Published on Aug 30, 2012 by CSPAN
Mitt Romney accepts the Republican Presidential nomination at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay Times Forum. From C-SPAN’s LIVE gavel-to-gavel coverage. http://www.c-span.org/RNC/
“Presumptive Nominee” no more, Governor Mitt Romney received more than 2000 delegates during yesterday’s Republican National Convention state roll call, almost doubling the number needed (1144) to secure the nomination for President of the United States.
Congressman Paul Ryan (WI) was layer nominated, by acclamation, as the nominee for Vice President.
Governor Romney will formally accept the nomination in his speech on Thursday night.
Every war has its obvious horrors from direct devastation. Additionally, however, the art of war allows for the planting of booby traps, land mines, roadside bombs, time bombs, and any number of creative devices to harass or continue the raining of destruction upon the enemy over time. These weapons are not only designed to destroy the adversary directly, but to cause psychological damage and break the will of the enemy to fight. By inducing prolonged fear and feelings of despair and hopelessness in their adversary, they often provide long-term residual effects after the direct conflict. It’s all part of the sordid, time-honored proficiency of war.
Almost like war, politics is not simply about the devastation from the direct initial attack by lawmakers, but also the residual and long-term devastation by delayed lethal devices. In politics, most of the destruction comes from “time bombs of tyranny” purposely implanted by politicians in legislation. Some justify and dismiss the damage done by politicians by calling it “unintended consequences,” even though most is deliberate and intended to strip at least some Americans of liberty or wealth.
To carry their oppression from one regime to another, and to ensure consistent and continuous control, American politicians devised a scheme by which they appoint bureaucratic panels, boards, or commissions to establish controlling mechanisms in legislation to enforce their dictatorial will. The full impact of these destructive assemblages is not always readily apparent, and politicians design them to reconstitute and continue their power in perpetuity.
They embed these delayed time bombs and booby traps in the majority of all law-making. Since the federal government cannot, at present, use more direct and vicious attacks, these are among their weapons of choice in their war to control the American people.
This system allows unethical, dangerous politicians like Obama to pick up any of these explosive, bureaucratic devices and move to a time and place of his choosing where he can do the most damage to his enemies. He’s extremely adept at using agencies from previous legislation as weapons to further his outrageous, unconstitutional attacks. He is also unrivaled in his ability to plant his own time bombs to destroy freedom and steal money.
The Environmental Protection Agency is a powerful, smoldering, weapon of mass destruction created by politicians. Congress built in explosive power intended for systematic release, and then left it carelessly lying about. It was a catastrophe waiting to happen. For a corrupt, unethical, wannabe dictator like this President, the temptation to seize the EPA and use it against his political and ideological enemies was just too compelling. Barack Obama’s war on coal, and indeed on all carbon-based energy, is possible only because Congress created this monstrous, lethal, bureaucracy.
His use of the EPA as a destructive device and his own unconstitutional restrictions on oil explorations and drilling are, in themselves, “time bombs of tyranny” that will explode repeatedly over the years. Americans will find the price of gasoline and all products made from petroleum, steadily climbing. The price of electricity will also “necessarily skyrocket” just as Barack Obama planned.
Obama and the liberals enacted Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank legislation in the name of protecting and strengthening the American people. In reality, however, liberals purposefully devised them to restrict freedom, interrupt commerce, and steal income and wealth from American citizens. It’s part of the left’s plan for redistributing wealth and controlling the American people and their trade. The progressive diagram is intentionally planned to do its mischief gradually. Once set in the legislative framework, the oppressive charges activate to continue the oppression.
As does the EPA, both Dodd-Frank and Obamacare, command the systematic appointment of unelected bureaucrats. The acts confer upon them unlimited power to regulate and control Americans’ medical care and finances. As preset deadlines arrive, liberty vanishes in bursts of political and bureaucratic domestic terrorism.
