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Paul Ryan Disappoints at RNC

September 2, 2012

Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech at the RNC was disappointing, but not surprising, as it confirmed that he is a machine politician just like every other “electable” representative. The US, like the UK has first-past-the-post elections and as a result the electoral process naturally resolves itself into a contest between two parties. When the executives of both these parties pursue the same policies, irrespective of what the electorate wants, we get what we have which is a dictatorship validated at the ballot box. Until people reject this lesser-of-two-evils mentality, the psychopaths who run the country will continue to do what they like with us and our posterity.

 

It is tragic that even if Romney is the next president of the US, the economic policies he will advance are not sufficiently different from Obama’s to alter the course of America’s economic trajectory – and thus the rest of the world will be dragged below the waves as America sinks.

 

Ryan rehearsed a few of Obama’s highlights in office, “One sixth of Americans live in poverty…half of graduates can’t find work in the careers they studies for…America’s triple-A credit rating downgraded…$831 billion stimulus was a case of political patronage, corporate welfare and cronyism at their worst…Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees and fines that have no place in a free country…” and pace Obama’s recent claim that entrepreneurs achieve nothing without the government, “Yes, you did build that [small business]”.

 

It is easy enough to criticise an administration that is hell-bent on collectivising the United States, but Ryan’s prescription holds no prospect for improvement because Ryan, consciously or unconsciously, offers more of the same. For example, he talked a lot about Obama’s failure of leadership and how Romney is going to be the missing leadership in the White House. Furthermore, he said, “We have a plan for a stronger middle class with a goal of generating twelve million jobs over the next four years”. I too have a plan to add twelve million pounds to my bank account over the next four years, but that won’t happen either. By promising “leadership”  and “planning” Ryan reveals that his mindset is the same as all other politicians, who justify their egregious pay and perks by being ever-busy on our behalf. Why can’t they see that the powers of government are largely negative, just as the constitution was written. No group of individuals is smart enough to set the prices and quantities for one or two million goods and services in an economy and until people recognise that and vote accordingly, the never-satisfied political class will reach further and further into our pockets.

 

Ryan got a lot of applause for saying, “What did taxpayers get out of the Obama stimulus? More debt. That money wasn’t just spent and wasted. It was borrowed, spent and wasted…” that was a small nod to Ron Paul’s success in getting borrowing, debt-based money and the Federal Reserve System into the public consciousness. But, with Ron Paul silenced, there will be no more talk of Fed audits or questions on where money comes from. Ryan may plan to cap federal spending at 20% of GDP and to have hard limits on the size of government, but data are infinitely manipulable, and bureaucrats infinitely obdurate. And the power and corruption of the military-industrial complex will be undimmed.

 

The malignant nature of bipartisan politics is such that despite the damage Obama has done to the US economy, he could still be re-elected. Similarly, despite their collectivist revolution, Labour could very well lead the next government in the UK. Distributists always say that the problem for the system comes in the second generation, when those who inherit the system can’t be bothered to educate themselves as to why it is necessary and what will happen if it fails. Well, current voters are discontented but too lazy to act. Instead they don’t vote, on the basis  that in a two party system a third party is pointless. However, there is hardly a ward or a constituency in Britain where Catholic-minded voters couldn’t get an independent candidate elected if they were prepared to work for it. The country is a mass of Tory/Labour resentment and it is only inertia that keeps them in  place. Surely Catholics could consider political campaigning as part of our mission to evangilise?

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