While he’s denied having any interest, I still can’t shake this feeling that eventually Paul Ryan is going to cave due to massive pressure from the GOP and agree to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House. The only thing stopping him from having already announced his intention to do so is the fact that it would basically be career suicide, and I believe Paul Ryan eventually wants to run for higher office.
That brings me to the point of this article, which is to help expose Paul Ryan for the despicable and cowardly person he truly is. I’ve covered his blatant hypocrisies in depth, but the true bottom-feeding nature of Paul Ryan goes much deeper.
So without further delay, here are my 5 reasons why Paul Ryan is one of the most despicable and cowardly members of Congress.
1. The seemingly proud way in which he shows off his disdain for the poor: Paul Ryan is a disciple of Ayn Rand, a woman who was basically a sociopath who believed in survival of the fittest. It’s fitting that Ryan chose her as a role model considering she was also a massive hypocrite. Ayn Rand rallied against government, despite heavily relying on government programs toward the end of her life.
Just as Ayn Rand basically hated the poor, Paul Ryan shares that disdain for the poorest and weakest among us. Take for instance Ryan blocking poor people from testifying at a hearing about poverty in America, or when he attacked free school lunches by insinuating that parents who don’t make bag lunches for their children don’t care as much for them as the parents who do.
Then let’s not forget that he’s someone who’s constantly pushing for major cuts to entitlement programs, frequently claiming the country can’t afford them – while also being someone who’s literally voted for trillions in spending to fund wars and bail out Wall Street.
2. He’s a coward, not a leader: After being Mitt Romney’s VP pick for a failed 2012 presidential campaign, many figured Ryan would be a participant in the 2016 presidential race. He chose to sit it out.
I suspect he feared going head-to-head with Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee for president, instead choosing to wait until he saw a potentially easier path to the White House. That’s really why he doesn’t want to be Speaker of the House; he knows it would likely kill any future aspirations he has to run for president.
So he’s too much of a coward to run for president now because he thinks the path might be too difficult, and he’s too spineless to take the job as Speaker of the House because he seems aware that if he’s exposed at the national level (which he would be) he’ll never stand a chance at becoming president.
3. He’s a bald-faced liar and a sociopath: Being that he’s a massive hypocrite, it should surprise absolutely nobody that he’s a pathological liar as well. I think one of the best examples of this came a couple of months ago when Fox News’ Chris Wallace flat-out busted his lies about the Affordable Care Act, pointing out that Republicans have yet to provide any alternative to replace the law if it were ever repealed, only to have an unfazed Ryan continue to spout off one pre-rehearsed talking point after another.
Even when Wallace confronted him with indisputable facts showing that the ACA has helped millions, Ryan brushed off those facts and simply continued to regurgitate the same propaganda Republicans like himself have been using for years.
4. He’s rabidly anti-women’s rights: In the past he’s sponsored a bill that would have not only allowed states to make abortion illegal even in the instance of rape, but it would have given rapists the right to sue their victim in order to keep them from having an abortion.
Just let that roll around your head for a little while.
5. He wants to gut Social Security, Medicare and other social programs so he can give big corporations and the rich huge tax cuts: While he likes to dance around the issue, Ryan is nothing more than the typical Republican who wants to destroy social programs most Americans rely on to survive so that he can give the richest and most powerful among us huge tax breaks.
Again, remember, he’s an Ayn Rand worshipper. This woman essentially preached a Libertarian view of the world free of regulations, social safety nets or programs that helped the poor.
Like I’ve pointed out before, he had no problem voting for both of Bush’s wars, bailing out Wall Street or voting to spend trillions more on new defense spending – but seems to believe that this country can’t afford to take care of its poor.
In the end, maybe it’s best that he does decide to toss his name in for Speaker of the House. I would love nothing more than to see this weasel exposed consistently on a national stage for the spineless, unethical coward that he really is.