Many politicians disgust me, but House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) takes things to another level as one of the biggest scumbags and hypocrites in the Republican party. That may seem harsh to some, especially considering Donald Trump is going to be their presidential nominee, but people shouldn’t kid themselves – Paul Ryan is a snake.
This is a man who’s built a career speaking out against big government spending, and champions himself a “true small government fiscal conservative.” The problem is, he’s completely full of crap.
Before I cover a few items from his political career which proudly display his hypocrisy about government spending, I’d like to give a little background on the man himself. You see, Ryan had the unfortunate fate of losing his father as a teen — a teen who attended a public high school, by the way. However, this tragic event led to a 16-year-old Paul Ryan receiving Social Security benefits until his 18th birthday. Ryan then saved these Social Security benefits (yes, that same Social Security which he has called a Ponzi scheme) to help pay for his education at Miami University, which just so happens to be a publicly funded university.
He worked summers during school as a salesman for Oscar Mayer, but Paul Ryan’s entire career has basically been spent as a politician, or working for one in various jobs or internships. Yes, the man who has built a career preaching small government and the “greatness of the private sector” went to public school, used Social Security benefits to pay for his college degree and has spent his entire adult life working for the government.
Paul Ryan is 46-years-old, has never really held a “private sector job” and owes the majority of his success in life to the very same government he frequently likes to bash.
Now, moving on to a few items from his career as a politician.
First, let me shred this ridiculous notion that he’s a “fiscally responsible hero.” Paul Ryan:
- Voted for both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Publicly lobbied and then voted for stimulus bills while George W. Bush was in office.
- Voted for the $152 billion 2008 stimulus package passed under Bush.
- Publicly condemned the 2009 stimulus passed under President Obama (which he voted against), but then privately sought funds from that very same stimulus for his district.
- Voted for the Medicare Part D plan passed under Bush, which will end up costing taxpayers trillions.
- Voted for the Bush Tax Cuts, while voting for both wars.
- Voted for the $700 billion TARP (Wall Street) bailout.
- Voted for the auto bailout as well.
- None of these even mentions the approximately two trillion dollars in defense spending he’s supported during his time in Congress.
This man is the definition of a hypocrite.
Even beyond all of that, however, lies the contradiction in his worship of both Ayn Rand (an atheist who preached selfishness and considered religious people to be fools) and his claims of being a devout follower of Jesus Christ. How Paul Ryan can say he models his life based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, while supporting the social economic ideologies of a woman who preached the exact opposite, is a true testament to his ignorance and hypocrisy.
Now comes the selling of his soul (if he even has one left) when he officially announced that he would be voting for Donald Trump this November. This announcement came a couple of weeks after he made headlines when he said he wasn’t ready to endorse Trump and a few months after he made a rare public statement where he said that Trump’s vile ignorance doesn’t represent the values of the party.
Based on Ryan’s history, this pathetic endorsement shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
Being a dyed-in-the-wool hypocrite, I’m certain most of us expected Ryan to eventually tuck his tail between his legs and get behind Trump like the rest of the party. It’s clear he has future presidential aspirations and Ryan obviously understands that he’s going to need these ignorant Trump voters if he wants to stand any chance of achieving his goal of one day residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
However, I can’t help but notice how distant Ryan is still being from “The Donald.” He’s clearly trying to walk the tightrope between not ticking off Trump’s legions of sheep — but not getting too close to him because that could backfire badly whenever he does decide to run for president. This is part of what makes him such a coward and a snake. Everything about what he’s doing right now is a sign that he doesn’t have the courage to stand up against Trump (which you can obviously tell he’s embarrassed that he’s the GOP’s candidate), but that he’s also too spineless to get fully behind the presumptive nominee like he should as the most powerful Republican in the party.
Unfortunately for Ryan, there’s no way out of this. If he doesn’t work hard enough to help elect Trump, it’s going to be widely discussed and it’s going to come back to haunt him down the line with Trump supporters. To say nothing about “The Donald” and what he may say later on if he feels Ryan wasn’t working hard enough to help him get elected. On the other hand, if he cozies up too much to him, he’ll forever be linked as the House Speaker who endorsed and supported a presidential candidate as vile, racist and bigoted as Donald J. Trump.
But the truth is, if Trump were to actually get elected, that would be an even bigger nightmare for Ryan. Then he’d either have to spend the next four years passing and supporting Trump’s absurd policies, or work against him — which would turn at least half of the country’s conservative voters against him.
While it’s still too early to “call it,” Donald Trump’s rise to the top of the Republican party should, one way or another, end any hope Paul Ryan had of eventually becoming president. Especially now that he’s once again proven what a spineless hypocrite he truly is.