An Open Letter to Speaker Paul Ryan: It’s time to leave.
by Jeffrey Lord
October 11, 2016, 6:44 pm
Dear Mr. Speaker:
I like you.
We both admired and worked for Jack Kemp at different stages of his career. I agree with much of your Kemp-style agenda. So it gives me no pleasure to say what is now abundantly obvious.
It is time for you to do the honorable thing and resign as Speaker of the House.
Your views on Donald Trump — and for that matter anything else — are between you and your constituents in Wisconsin. But most certainly what you do as Speaker of the House — which is to say as the leader of the Republican Party in the House and a senior leader in the national Republican Party — is to support the Republican presidential nominee elected by the voters. Amazingly you have dragged your feet repeatedly on one of your central responsibilities as a party leader. Now, with your latest statement refusing to defend Donald Trump — the Republican nominee and the elected leader the Republican Party — you have refused outright to perform your job as a senior party leader.
With that in mind, it is time to do the right thing — and the honorable thing: Resign the Speakership immediately.
To my dismay, you have chosen to disregard the long ago wisdom of Ronald Reagan that “a political party is not a fraternal order.” Instead, you have essentially joined forces with those who view the Republican Party as just that: a club. A combination fraternity/sorority and country club whose members — self-selected Congressmen and Senators, wealthy donors, consultants, and lobbyists — see themselves in high school terms as the “in crowd” and all the rest of their fellow Republicans — not to mention conservative Democrats and Independents — not as allies and supporters but as outsiders. Outsiders for whom the “insiders” have a fundamental contempt — a view that is strikingly similar to the view of Americans held by Hillary Clinton and the American Left at large.
Indeed, it is this “fraternal order” psychology that produced first the Reagan Revolution and has now produced Donald Trump. In both instances the base of the party was fed up with Republican elites whose view of America was centered on not principle but their own careers. It is precisely this mindset that — long before Donald Trump appeared on the scene — has given millions of Republican voters the belief that the Republican elites in Washington and elsewhere are, to borrow from Sean Hannity, feckless, weak and interested not in the country but only the preservation of their own careers. As Reagan well knew this kind of belief can be fatal to a political party. […/]
Paul Ryan, speaker extraordinaire, after voluntarily calling Trump a textbook racist is now taking the liberty to define and outline what Trump’s pick for a VP should be. Nice guy.
Now that is chutzpah, Ryan laying out his criteria for a VP. What a bastard. He knifes you in the back and then offers to help you get a ride to the hospital, just to be a good Samaritan. Then he lectures on the Hillary scandal Trump needs to concentrate on.
His buddy, Rat Romney is still busy doing interviews calling Trump “trickle-down racism”. Some things are beyond belief even for the arrogant establishment.
I really despise both of these losers. Now we’ve had 4 more years of Obama because these two hoodwinked voters into supporting Romney/Ryan. Now they are busy running against the Republican ticket. Romney filibusters the air once again to condemn Trump.
Oh, lest I forget, both will have headline-starring roles in Democrat attack ads through the fall. Yet we are supposed to take either of them seriously? What can beat that: having the last Republican presidential nominee/candidate and his VP to supply attacks on Trump? Oh, and they were both involved in the cabal to undermine the GOP Convention.
If you are a Democrat, what could be not to like with all that? “Like Party on, dudes!”
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Ryan said he wants Trump to unify “all wings of the Republican Party and the conservative movement” and then run a campaign that will allow Americans to “have something that they’re proud to support and proud to be a part of.”
“And we’ve got a ways to go from here to there,” Ryan said.
– May 05, 2016 –
Donald J. Trump Responds to Speaker Paul Ryan
“I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda. Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people. They have been treated so badly for so long that it is about time for politicians to put them first!”
“I was very, very surprised. He talks about unity, but what is this about unity? With millions of people coming into the party obviously I’m saying the right thing,”
“So many great endorsements yesterday, except for Paul Ryan! We must put America first and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump said.
So let me understand, Ryan demands Trump unify “all wings” of the Republican Party? What elite arrogance. One of the guys responsible for the ongoing Party failures, causing conservatives’ grievances, blames Trump and then expects him to fix it.
This from the guy who was plastering self-promoting videos of himself on social media. What is going on with Ryan and what’s his problem?
Then comes news of a meeting between Trump and members of Congress for next Thursday. Once again, Ryan injects himself in the news cycle. Meanwhile, with all the grief people have over Ryan’s performance, he is pointing at Trump. I’m glad, with all the problems, Ryan finds a convenient scapegoat and whipping post in Donald Trump.