Paul Ryan is a dangerous, brainwashed, narrow-minded zealot. If we did not know that already, this interview certainly confirms it.
In 2010 Ryan was interviewed by the odious Glenn Beck on his radio show. When I heard the audio today, even I was shocked by the outright unabashed hatred Ryan has for progressives, rivaling Beck's own.
BECK: OK. Hang on just a second. I -- did you see my speech at CPAC?
RYAN: Yeah, I've read it. I didn't see it. I've read a transcript of it.
BECK: OK. I think we're saying the same thing. I call it --
RYAN: We are saying the same thing.
BECK: it's a cancer.
RYAN: Exactly. Look, I come from -- I'm calling you from Janesville, Wisconsin --
BECK: Holy cow.
RYAN: -- where I'm born and raised, where we raised our family, 35 miles from Madison. I grew up hearing about this stuff. This stuff came from these German intellectuals to Madison, University of Wisconsin, and then sort of out from there at the beginning of the last century. So, this is something we are familiar with where I come from.
It never sat right with me, and as I grew up, I learned more about the Founders and reading the Austrians and others, that this is really a cancer. Because it basically takes the notion that our rights come from God and nature, and turns it on its head and says, "No, no, no, no. They come from government. And we here in government are here to give you your rights and therefore ration, redistribute, and regulate your rights." It's a complete affront of the whole idea of this country. And that is, to me, what we as conservatives -- or classical liberals, if you want to get technical --
BECK: Thank you.
RYAN: -- ought to be doing to flush this out. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 4/12/10]
This. is. crazy. talk.
To say things like this, to think that people and ideas can fit into a neat little box that you can target and say "blame them for everything, they are 100% wrong" - that is very very ignorant and dangerous hate speech. Us vs. them. We have seen the example of history as to where that kind of talk leads.
In addition to the very disturbing realization that Ryan is in NO WAY capable of representing all Americans. His mind is closed. He has a deep-seated bias, based on ridiculous and bizarre ideas from Ayn Rand and others that he has marinated in his whole life. He is brainwashed. His views are black and white and set in stone. He is seriously and dangerously deluded.
Paul Ryan is on a mission and he is single-minded and ruthless. He considers it his life's work. His goal is to destroy everything associated with progressivism: the Great Society, the New Deal, worker's, women's and LGBT rights, the social safety net, the leveling of the playing field provided by public schools and scholarships, basic fairness, humanity and common decency in our society. In short, he is against everything democracy is all about protecting and fostering. This is pure, vicious social Darwinism. The poor are poor because they are weak and lazy. Let the sick and the old die. Let the hungry starve. If you can't be a big strong rich white Christian male like he is, then screw you. You are nothing. You are worse than worthless - you are a leech on society. Talk about eugenics. Something Beck says is a progressive idea, when in fact it would be aggressively converted into formal policy by people like Paul Ryan.
Ryan hates progressives and progressive values. He is not open to discussion or reason. This is irrational, abject hatred. And he's out to radically transform this country into a frightening, horrific Handmaid's Tale world.
Paul Ryan is an American Taliban nightmare. Don't let his "aw shucks" demeanor fool you. He is a very dangerous man and grossly unfit for public office in America.
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