my greatest angst is not Messina’s mislabled “radical” Romney/Ryan ticket.

It is that Tocqueville’s prophecy has arrived and Obama/Biden are greeting it with open arms.

Has American society become so devoid of critical thinking and knowledge of fact that it will destroy itself from within for the sake of a few more coins from a corrupt public treasury?

Has 50 years of apathy and ignorance pushed the greatest nation on earth to its final tipping point?

Yes, this will most certainly be an election like no other.

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One Response to Romney picks Ryan, ensures an election like no other in American history

  1. anson burlingame on August 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Geoff,

    You wrote, “Has 50 years of apathy and ignorance pushed the greatest nation on earth to its final tipping point?”

    My unequivocable answer is YES, that is exactly where we are tody with a “cliff” looming before us if we the people make the wrong choice(s). Note the plural. Not only must the choice for President be made but that is only part of the problem. Romney alone cannot turn around our headlong plunge over a fiscal cliff. He needs help and that help must come in the Senate races around the country.

    I am not lossing much sleep over retaining a GOP majority in the House, barring something really climactic happening over the next three months like war in the Middle East or an actual collapse in the European economy with some declaring bankruptcy.

    Boil it all down, as I tend to do, and our choice if for a larger or smaller federal government, a government that promises but fails to deliver or one that can get down to the size to ensure delivery of that which is promised, like sustainable Medicare (but in a different form).

    With Ryan on the ticket the choice is even more clear now. Ryan is the real public, at least, INTELLECT behind a new GOP government. He THINKS his way to solutions and does not just grasp a slogan and campaign on it.

    Ryan, almost standing alone, has actually written a budget that reduces the deficits by over $5 Trillion over ten years. Still no enough, but by far the most dramatic and bold public proposal yet to be provided by anyone.

    The collective government on the other hand has passed into law a “budget” that will only reduce the deficit by $1.2 Trillion over ten years and Americans call that a “fiscal cliff” today.

    And finally we have an administration that “has never passed a budget of any sort” yet with collectively continuing spending authorizations has created the biggest debt bubble in our history, bar none.

    How coudl the choices be more clear and yet here we are with a cliff hanger on our hands, either way.

    I have written of late about the stresses on democracy, here and in Europe. Come November 7 we will have a clear view, maybe of whether those huge stresses have been relieved or instead increased with then a future of ……, calamity comes to mind as a word.

    Anson

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