Open borders and Illegal immigration are, likewise, deadlier traps being laid by the Obama administration that will attack suddenly with unimaginable force over the next several years. In this case though, the misdeeds come from our lawmakers’ and Presidents’ steadfast refusal to enforce the law. The billions of taxpayers’ dollars spent on crime, welfare, healthcare, and education for the invaders’ spiral out of control, yet, the President bestows his lawless blessings on them by piecemeal amnesty. Illegal border crossings will exponentially increase with each new official pardon.
We pay now for past failures to enforce the law, but the cost for today’s failures will forever devastate our country. Terrorists freely cross our borders and will most assuredly hurl another deadly attack on unsuspecting Americans. Politicians will, once again, absolve themselves of any blame; just one more time-released, governmental conspiracy.
Americans suffer from the psychological toll of incessantly fighting a merciless and unrelenting government, and never knowing from where the next attack will come. Invariably, it results in people losing the will to fight and lessens their strength to resist. Politicians count on it for their survival.
Barack Obama’s socialist domestic policies and laws are not the only time bombs he unleashes upon the country. The paralyzing weakness and ineptitude of his foreign policy and his deference to Islamic terrorist nations at the expense of America’s friends, places our homeland in dire peril. Our national security will suffer for years and possibly decades to come when Obama’s torch of incompetence begins igniting world hot spots.
By far, the greatest threats to our Republic, however, are from the feeding frenzy of the welfare state, and from the long-time cultivation of the powerful public union establishment. Obama dramatically increased the size and power of both.
This President has a spending psychosis that has positioned the United States as the biggest debtor in world history. The debt has increased more under Obama than under all previous presidents combined. On the day Obama took office the debt stood at 10.6 trillion dollars. Obama’s radical agenda will, by the end of his term, add over 6 trillion dollars to the debt piled upon our youth. It’s led to massive national debt and left the country kneeling for handouts from not only our friends, but from our biggest enemy, Communist China. This irresponsibility alone renders Obama uniquely unqualified to lead the country.
His catastrophic booby traps and time released fiscal tyranny wreaks havoc on every segment of American society, and will continue for as far as any sane mind can imagine. Moreover, he’s ensnaring the youth of our nation in a virtual debtor’s prison.
The most cataclysmic events will rip through our Republic when unwilling lenders suspend our credit or interest rates raise the payments beyond our ability to repay. Then, unable to sustain our untenable support of Obama’s Great Welfare Class and the demands from public unions, society will begin to fracture in every liberal enclave. As streets overflow with mobs of freeloaders, anarchists, union thugs, and collectivists, the country will find itself held hostage by these un-American mobs and their comrades, the corrupt Marxist politicians.
As we slog through the mine fields laid for us by politicians, we can expect violence, civil unrest, and revolution unseen in our history. Barack Obama and many others on the left – led by George Soros – work diligently to destroy traditional American Society, its capitalistic system, and constitutional government. It is their belief that the country will then accept their dictatorial reorganization. Our fate would be sealed, and we become just another European socialistic country or possibly a banana republic, coming apart at the constitutional seams.
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Norfolk, VA … After months of speculation, Mitt Romney announces that Congressman Paul Ryan (WI) will be his running mate in his campaign for the White House.
In front of an enthusiastic, flag-waving crowd, Romney introduced his pick from the deck of the U.S.S. Wisconsin, a tip of the hat to Ryan’s home state:
“It’s great to be back in Virginia and here in Norfolk. Your city’s beauty is only matched by its proud heritage as a defender of freedom. Today we take another step forward in helping restore the promise of America. As we move forward in this campaign and on to help lead the nation to better days, it is an honor to announce my running mate and the next vice president of the United States: Paul Ryan.
“Paul Ryan is a leader.
“His leadership begins with character and values. And Paul is a man of tremendous character, shaped in large part by his early life.
“Paul is in public life for all the right reasons – not to advance his personal ambitions but to advance the ideals of freedom and justice; and to increase opportunity and prosperity to people of every class and faith, every age and ethnic background. A faithful Catholic, Paul believes in the worth and dignity of every human life.
