"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Paul Ryan Embraces American Exceptionalism, Rejects Isolationism in Foreign Policy Speech

What have we learned about the Republican field for President in the last few days?  We are going to start with Paul Ryan who is no longer a solid "NO" but wants to see how the field plays out and is being encouraged not only by the RNC Chair Priebus who is also from Wisconsin but by others to get in the race.  We will see how the candidates break out in the next month or so.  Paul Ryan would be definitely someone to consider.
Paul Ryan Embraces American Exceptionalism, Rejects Isolationism in Foreign Policy Speech 
7:53 PM, Jun 2, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN 
Paul Ryan defended America's role as the leading defender of freedom and liberty in a foreign policy address this evening. Speaking to the Alexander Hamilton Society, Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, laid out a vision that defended America's exceptional role as a world leader and drew sharp contrast to those who advocate for isolationism and withdrawal. 
"A world without U.S. leadership will be a more chaotic place," Ryan said. "A place where we have less influence, and a place where our citizens face more dangers and fewer opportunities. Take a moment and imagine a world led by China and Russia." 
Ryan spoke at length about American exceptionalism as it relates to America's role in the world. "America is an idea," he said. "And it was the first nation founded as such. The idea is rather simple. Our rights come to us from God and nature. They occur naturally, before government." 
This belief in the American idea, Ryan said, should inform the nation's foreign policy. "Now, if you believe these rights are universal human rights, then that clearly forms the basis of your views on foreign policy," he said. "It leads you to reject moral relativism. It causes you to recoil at the idea of presistent moral indifference toward any nation that stifles and denies liberty, no matter how friendly and accommodating its rules are to American interests." 
Ryan squarely rejected the position of increased isolationism. "Today, some in this country relish the idea of America's retreat from our role in the world," Ryan said. "They say that it's about time for other nations to take over, that we should turn inward, that we should reduce ourselves to membership on a long list of mediocre has-beens. 
"He continued, "Instead of heeding these calls to surrender, we must renew our commitment to the idea that America is the greatest force for human freedom the world has ever seen."

Source:  Weekly Standard
With Donald Trump saying he might consider an independent run if he doesn't like the GOP candidate, Republicans are looking at giving the election to Obama if they are not careful.  This wanting a pure candidate has to stop or we are looking at four more years of Obama with the my way or no way on a candidate.

New Jersey Governor Christie is no longer a solid NO along with Rick Perry of Texas although we believe Perry would support Christie in a heartbeat if he chose to get in the race.  The fact that people from Iowa already made the trip to NJ to encourage Christie says a lot.

Stay tuned as more people throw their hat in the ring and maybe we can get a candidate that enthuses most Republicans.  After what happened yesterday prior to Romney's announcement when Palin decided to take the limelight away from the man who as head of the Republican Governor's Association was in many ways responsible for her becoming Governor, it showed the lack of class on her part not to honor a fellow Republican.  If the situation were reversed the victim act by Palin would have been out in full force and Palinbots would have been on the attack.

Enjoy the weekend!

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