Saturday, August 25, 2012

"The Zombie-eyed Granny-starver from Wisconsin"

     There will be many such choice quotes over the coming election, but if there is one summation of VP candidate Paul Ryan (and by extension $Rmoney) to read it's Charles Pierce's excellent takedown on The Politics Blog posted on Esquire:
"Paul Ryan is an authentically dangerous zealot. He does not want to reform entitlements. He wants to eliminate them. He wants to eliminate them because he doesn't believe they are a legitimate function of government. He is a smiling, aw-shucks murderer of opportunity, a creator of dystopias in which he never will have to live. This now is an argument not over what kind of political commonwealth we will have, but rather whether or not we will have one at all, because Paul Ryan does not believe in the most primary institution of that commonwealth: our government. The first three words of the Preamble to the Constitution make a lie out of every speech he's ever given."

     Having been backed into a corner of dejection and apathy over $Rmoney, Ryan is the perfect personification of all the qualities Republicans have been desperate for. If Americans (and indeed the entire rest of the world now) have been treated to a truly amazing display of $Rmoney's callous indifference, inhumanity and disconnect with common folks, Ryan ramps it up and actually, openly mocks:

Our own Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski came out with a strong endorsement:

“While many in Washington, D.C. are talking about the need a fiscal plan, Rep. Ryan has been hard at work designing a proposal for a financial framework we need to move forward,” Murkowski said in a news release.
She's probably hoping Alaskans forget last May of 2011 when she was one of the only five Republican Senators who voted against the Ryan Plan. But then again being an "independent" means you can be a hypocrite who never has to take any position except on what has direct bearing on your re-election.

     Like the majority of Teapublicans, Ryan gets moral whiplash over his obsession with the evils of governmental intrusion into the private affairs of citizens, but somehow manages to bifurcate about individual choice and autonomy when it comes to legislating medical decisions for birth control. One prime example of this is in how he never once mentions the words "woman," or "female" or "mother" in an entire essay that is ostensibly about reproductive issues:

“The rights of any entity that qualifies as “human” must be protected.
The car which I exercised my freedom of choice to purchase is not such an entity and does not “qualify” for protection of human rights. I can drive it, lend it, kick it, sell it, or junk it, at will.”
     Anyone who equates and summarily dismisses rape as "a method of contraception" is a monster, transcending the arrogance and inhumanity of $Rmoney. The Daily Beast notes how "Romney, a Mormon, also made a bow to the anti-abortion wing of his party ... pointedly noting Ryan’s Catholic faith, saying that “Paul believes in the worth and dignity of American life.” And there wasn't a shred of self-awareness or irony anywhere on display as those words were spoken using the battleship USS Wisconsin BB-64 as a background prop. 
     Though as it turns out, when it comes to the value of a powerful metaphor, there's a far better picture of that same ship that sums up this candidate:

"It doesn't make sense, sir. I mean, why me?" - Private Ryan 
"I've made mistakes before" - Rmoney

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