“We have responsibilities, one to another. We do not each face the world alone. And the greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak. The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves.”
That’s not a lie, of course — it’s one of the most fundamental of all truths. But while it is unquestionably true that we must help each other out, it is also unquestionably true that Paul Ryan does not believe this.
Ryan’s budget was condemned by the Catholic Bishops, who said Ryan’s willingness to slash aid to the poor fails a “basic moral test.” Far from demonstrating a fealty to the tradition of protecting the weak, Ryan instead would throw the poor, the sick and the elderly out onto the street, and demand that they stop mooching off of the producers.
Indeed, Ryan’s budget completely ignores the needs of the weak, and plans to trample on those who cannot defend themselves. Its heritage stems directly from Ryan’s greatest influence, Ayn Rand, whose political philosophy elevated selfishness to the highest ideal. Indeed, in “Atlas Shrugged,” which Ryan once made his new staffers read, Rand writes, “I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”
Now, Ryan has renounced Rand, saying he was unaware that she was an atheist — but as we’ve seen, Ryan has no problem with lying. And certainly, this is a far more accurate summation of Ryan’s worldview — that we are not called to protect our fellow citizens, but rather that if you’ve got yours, to heck with anyone else.
So while Ryan told a lot of lies about Barack Obama on Wednesday, this is the worst lie he told — because Ryan knows full well that his real beliefs are anathema to the beliefs of Americans. Ryan knows that we do believe in helping the downtrodden, and caring for the meek. He also knows that if he admitted that he has no problem throwing the poor to the wolves, Americans would turn on him and on Mitt Romney. So he lies — because he dare not tell the truth.
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