Religious Conservatives Not Sold On Romney-Ryan

As Jeff Fecke rightly notes, Mitt Romney’s decision to chose Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate was all about shoring up the conservative base. But the problem for Romney is that the conservative base is splintering with much of the Republican establishment and a Ryan pick will likely only exacerbate that split. In fact, we’re seeing the beginnings of that now.

At least one Catholic newspaper has gone so far as to argue that President Barack Obama is more “pro-life” than Romney and Ryan. Nicholas P. Cafardi at the National Catholic Reporter writes:

There is no doubt Obama is pro-choice. He has said so many times. There is also no doubt Romney is running on what he calls a pro-life platform. But any honest analysis of the facts shows the situation is much more complicated than that.

For example, Obama’s Affordable Care Act does not pay for abortions. In Massachusetts, Romney’s health care law does. Obama favors, and included in the Affordable Care Act, $250 million of support for vulnerable pregnant women and alternatives to abortion. This support will make abortions much less likely, since most abortions are economic. Romney, on the other hand, has endorsed Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan’s budget, which will cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of the federal plans that support poor women. The undoubted effect: The number of abortions in the United States will increase. On these facts, Obama is much more pro-life than Romney.

Ryan’s devotion to noted Athiest Ayn Rand has riled up the religious right as well. American Values Network reissued a 60-second TV spot from a year ago  “Ryan & Rand vs Jesus” along with its groundbreaking memo, “Ryan & Rand vs. Christianity: A Fight for the Soul of America” as soon as the Ryan announcement happened.
AVN’s ad, which features clips of Paul Ryan posted on facebook praising Rand’s morality and talking about the need for more people in DC to follow her teachings, also highlights the wide support for Rand within the Republican party.  The video intersperses quotes from actual interviews Rand gave in which she said she is “against God,” and the “creator of a new code of morality . . . not based on faith,” with praise for her from prominent GOP and conservative leaders.  Rep. Ryan is quoted as saying, “Ayn Rand, more than anyone else, did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism.”

“Ayn Rand’s anti-Christian teachings are anathema to what most Americans believe.  And yet she is the inspiration cited by Mitt Romney’s newly-minted running mate for entering politics, and the fingerprints of her heartless philosophy are found throughout his budget,” said Eric Sapp, Executive Director of American Values Network in a statement to the press.  “Ayn Rand’s America is not the one most parents would want to raise their children in, and the choice of her most vocal acolyte on the Republican ticket just created a major opportunity for Democrats with evangelical and Catholic voters.”

Make no mistake about it, Paul Ryan votes like a religious conservative. But religious conservatives don’t seem convinced he’s really one of them. If that’s the case, will they turn out in November? If this ad is any indication, the answer will be no.


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Michael G.
Michael T6 years ago

Oh looky look.

Another great day here on Care 2 as paul b gets the snot slapped out of him by intelligent folks who see his gamester tricks for what they are, and the vacuous assertions he makes. Well done folks. Handfuls of green stars for one and all!!!

J N.
jorge N6 years ago

To a lot of us, God is the Supreme creator of all things past present and future in the universe.
That is all. It s the only way why there is a perfect arrangement of all the known elements .
God is an spiritual and omnipotent being, and not made of bone and flesh!! Did anyone asked them about this?

Daniel D.
Daniel D6 years ago

@Wendy: That doesn't mean too much. The Church of Satan is like a lot of "left-handed" religions - it's an anti-establishment thing, rather like the dozens of teenage boys who read Atlas Shrugged and become objectivists for a few weeks until they realize just how batshit nuts Ayn Rand is. LaVey (as with most self-proclaimed Satanists) was less evil and more attention whore, I'm pretty sure.

Wendy Schroeder
Wendy Schroeder6 years ago

Anton LaVey, who founded the 'Church of Satan' likes Ayn Rand too.

Michael G.
Michael T6 years ago

In medical terminology Benjamin, placing the letter a or an in front of a word means the absence of the word that follows. Anesthesia means the absence of thesia which is sensation. Atypical means not typical.

Sam Harris in his videos (YouTube) doesn't like being called an atheist for a variety of reasons.
He doesn't wake up each day claiming he is an anastrologist, or an acarnivore, or an aherbivore.

Being came before believing. Theism did not come first. So there is no need to call me an atheist or even an agnostic. Gnosis means seeking knowledge. Being agnostic doesn't mean you are not seeking knowledge, though theists would like you to believe such.

We are not apisteu or acredo (absence of belief in Greek and Latin)

Benjamin P.
Benjamin Pyke6 years ago

Just one little note: Ayn Rand was an atheist, not an Athiest. If athiest were a word, "the athiest" would mean someone who is athier than anyone else.

Little A.
Little A6 years ago

Remember USSR and Maoist China? Forcibly removing a lifestyle never added to freedom or safety. Both Romney and Ryan aren't religious. In fact, I think Ryan is a Beast in sheep's clothing.

Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

Paul troll's rants are quite funny if we really analyze them. He states, they, Democrats/Liberals have no morals. That coming from tea party ultra religious conservatives who trash and burn anyone and everything that disagrees with them. Actually it is Moderates and Liberals who have passed legislation that gives more help to the poor, that gives better wages and benefits to the middle class, the G.I. bill, health care for everyone, help for women and children. But Paul's ending line tells it all. Romney and Ryan understand. Period. "No further discussion needed." Of course, He knows it all.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm6 years ago

Michael M, I agree the Rs politicians are platen a horribly dirty game at this point in history.
According to Paul thats ok as long as they think their moral path is lined up.

Politics in general is full of lies so Libs do some of it too. The point of my post is that Paul comes in here with his sanctimonious, moral compass and smugly superior attitude and acts like his side is superior.

Nelson Petrie
Nelson Petrie6 years ago

Ryan and Romney religious? Who says? They are just a pack of greedy, profit-loving clowns who will do anything to rake up the big bucks for their kitty. Of course, the religious conservatives, particularly the conservative evangelicals and most Roman Catholics, are in truth, a bunch of idiots. The evangelicals, especially the southern fundamentalists, are educationally incomplete. They prefer creationist theories (or allegories) to matters more scientific and factual.Religious conservatives back the pro-lifers to the hilt. These religious conservative, to put it mildly will pull back American several generations behind and would turn America into a 'Christian Taliban' nation. Think of this before you vote in November!