PAUL RYAN - SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE


IF YOU SAY NOTHING THEY CAN’T BLAME YOU
IF YOU DO NOTHING,  YOU CAN’T GO WRONG

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., delivered remarks at the Ronald Reagan Institute on Thursday afternoon praising US leadership in the world. 

How he — one of President Donald Trump’s most loyal apologists — keeps a straight face while extolling US values and alliances, which Trump routinely trashes, remains a source of wonder.

“We have to be ambassadors for what we believe, wherever we are, without equivocation,” said the man who tolerates a president who praises Vladimir Putin and tells us the North Korean people love Kim Jong Un, their jailer. 

“A set of policies is not what convinces people to side with us — it is the idea of America that draws them to us,” he proclaims. “It is the idea of a country where the condition of your birth does not determine the outcome of your life. 

That is where our true power lies.” Except “the condition of your birth” does matter to Trump and to the GOP’s rabid base. Meanwhile, the Dreamers remain without a solution to their plight because Ryan won’t put forward a bill that could actually pass on the House floor.

THE SPEAKER CONTINUED WITH THIS LINE OF BULLSHIT AS USUAL:
“I believe our friends want to side with us in a free-market, liberalized system. They just need to know that the US will be there for the long haul. We must understand: The rules of the road for the 21st century economy are being written right now. Privacy, intellectual property, the way capital moves across borders today — these are all critical issues for the coming decades.

“So the question is: Will we set the tone or will it be others who don’t share our values or ideals? Strong trade agreements and economic partnerships set a high standard and bring our allies into the fold — and they make us more secure. In short, free trade must always be an active instrument of American leadership.”

HE CONTRADICTS HIMSELF:
That’s odd considering Ryan also refused to put measures on the floor to reclaim Congress’ authority over tariffs. “President Reagan charted the right course — it’s peace through strength, pro-growth economy, clear moral leadership. It is not a new or magic formula,” 

Ryan declared. “What is needed is a new willingness to think big, go bold, and see things through. To show the largeness of spirit that this moment requires.” Or perhaps what is needed is a willingness to put country over party, to root out obscene corruption that would make tin-pot leaders blush, to stand up to a president who employs the Stalinist phrase “enemy of the people,” to refuse to confirm patently unqualified Cabinet officials, to decline to tolerate alt-right cranks in the White House and to censure a president who says there were “fine” people among the neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville, Virginia.

No-Balls Ryan talked the talk, but fell off the stage when he tripped over his own words and could not walk the walk.

Interestingly, Ryan did not mention Trump’s name once in a speech heralding the legacy of Reagan. Maybe that’s a small sign of regret, a whiff of shame that he did not rebuke a president who stood for everything Reagan did not: protectionism, xenophobia, coddling dictators, ignoring advisers far more knowledgeable than he, shredding alliances. Or maybe he feared the crowd would boo.

Reagan’s legacy in foreign policy is secure and generally judged favorably 30 years after he left office. Ryan’s spinelessness and refusal to challenge a president who undermined American leadership will be remembered as well.


BAGMEN and USELESS INDIVIDUALS - Leader of the HOUSE Paul Ryan 
First there was VP Pence, then Mitch Mcconnell,  and then there was Ryan, the third to deliver a eulogy for senator John McCain who came to pay his respects. When he repeated McCain’s admonition that “our identities and sense of worth were not circumscribed but enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves,” you wondered whether Ryan is capable of self-reflection. 

HE WAS NOT DESCRIBING HIMSELF.

•   He lauded McCain: “The sense of purpose that a battle joined can bring”. 

•   The common humanity that burns in each of our hearts... This is one of the bravest souls our nation has ever produced.” 
•   When exactly has Ryan exemplified those qualities? When has he demonstrated an ounce of courage to do what is right rather than expedient?
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When Ryan urged us “to stand up and to embrace the cause of McCain’s life,” you wondered when and how Ryan will manage to do this”.   He never has.
•   Might he remove Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)  from chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee, which Nunes has used to smear our intelligence community and the FBI?  No, more chickenshit and chicken gutless inaction.
•   Perhaps he’d actually hold a hearing on the grotesque conflicts of interest and emoluments clause violation that Trump has committed? 

• Don’t hold your breath. Instead of the causes dear to McCain — the rule of law, simple decency, the obligation to defend the country against abuses of power — Ryan has again and again taken the road of least resistance.

HE IS QUITE SIMPLY A MORAL COWARD.

•   I suppose having this trio speak was the trade-off for allowing McCain to lie in state. In singing his praises, however, they demonstrated just how small, how weak they are. In the shadow of a giant like McCain, they should feel a pang of shame.

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