ELDER PATRIOT – When Paul Ryan succeeded John Boehner as Speaker of the House I warned everybody to expect more of the same. Paul Ryan is not now, nor has he ever been a conservative.
I first met Paul Ryan in a small gathering that included some billionaire Republican donors. There were maybe fifteen people in the room. I remember wanting to shower with steel wool when we adjourned.
The next time I was in his presence he was running for vice president. He delivered his speech espousing conservative principles with such little conviction that the guy next to me asked if I thought Ryan believed anything he was saying to us.
At the time Ryan had been labeled a “budget hawk” by the mainstream media. That further raised my doubts about him. If the mainstream media is told not to like a candidate they trash both his policies and his character. In Ryan’s case they were content letting him call himself a conservative and then helping further his public image with the “budget hawk” label.
This helped lift Ryan’s persona and that was okay with the mainstream media and their masters because Ryan was a “safe” Republican. In other words Ryan was somebody they could count on to advance their globalist agenda, grow government, and pile up debt recklessly. When his voting record on meaningful votes is examined it is hard to tell the difference between him and Nancy Pelosi.
Now Speaker Ryan pretends that he speaks for conservatives and conservatism by attacking Donald Trump for calling for a temporary moratorium on immigration from the Middle East until we can get our arms around the problem.
Ryan spoke out yesterday and said: “Normally I do not comment on what’s going on in the presidential election. I will take an exception today. This is not conservatism. What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for and more importantly it’s not what this country stands for.”
Ryan went on to say, “I am concerned about standing up for our country’s principles. These our first principles and our party is dedicated to these first principles and that’s why I think it’s incumbent upon leaders of our party like myself to stand up and defend what conservatism is and what the Republican party stands for.”
Please save us the sanctimony, Paul. America’s Founding Principles are based, first and foremost on survival. America’s Founding Principles are based on our elected officials being our servants and doing our bidding, not the other way around. And, our Founding Principles certainly not authorize you to do the bidding of non-Americans.
At the time the Constitution was written militant Islam posed no threat to our new country. Peaceful Christians of all religious sects came here to escape religious persecution. They did not seek to forcibly convert others only to enjoy their rights to practice their beliefs as they saw fit.
This is wholly different from even the peaceful Muslims living amongst us the majority of who would vote to be ruled by Sharia instead of our Constitution. The radicalized Islamists demand you renounce your religion and embrace Islam or die. This is completely incompatible with our Constitution, our traditions and our way of life.
John Adams wrote: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the governance of any other.”
Our second president was referring to the Judeo-Christian religions of that time. He had no other perspective from which to draw.
Mr. Ryan’s ignorance of the Constitution and his insistence that our long tradition regarding immigration somehow demands accepting these immigrants at this time is baseless. His refusal to acknowledge the teachings of the Koran and to understand the context in which the First Amendment was written is appalling in its fecklessness, his stupidity, or both.
There simply is no Constitutional provision commanding immigration policy other than the powers that Congress may have seized from the States over the years. Only Article I, Section 9 addresses immigration and then in a passing manner:
The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person
As far as tradition goes Mr. Ryan chooses to ignore the fact that the U.S. allowed no immigration – nada – for over forty years from the mid-1920’s until Lyndon Johnson and liberal Democrats passed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. That bill purposely was opened the floodgates to unskilled and uneducated people of the third world. If Mr. Ryan had done his homework he’d know that it was part of Johnson’s larger plan to destroy conservatism in the United States.
In 1964 Democratic President Lyndon Johnson succeeded in getting the Economic Opportunity Act passed creating welfare. After the bill’s passage Johnson was quoted as saying, “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”
Subsequent Supreme Court decisions used these laws to turn the United States into a magnet for people looking to take advantage of the generosity of the U.S. taxpayer.
If Paul Ryan possessed any historical perspective at all he’d know that those legislative acts laid the foundation for many of our most pressing problems today including our national debt and racial division.
Or, perhaps Mr. Ryan is well aware of our history but chooses politically correct rhetoric over truth like other liberals. It still disqualifies him to position himself as a defender of conservatism.