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Resenting Paul Ryan

I’ve been feeling pretty old lately.  Whiny and narcissistic maybe, but old just the same.  My body has taken a pretty bad beating over the years, but I am still young enough to remember how it felt off the showroom floor.  I’m going back to college late in life, and most of the people there are much younger than I am.

I feel old.

Paul Ryan has been confirmed as Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick this morning, and everyone is talking about how young and energetic he is.

Could he be TOO young, they wonder..?

At 42, Paul Ryan is slightly older than I am.

Yeah…  I’m hating THAT guy..!

Wisconsin Representative and Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan

But all jokes aside, everyone is wondering this morning how this will affect the Romney campaign, and the pundit in me is no different.

Politically, this is easy.  Ryan is a heavy-hitter in the House of Representatives.  So influential, in fact, that many pundits like me wondered aloud over the last few weeks if it would be detrimental to the party as a whole to take him away from that position.

Looking back, that was perhaps a foolish argument.  The House is in no real danger of falling to the Democrats, even if Ryan’s Wisconsin seat is lost to them, which is by no means a fait accompli.  Ryan would still be in a position to hold great influence in the House, while at the same time he would become President of the Senate, even if the position exists historically as a tie-breaker.

A policy wonk like Ryan would utilize the Vice Presidency like none before him.

This move also sets up the Romney campaign in a positive way.  It allows them to hit Obama/Biden on a policy level with a great deal of credibility; something they have otherwise failed to accomplish.  Obama won’t want to go toe-to-toe with Ryan in a policy debate, and he sure isn’t going to want Joe Biden to do it!

Expect Obama’s campaign to go even more negative, which leads me to my only real concern about Ryan’s VP nod:

Ryan has already been demonized in the media.  They REALLY don’t like him.  I suspect that they will resent the fact that they can not call him stupid, as they have with pretty much every Republican in my lifetime, including Ronald Reagan.  But they have already had some success at portraying Ryan as a heartless Republican throwing Grandma down the stairs.

I have to wonder, with Romney’s negatives at this point, if another guy with similar issues was the way to go.  I hate to bring race into it, but we all know that the Democrats will, so…  Now we have two “rich white guys who hate minorities and want to take the goodie bags away from those poor people Obama shelters with such loving care”.

That makes me a bit antsy.  It also makes me nauseous just having typed it.

The media won’t have a choice but to talk about how serious a choice this is, and that will give off a lot of credibility going in, but how long will it take before they flip the switch and go full negative..?

We have to be ready for that.

 

EDIT:  Ryan himself is already proving that he will indeed be ready!  What a great choice for VP!  The rest of us need to be ready, too!  I couldn’t be more excited…

Nothing Right-wing About Neo-Nazis

In the wake of the recent Wisconsin Sikh Temple shootings, the airwaves were filled with so-called journalists rushing to the air to proclaim that the shooter was a “far-right extremist” and a white supremacist.  Something that troubled me about this initial rush was that it was based upon information from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) which should never be taken at its word for anything.  But there I was, watching as even Fox News jumped on to their bandwagon.

In this case, I would have to say that the SPLC was right.  This guy does appear to have been a white supremacist and a Neo-Nazi loon.   But it still troubles me that sensationalism takes precedence over all else, especially after we’ve seen what can happen when people like ABC’s Brian Ross rush to the air with information they haven’t bothered to verify.

And now we all get to hear how this guy was supposedly a right-winger.

Well, what was right-wing about him?

The original Nazi movement certainly wasn’t right-wing.  Far from it.  Every aspect of that old and thankfully dead movement holds common hallmarks with the modern left.

So, what is new, or “neo”, about the skinheads that makes them right-wingers?

About the only thing I can see in common is that they like guns.  But then, socialist dictators on the left LOVE guns, as long as they’re the ones holding them.

For the life of me I can not think of a single other thing that these people have in common with the American right at any moment in our history.

For people to assume it is so would be the result of left-wing propaganda that dictates that only white people are racist and all racists are right-wingers.  That’s the lie told often enough that it has become accepted as so-called common knowledge.  The American left learned much from Goebbels, it seems.

But the American right did not create the KKK that these Neo-Nazi freaks call brothers.  The left did that.  The left to this day works to segregate people by race, and has done so throughout their entire history.  Keeping people from actually joining into the American melting pot is the only thing that allows them to retain any power.

This needs to be challenged when it happens, and it dismays me that no one in the media raised any objections, apart from some that I saw on Fox News’ The Five, when Bob Beckel started in on how this shooter was a right-winger, and the other hosts objected to his characterization.

We have got to stand against this kind of thing more vociferously, because letting the charge go by without challenge is to confirm its validity in the minds of the public.

That’s just unacceptable.

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