Rep. Paul Ryan was in Madison on Friday making a hysterical attempt to distance himself from what he calls a "government for the elites," by drawing himself closer, believe it or not, to a quasi-government authority run by corporate elitists. This stuff is right out of Atlas Shrugged.
I do have to hand it to Ryan for taking his bizarre "elitist" sideshow right into the progressive capital of Wisconsin.
"When Hillary Clinton says we are ‘stronger together,’ what she means is we are stronger if we are all subject to the state," Ryan said. "What she means is we are stronger if we give up our ties of responsibility to one another and hand all of that over to government. But there is no strength in that. Only hubris. Only the arrogance to assume we are better off if we fall in line and bow down to our betters."
Ryan said "liberal progressivism needs no long introduction in Madison," noting the event was 10 minutes from La Follette High School, named for the early 20th Century governor and senator who championed government policies that restrained the influence of large corporate interests.
Hmmm ...restrain the influence of large corporate interests. God forbid ...we can't have that. *eyeroll*
But if you read between the lines, Ryan IS saying he stands WITH corporate interests and that we should drop our constitutional "by the people, for the people" government, or what he derides as "the state." In other words, IF given the choice between a democratically elected "by the people" authority restraining corporate interests (LaFollette Progressivism) or a hand selected corporate authority restraining "by the people" government, Ryan clearly stands with the latter.
But he also thinks we are stronger if we give up our responsibility to one another (break the "collective," break unions, discourage associations for political purposes, etc.) to stand alone and hand our legislative and judicial branched governmental powers over to corporation. Breaking the Founding Fathers "government" is key to Ryan's philosophy.
In that light or darkness depending on your view, Ryan would like nothing less than the American people to democratically and constitutionally vote to disempower themselves, i.e., break the "collective."
In essence, Ryan returns to his old stale Atlas Shrugged mentality where all rule of law is governed by an individual's ability and drive to profit from the deregulated immoralities of capitalism.
On values, Ryan believes if it's legal, whether legalized by the big money influence of corporate power doesn't matter - it's moral. For instance, Donald Trump not paying federal income taxes for 18 years despite raking in billions is moral because it's legal. "Government" in Ryan's world becomes merely a vessel for corporate power and the wealthy.
Or, consider what "the base" said about Paul Ryan over the last few days to understand why he has to co-opt the rage against him by attempting to re-direct their anger toward Hillary Clinton and Progressivism.
@realDonaldTrump Paul Ryan is an Elitist RINO. NO Paul, NO more TRAITOROUS, LYING, RINOS. AGAIN Snatching DEFEAT from the jaws of VICTORY!— Barbara Murphey (@GreeneyedMinx2) October 12, 2016
@LouDobbs Lou, Paul Ryan had a recent "strategy mtg" with the Koch bros. an organized Corporate/ elitist GOP scheme 2 save globalization— donald nielsen (@don17571) October 11, 2016
Paul Ryan is no leader he's an INSTALLED Apparachnik for the ruling elite https://t.co/f9qFIPe2HF— US Taxpayer (@TeaPartyStance) October 12, 2016
Those are just a few of the kindlier tweets from several thousand posted against Ryan in just the last few days.
Outside of Ryan's disturbing philosophical points he attempted to make in Madison is the undeniable fact his endorsed nominee for president is one of the most condescending, egotistical, paternalistic pricks to ever walk the planet.
But that barely scratches the surface when it comes to Paul Ryan. Include Ryan's long, deep history of subservient ties to the elitist Koch brothers or local billionaire Diane Hendricks, his undying devotion to his party, his penchant to solve all our problems with tax cuts for the rich and deregulation ...well, need I say more?
The bottom line is; Ryan thinks he is being misunderstood by Trump supporters. His sideshow in Madison wasn't aimed at Progressives or Hillary Clinton. It's a diversionary tactic aimed at Trump's supporters who have ravaged him for weeks. He's saying he's just as deeply partisan, divisive and elitist as they are ...despite everything he said and does to pretend he's Jack Kemp.
He simply beclowns himself ...non-stop.
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