There was a time not too long ago when my photo shops and cartoons of Rep. Paul Ryan linked with Atlas Shrugged or Ayn Rand filled the majority of the first several pages of Google images. Well not anymore. Since Paul Ryan was chosen by Mitt Romney for his running mate, nearly all the images in the top pages are now either from heavy hitting national publications or syndicated cartoonists. The last time I looked, my work has been relegated down the line to pages 3 or 4 at best, with a straggler image popping up to the top page on occasion.
Anyhow, while surfing Google images a few days ago I came across this rather unassuming graphic of Paul Ryan from the blog The Provocation that in my opinion says a mouthful about Rep. Paul Ryan's simplistic thinking process.
I probably would have highlighted the words, "according to the Declaration of Independence" but it's really not necessary. I mean thank God for the Declaration, right?
The Provocation Excerpt:
Ryan just doesn't get it. Where the rights come from is immaterial. Whether we recognize and protect them isn't. Protecting them is the role of government. Indeed, the Declaration itself states that government's role is "to secure these rights" - not to undermine them. That's why we have laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act, which Paul no doubt opposes on the grounds that it's inconvenient for big business.
That nails it to the floor boards in my view.
But still, it's both a comical and circular hypothesis Ryan attaches to and between God and government. As the blog post's title states, "Ryan's Idea of Government's Role Doesn't Come from the Founders." Yet, YET Ryan forms his belief about our rights coming only from God based on the inescapable quandary that that concept in of itself is granted by government. Yep. It says so right there in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from God.
Paul Ryan. God. According to Government.