Even though I detest Mr. Ryan’s adoration of Ayn Rand I have come to gain some respect for him in recent months. He “seemed” to want to put partisan politics aside and find common ground with the other party for the good of the people. I admired him for standing on principle and not endorsing a megalomaniac for president. That respect came to a screeching halt yesterday but I kind of expected it all along. It is hard for an Ayn Rand wolf to turn into a shepherd.
“It’s no secret that he and I have our differences,” Mr. Ryan said in the column he submitted to The Gazette in Janesville. “I won’t pretend otherwise. And when I feel the need to, I’ll continue to speak my mind. But the reality is, on the issues that make up our agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement.”…
Mr. Ryan criticized her in his column, writing: “A Clinton White House would mean four more years of liberal cronyism and a government more out for itself than the people it serves. Quite simply, she represents all that our agenda aims to fix.”
Ending weeks of reluctance to embrace his party’s presumptive nominee, Speaker Paul D. Ryan endorsed Donald J. Trump for president on Thursday in a modest but unequivocal backing of a candidate whose views Mr. Ryan has frequently condemned….
In a column in his hometown newspaper in Janesville, Wis., Mr. Ryan said that recent conversations with Mr. Trump had convinced him that the billionaire developer will help advance the conservative agenda that the speaker is trying to introduce….
“Speaker Ryan’s abject surrender makes it official,” he said in an email. “The GOP is Trump’s party now.”
Putting party over principles seems to be a unattainable task in the 21st century. The two parties in Washington simple hate each other for who they are, not just what they stand for. It was interesting that the speaker chose is small town newspaper to give his endorsement.
Finding common ground is what our American democracy has been all about for its first two centuries. I kind of think that Mr. Ryan’s common ground with Hillary is actually stronger than with Trump but he just doesn’t have the guts to admit that fact. Party over principles is his game and like most of the rest of them has always been so. Beating the competition, perceived or real, is what it is all about in the American agenda now. Grievously common good seems to be long gone in our national politics.
I don’t know, maybe all this stuff with Trump is just a game he is playing but do I want a president who even plays those types of games. Conniving, disrespect, ranting, and fear mongering are not the qualities I want in “my” president. I hope that is also the case for the large majority of the rest of us. Winning the game should take a back seat to the common good as far as I am concerned. Always has been for me and always will be…