Despite a 2012 presidential election that admittedly did not go the way he had hoped, Rep. Paul Ryan indicated that his initial disappointment has been replaced by hope. As one of the first speakers at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the Western Center of Journalism was there as Mitt Romney’s running mate rallied conservatives for the fight ahead.
“A year later,” he said, “I think there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic.”
He stressed the importance of upcoming midterm races, indicating that “on election day, we’re going to win.”
Ryan indicated that the devolution of the modern Democrat Party under the leadership of Barack Obama and his ilk gives reason for hope.
“The president released his budget this week,” Ryan said, “and from the looks of it he’s just doubling down”
Furthermore, leftist leaders in D.C. all “sound alike these days. All they talk about is income inequality.”
The reason for the repetitiveness, Ryan insisted, is that “they’re out of ideas.”
That inherent weakness, he said, must be adequately communicated to the American people by conservative leaders.
“They cannot talk about economic growth,” Ryan said of leftists in D.C. “They have spent five long years in power and all they have to show for it is this lousy website.”
In response, he said the political right must convey a clear path toward fiscal and cultural sanity in this country.
“We have to explain where we want to take the country and how we’re going to get there,” he said, asserting the fact that Democrats will use any tactic possible in trying to dismiss their political opponents.
“They’re going to try to make us the victim in their morality play,” he said, concluding he believes they will fail “because they’re going to overreach.”
It is easy for conservatives to point out the litany of ways leftism has failed this nation, however.
“Right now,” Ryan said, “the tax code is 10 times the size of the Bible and it has none of the good news.”
Taxpayers are expected to send their hard-earned money to the IRS, and “if you do what Washington tells you to do, you get some of your money back.”
Conservatives should embrace a better message — on that resonates with Americans nationwide.
“I have a better idea,” Ryan continued, “why don’t you keep your money in the first place?”
As for the debacle surrounding ObamaCare, he said this administration wants Americans to believe they have no alternative.
Conservative leaders, however, have proposed numerous plans that would address America’s healthcare system from a perspective that embraces individual liberty instead of federal intrusion.
“You should pick your healthcare plan,” Ryan concluded, “not Washington.”
The Republican Party, he said, now has the opportunity to once again define itself as the party of influence.
“The GOP is where the action is — just as it was in Jack Kemp’s day in the beginning of the Reagan revolution,” he said.
While Obama is an easy and worthy subject of conservative criticism, Ryan said the opposition party owes Americans more than finger-pointing.
“Let the other party be the party of personalities,” he said. “We will be the party of ideas.”
–B. Christopher Agee
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