A few things Paul Ryan forgot to say

In his VP acceptance speech, Paul Ryan blamed president Obama for a whole list of things.

But he forgot a few:

The recent rise in gas prices is Obama’s fault, because he should have induced the oil companies to drill more oil ten years ago.

The gridlock in Congress since his election is Obama’s fault, because the Democrats should just have done what John Boehner and Paul Ryan told them to do.

The financial meltdown of 2008 was Obama’s fault, because he was campaigning for president in 2008.

The high unemployment rate is Obama’s fault, because he should have given more stimulus money for American corporations to create jobs abroad.

Obama never should have gotten us into Afghanistan in the first place.

Our bad relations with predominantly Muslim countries are Obama’s fault because he is a Muslim.

Obama caused the drought in much of the country by worrying about global warming.

How could Ryan have missed such great points, on a par with his charge that stopping Medicare waste and fraud would be bad for seniors?

For that and other real Ryan charges that also sound made up, see” FACT CHECK: Convention speakers stray from reality” by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Jack Gillum, Associated Press, Daily Local News, 8/30/12

The spirit of the Romney-Ryan campaign was perfectly caught in the instant quote success, “‘We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,’ said Neil Newhouse, a Romney pollster,” as quoted in The Atlantic’s article of that title, 8/28/12.

It’s time to recall, in the Bush White House, the equally apt quote about leaving behind “the reality-based community,” from Ron Suskind, “Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush,” New York Times Magazine, 10/17/04, during the presidential campaign 8 years ago:

In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn’t like about Bush’s former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend — but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

The aide said that guys like me were ”in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who ”believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

Who besides guys like me are part of the reality-based community? Many of the other elected officials in Washington, it would seem. A group of Democratic and Republican members of Congress were called in to discuss Iraq sometime before the October 2002 vote authorizing Bush to move forward. A Republican senator recently told Time Magazine that the president walked in and said: ”Look, I want your vote. I’m not going to debate it with you.” When one of the senators began to ask a question, Bush snapped, ”Look, I’m not going to debate it with you.”

The aide in question, according to Wikipedia, is said to have been Karl Rove, whose bigger-than-ever Supreme-Court-enabled role in this year’s election is a disgrace to the American political tradition of political debate.

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About politicswestchesterview

Nathaniel regards himself as a progressive Democrat who sees a serious need to involve more Americans in the political process if we are to rise to Ben Franklin's challenge "A republic, madam, if you can keep it," after a passerby asked him what form of government the founders had chosen. This blog gives my views and background information on the local, state, and national political scenes. My career in higher education was mainly in the areas of international studies, foreign languages, and student advising, most recently at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, from which I retired in 2006. I have lived in West Chester since 1986.
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