By The Right Scoop


Paul Ryan’s speech is called “Saving the American Idea: Rejecting Fear, Envy and the Politics of Division“. It’s a great speech as Ryan seeks to dispel this idea of class warfare and the social welfare state and to reinvigorate the idea of the opportunity society. I’ve divided the speech from the Q&A and they are both below. The full text of his speech can be found here.

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  • Anonymous

    I have long considered Mr. Mencken a humorist and bright light in our country’s history. After finding the following quote, I, now too, consider him a prophet.

    “The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre—the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

    – H. L. Mencken 1880 – 1956

    Possibly another reason Mr. Ryan will not ascend to the “highest office.”

    GB

    • Anonymous

      Mencken was right, a downright moron has been elected and downright morons swooned to make it happen….oh please, people, wake up out of your moronic stuper!

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately this moron is malevolent, and his rise to absolute power is being facilitated by the mere politicians.

  • Anonymous

    One clarification. We are NOT a democracy. We are a representative republic.

    • Anonymous

      I will attempt a seance later today to inform Mr. Mencken. Short of that, I suggest we let his quote stand as he wrote it. Unless you have another suggestion, johnos2112.

      GB

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OKIV6ZYHR72VR534MQPGOB2LD4 MS

      “We are NOT a democracy. We are a representative republic”

      I wish more people would understand that.

      A history teacher in my past explained the difference like this when he heard some of the class talking about how we need to be a democracy. He asked the peeps in question “So what if the simple voting majority ruled without representation. If 51% of the people decided to vote that people with red hair should be executed then the red heads will be killed. Are you sure you want that?”

      He put it so well and simply. I think the issue is like many political terms, this one was just over used, misused and abused so the real meaning of it are lost. Much like liberalism of 100 years ago compared to now – much different.

      Even with our representative republic we still have idiots voting in people who are supposed to be more intelligent and able to understand local and wide spread issues of the day, yet we get much of the crap we have in the office and Congress.

      I still think we need to 1) raise the voting age 2) require a test of sorts to see if voters even understand the issues.

      Voting age – I know people will get mad but it is a fact that most people’s development in the frontal lobes is not completed until the early to mid 20’s. I would rather have fewer voters that have problems planning past 2 days from now. You really see much difference in most people’s attitudes, intelligence between 16 and 20? Well, for some but too many are in play mode still and fall in love with issues for all the wrong reasons. For those old folks, like me, walk around a college campus and listen to people 18 to early 20s discuss issues of today, scary….

      Testing – Some will get bent out of shape here but there is no reason that people that don’t understand basics about anything should vote. Just go to youtube and type: free obama money. After that, think about how close some elections are and then realize that a solid 20% of the voting population is actually that stupid (most by choice). Most elections are won by smaller margins that 20% of the voters. Just to prevent too much anger towards me here – this is not elitest. You do not have to be college educated. Plenty of people that do not go far in school are very smart and they read about the issues, research, and self educate. Scholastics are not the indicator here, hence the reason for testing before voting and not a “Did you go to college” check box.

      • Anonymous

        That misuse of representation is happening right now.  Obamacare?  Sending millions to unions in the form of a phony stimulus bill?  Sending 2 billion to an offshore oil rig in Brasil?  Submitting a “jobs bill” to put teachers, cops, etc., back to work?  These bastards need to be thrown out!

        ________________________________

      • Anonymous

        Best 10 minute history lesson on the different forms of government…
        Check out this video on YouTube:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJfsht5YJI4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

        If only more people understood, maybe then more people would be fighting harder for life, liberty and the pursuit (in that order)!

  • Anonymous

    Debt, Doubt, and Decline!!! Wow, that sums up BO and this regime to a tee…..great speech. Thanks Scoop!

  • Anonymous

    I love the message of the speech, but he needs a speech coach.

    He is, however, one of the greatest “Q&A guys” I’ve ever seen. Every time I’ve seen him answer questions on any news show or whatever, he blows it out of the water.

    • http://twitter.com/stephenpqe stephen

      This speech should be heard in all conservative cable TV, very direct and details to support his speech, not sure if C-SPAN carried this event, thanks to Heritage Foundation.

  • Anonymous

    This is an appropriate place for this I think:

    It’s called “The Forgotten Man” (Jon McNaughton)

  • Anonymous

    Just a thank-you,was able to AirPlay to television with no interuptions, no idea how you do it or how it works but it did.

  • Anonymous

    Paul Ryan is a true patriot. I wish he was running for president.

  • Anonymous

    Ryan talks as if he was dealing with a politician. That’s not the case. He (and we) are dealing with a marxist monster. The monster’s fangs are just beginning to show, but we knew what kind of monster he was a long time ago.

    Ryan seems to honestly believe that there is, as he puts it, “sincere disagreement between the parties”. That’s nuts. obama is doing exactly what he planned to do: destroy America and replace it with a marxist regime. Truth means nothing to him. He is not what Ryan calls him: “misguided”. obama is guided perfectly – by his marxist vision.

    Come on, Ryan, stop wasting everybody’s time with logic and math and concern for the Constitution. This is a war and you don’t even know it. Wake up, fella. You’re being Mister Nice Guy and you’re swimming with a hungry shark.

    The time for words is over. Either the Senate removes obama from office in the extremely near future or… the time for words is over.

  • Anonymous

    OMG less than 2 minutes in (and I know he did not mean it to sound this way) Mr. Ryan talks about “…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and one could construe what he did say to mean that government provides all three.

    GB

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Correction Paul Ryan, we are a Republic not a Democracy.
    Moreover, you say that you do not have a problem with the OWS, OWSF and so on, as long as they are not hurting others or their personal property.
    Well, I expect a man of your stature in Congress to be well informed about what IS going on in this country and those that are trying to destroy it.
    On the otherhand, I know what is going on and who is causing the chaos, and for what reasons such outrageous protests are taking place.
    In my opinion, it looks like it doesn’t bother you one bit, given your lukewarm response to the question. Could it be that perhaps you are one of the RINOs/Progessives too, and a Democracy is what you would rather have?

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzette.yvonne Suzette Yvonne

    Bless the man Lord!