29 August 2012

Ryan: We don't have to settle for "a country where everything is free but us."

The slate of speakers on Day Two seemed stronger across the board, and there was little doubt that the attack dog had his day, capped off by a blistering indictment delivered by Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

Ryan seemed comfortable in this traditional role of the VP candidate, tearing Obama's insufferable and empty talk to pieces; shining a light on the failed policies of the past four years.

And he did it with ridicule.

I don't want to bore you with superlatives, because that's too easy. Ryan avoided the Mondale vibe ('hard truths") quite effectively. He talked about tough times, but connected them all to the incumbent.

I'm feeling better tonight, and it seemed like the crowd in Tampa was feeling it, too.

One passage worth repeating:

College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life. Everyone who feels stuck in the Obama economy is right to focus on the here and now. And I hope you understand this too, if you’re feeling left out or passed by: You have not failed, your leaders have failed you.
None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers – a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us.
Listen to the way we’re spoken to already, as if everyone is stuck in some class or station in life, victims of circumstances beyond our control, with government there to help us cope with our fate.
It’s the exact opposite of everything I learned growing up in Wisconsin, or at college in Ohio. When I was waiting tables, washing dishes, or mowing lawns for money, I never thought of myself as stuck in some station in life. I was on my own path, my own journey, an American journey where I could think for myself, decide for myself, define happiness for myself. That’s what we do in this country. That’s the American Dream. That’s freedom, and I’ll take it any day over the supervision and sanctimony of the central planners.

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