“With energy and vision, Paul Ryan has become an intellectual leader of the Republican Party. He understands the fiscal challenges facing America: our exploding deficits and crushing debt – and the fiscal catastrophe that awaits us if we don’t change course. (Source: MittRomney.com)
The audience roared their approval with chants of “Mitt, Mitt, Mitt” as Rep. Ryan walked to the podium. In the enthusiasm of the moment, Governor Romney then introduced Ryan as “our next president.” With good humor, he added, “Every now and then I’m known to make a mistake – but I did not make a mistake with this guy.”
Acknowledging the honor and his family, Rep. Ryan began his remarks with a nod to his mid-western roots:
“I am surrounded by the people I love, and I have been asked by Governor Romney to serve the country I love.
“Janesville, Wis. is where I was born and raised, and I never really left it. It’s our home now.
“For the last 14 years, I have proudly represented Wisconsin in Congress. There, I have focused on solving the problems that confront our country, and turning ideas into action; and action into solutions.
“I am committed, in heart and mind, to putting that experience to work in a Romney Administration. This is a crucial moment in the life of our nation; and it is absolutely vital that we select the right man to lead America back to prosperity and greatness. That man is standing next to me. His name is Mitt Romney. And he will be the next president of the United States.” (Source: MittRomney.com)
Rep. Ryan, 42, now serving his seventh term representing Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District, is well-known within political circles as the Chairman of the House Budget Committee and the senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, Social Security, health care and trade laws.
As the author of the Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal last year, Rep. Ryan offered an alternative to Mr. Obama’s 2013 budget proposal. The Path to Prosperity seeks to nurture job creation, stop profligate government spending and provide a way to lift the country out of debt. Ryan’s plan endeavors to place the budget on a balanced path and the economy on the path to prosperity.
On April 4, Mr. Obama, during a luncheon speech for news editors, singled out Congressman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget proposal and accused Ryan and candidate Governor Mitt Romney of “social Darwinism” that “imposes a radical vision” on America.
The Congressman responded boldly to Mr. Obama’s accusations:
“The president’s attacks on our budget are as disappointing, as revealing as his attacks on the Supreme Court. It seems that he takes anyone questioning his vision of limitless government as a personal affront and he’s lashing out. That’s hardly the kind of leadership we were expecting when he ran for office,” Rep. Ryan responded.
What else do we know about Governor Romney’s vice presidential nominee? Below is a brief list of his positions on issues:
Pledged his opposition to SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act):
“The internet is one of the most magnificent expressions of freedom and free enterprise in history. It should stay that way. While H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, attempts to address legitimate problems, I believe it creates the precedent and possibility for undue regulation, censorship and legal abuse. I do not support H.R. 3261 in its current form and will oppose the legislation should it come before the full House.”
2002, Ryan cast his vote in favor of the Iraq War resolution, authorizing President George W. Bush to use military force in Iraq.
2003, he voted in favor of the Medicare Part D prescription drug expansion.
2008, Ryan voted for the Troubled Asset Relief Program – the Wall Street bailout that hastened the advent of the Tea Party movement – and bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler.
2011, Ryan delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union address.
On March 30, 2012, Rep. Ryan formally endorsed Governor Mitt Romney for President:
“We need to coalesce as conservatives around Mitt Romney. The longer we drag it out the harder it is to win in November. … I am convinced that Mitt Romney has the skills, the tenacity, the principles, the courage and the integrity to put America back on track.”
Rep. Paul Ryan is a graduate of Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville. He graduated with a degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio.
Ryan and his wife Janna live in Janesville, Wisconsin with their children: daughter Liza and sons Charlie and Sam. The youngest of four children, Paul is the son of Paul Sr. (deceased) and Betty Ryan. He is a member of St. John Vianney’s Parish.
Governor Romney and Representative Ryan, “America’s Comeback Team,” kick off a four-day bus tour to crucial battleground states: Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio.
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