Paul Ryan Is Wrong. All The GOP Does Is Prey On Prejudice.

If you've been following the latest developments in America's run up to the Presidency, you will have noted that Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI), joined in (jumped on?) the bandwagon that's been ginned up to deflect (I hate to invoke the name, but I guess I must) The Donald from snagging the Republican nomination to be our next President.  From the guy who's pledged to shred Obamacare and slung former Speaker John Boehner to the curb for being "not conservative enough," Ryan's attacks on Trump seemed just a tad disenginusous to me.  Of course, like the terms "irony," "facts" and "hypocrisy" the term "disengenuous" simply doesn't appear in the conservative lexicon.  In response, this Letter To The Editor appeared in the Washington Post, and, I must say, got it efficiently and effectively correct:

Reading the comments from House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) on Donald Trump’s refusal to disavow the Ku Klux Klan [“House speaker rejects Trump’s waffling on KKK — but not his candidacy,” Campaign 2016, March 2], I was amazed by his remark “This party does not prey on people’s prejudices.”
Mr. Ryan demonstrated that he is either ignorant of his party’s actions or is blatantly lying. Today’s GOP does little but prey on people’s prejudices. Whether toward people of color, immigrants, women, the poor or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the party has advocated policies that demean and diminish any group other than rich white men.
The GOP has actively worked to suppress the voting rights of minorities, under the guise of nonexistent voter fraud; it plays off anti-gay prejudices to try to impede same-sex marriage; it uses fear of terrorism to turn followers against peaceful Muslims and immigrants; it creates fake scandals (drug testing) to prevent the poor from getting benefits; the list goes on.
Mr. Ryan said the GOP “is the party of Lincoln,” which, while technically true, is false in reality. Abraham Lincoln would not recognize what his liberal party has become: a radicalized far-right organization that has turned 180 degrees from the party he built.
Kirby R. Knight, Silver Spring

And as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow morning whether any of us are here to see it or not, comes the standard conservative "quoting history with an apparent lack of understanding that facts that were once true may not be any longer....."

Gregory Sweet
6:41 AM EST
In response to Mr. Knights screed against Paul Ryan the Republican party, I see things differently. You should study the origins and history of the KKK. You will find them rooted in the Democrat party. What party stood in the schoolhouse door, used firehoses on peaceful demonstrators, interred Americans in concentration camps in Arkansas, supported Jim Crow laws... Your contention that the GOP suppresses voting rights is ridiculous. Having a requirement that you need a government issued ID (typically a drivers license)to vote is common sense. Its 2016. How many times a day do you pull out your ID (enter a building, cash a check, pay a water bill). Why not to vote? Your notion that drug testing is a scandal. Nonsense. When working on federal contracts I, along with many others, were required to pass a drug test, repeatedly. If you are going to accept US taxpayer dollars, then there needs to be some accountability. Ensuring that taxpayers dollars are being dispersed to responsible and sober recipients is a sensible policy. Lastly, your false contention that the GOP promotes fear of immigrants. Legal immigration is welcome. All are welcome to this country, legally. If your first act , in this country, is to break our laws, that should not be tolerated

And below is a pretty spot-on reply to Mr. Sweet's reply:

8:14 AM EST
Oh please. Anybody who has spent five minutes studying US history understands that southern Democrats became southern Republicans in the early 1960s. Attaching the KKK to today's Democratic party is disingenuous and indicative of a weak rhetorical foundation.

As for Voter ID, the laws do nothing BUT suppress voters! Voter ID does not and cannot combat voter "fraud." In every single state where such "fraud" has been claimed, investigations reveal that the actual amount of "fraud" amounts to an infinitesimally small number of votes and there has never been an instance of fraud that has impacted an election more than 0.000001%. Maybe to you it's worth making people jump through unnecessary hoops to eliminate a problem that doesn't exist. It defies logic, however.

And just to round things out, the following: 

3/3/2016 10:31 PM EST
That Paul Ryan, he's so cute when he lies.
Ignore User
3/3/2016 7:06 PM EST
Obama is the KING of Prejudice!
Ignore User
3/3/2016 7:10 PM EST
You're as delusional as Cliven Bundy.

As for me, of course, I could not be more thrilled down to my creaky bones that the Republican Party has hoisted itself on its own petards and hopefully will die from the wounds.  (Loss of blood, you see.)  But I suspect that the Grand Old Party will rise from it's self-induced immolation again to carry on with their racist, bigoted, hypocritical policies exemplified, in this case, by their most powerful spokesperson, Speaker of the House, Representative Paul Ryan representing Wisconsin and Tea Bagger Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) and the Tea Bagger Lovin' Koch Brothers.

Have a good day folks!

PS: Donald Trump is leading in every state that has an upcoming primary!  Gotta love those Tea Baggin' Republicans!

As I predicted the Trump Attack Train is only going to make him stronger.  His supporters love him and nothing is going to change that.  


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