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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Romney selects Paul Ryan as VP Candidate

It's a bold choice, bolder than I expected from Romney, and he's benefiting from that perception.  Ryan is young and good looking, and, by all accounts, a very effective campaigner. He has a reputation, deserved or not, of being smart and principled.

On the other hand, he's a real right winger. Not just his draconian budget, which rips the "safety net" to shreds. He co-sponsored a personhood amendment, which would require the law to treat a fetus as a full human being. He also opposes abortion in all cases, even in cases of rape and incest, and believes the health of the mother should not be considered.

He's a devotee of Ayn Rand's hyper-individualism (called objectivism). Like most people who admire her, he was raised in a wealthy family. He was supposed to join the family's wildly successful construction business, but instead he has served in Congress his entire adult life. So he's never had a "real" job outside of government. Which doesn't stop him from bashing government like everyone on the far right.

His hypocrisy is legion and his political philosophy is utterly repulsive. Other than that, he's supposedly a real nice guy.

My fear is that his "likability" will seriously obscure the extremity of his views.

From FB - this pretty much covers it:



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