Paul Ryan: Weird and Elitist Tool of Big Capitalism



There’s going to be a very serious attempt — in fact, signs of it have already appeared — to depict Congressman Paul Ryan (shown wearing a red baseball cap in the photo above) as a callous and out-of-touch shill for the top one-percent who wants to hurt poor and middle-income Americans and abuse senior citizens.  He’ll be portrayed as having no empathy whatever for ordinary Americans, no feeling for the other 99%, some of whom are shown in the following fifteen photographs:

















“God bless them,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said of the Occupy Wall Street movement, “for their spontaneity.  It’s independent . . . it’s young, it’s spontaneous, and it’s focused. And it’s going to be effective. . . .  The message of the protesters is a message for the establishment everyplace.”



Weird, heartless wack-jobs like Paul Ryan, though — in the photo above, he’s apparently torturing one of Santa’s flying reindeer — have absolutely nothing in common with ordinary Americans.  Instead, he consorts with dangerous fruitcake fanatics like the so-called “Tea Party,” shown in the three chilling photographs immediately below:



In 2009, when she was serving as Speaker of the House, Ms. Pelosi  called members of the Tea Party “astroturf,” labeled them “un-American” – and, after all, what could possibly be less American than resistance to expanding government and high taxes? — and revealed that they were “carrying swastikas.”  Vice President Joe Biden compared them to “terrorists.”


Referring to such working-class bizarros in old industrial towns deeply injured by job losses, then presidential candidate Barack Obama (speaking, he thought, privately to some wealthy donors) said in 2008: “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”


ABC’s Brian Ross linked them to the recent massacre in Aurora, Colorado.  Many commentators on the left linked them to the shooting of Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords and seventeen others in Tucson, Arizona.  Half a century earlier, liberals blamed John F. Kennedy’s assassination on conservatives in Texas, and some still seem to be doing it.   (See this, also.)  Unfortunately, James Holmes seems to be a fairly apolitical loon; Jared Lee Loughner appears to be, albeit rather confusedly, on the political left; and Lee Harvey Oswald was a Communist who had even, for a time, defected to the Soviet Union.




But no matter.  Paul Ryan (who is shown below with some ordinary Americans whom he most likely captured on the same violent, testosterone-driven hunting expedition during which he murdered Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer) is an obvious extremist who doesn’t care about our nation’s women and children.


Do you notice, by the way, how the darkness naturally gathers about him in the photograph below?



I can hardly wait for the substantive and mature political discourse to begin!


Edited to add:  Apparently I need to clarify that, while my point is serious — that Paul Ryan is going to be, indeed already is being, demonized as a dangerous extremist by people who themselves have a history of being cozy with real extremists (I haven’t even mentioned Frank Marshall Davis, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, etc.) — it was not intended as an academic treatise on public affairs, an essay in political philosophy, or a dispassionate and non-partisan news report.  It’s a blog entry, for heaven’s sake.  And it was meant to be just a bit cheeky.  A tad provocative.  I have, or at least imagine myself to have, a sense of humor.  But there are, so far as I’m aware, no inaccuracies in the statements attributed to Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Biden, Mr. Obama, et al.  At least one reader has been confused, and I believe it’s my responsibility to clear up confusion.


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  • Strategoi

    When I read your monologue about Obama the Messiah, I just about died from laughter. I was hoping for a little bit more of this from your blog.


    • danpeterson

      You want more laughter? I’ll try to supply it. Trouble is, when a person is really TRYING to be funny, it often doesn’t work. So I’ll try not to try to try. We’ll see how that goes.

  • Good Will

    As quoted from Vox Day’s blog “Vox Popoli”….

    Facts about Ryan:

    -Voted YES on TARP (2008)
    -Voted YES on Economic Stimulus HR 5140 (2008)
    -Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
    -Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
    -Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
    -Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
    -Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
    -Voted YES on Head Start Act (2007)
    -Voted YES on No Child Left Behind Act (2001)
    -Voted YES on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
    -Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
    -Voted YES on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
    -Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
    -Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
    -Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
    -Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)

    Ryan supports the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, federal bailouts, increased federal involvement in education, unconstitutional and undeclared wars, Medicare Part D (a multi trillion dollar unfunded liability), stimulus spending, and foreign aid.

    Ryan gave a hysterical speech in the rush to pass TARP last fall. He voted for the auto bailout. And, voted with the Barney Frank-Nancy Pelosi AIG bonus-bashing stampede.

    It’s hard to get excited about someone who believes rushing over a cliff at 40 mph is preferable to shooting off at 60 mph.

    • Raymond Takashi Swenson

      So is it your belief that the US should have reacted to the 9/11 attacks and the information about weapons of mass destruction being worked on by Saddam Hussein by NOT doing anything? And by the way, since you noted that Ryan voted to authorize attacking Afghanistan and Iraq, exactly how are those “undeclared” wars?

      “No child left behind” was an effort to leverage Federal aid to improve school standards across the country. The biggest problem is that it funnelled money through the existing damaged public school systems. If it were instead focused on alternatives, like charter schools and vouchers for private schools, parents could assume the burden of assessing school quality and vote with their feet, without the need for a uniform national test. Private school assessmentnservices coyld come into existence to rate schools and gather information for parents, including reviews bynsatusfied or dissatisfied parents. But that us further than most people, even in conservative Utah, are willing to go.

      • Fred Kratz

        The problem with the invasion of Iraq after 9/11 was that it was based on a false premise sold to Congress and our citizens by think tanks and the industrial military complex, which has totally redefined our national defense strategy since WWII. It is about unfunded wars following 9/11 which have burdened our Nation with debt and caused the loss of life of many innocent civilians while maintaining an aggressive military strategy we can no longer afford. If you are interested, have a look at this documentary:

  • Kent G. Budge

    “It’s hard to get excited about someone who believes rushing over a cliff at 40 mph is preferable to shooting off at 60 mph.”

    Do you actually know someone who believes rushing over a cliff at 40 mph is not preferable to shooting off at 60 mph?

  • Steve Funk

    I have been a fan of yours for years now. You are brilliant, definitely one of the smartest men I know and this made me laugh out loud! Thank you!

    • danpeterson

      “Aw, shucks,” he says, looking awkwardly at his feet. “it weren’t nuthin.”

  • Steve Funk

    A while back you came and spoke in Ranch Cucamonga, and I heard about it 2 days later! So sad, when will you be back in the IE???? My wife almost got me tickets to the Fair conference for my birthday, but couldn’t make it.

    • danpeterson

      I have no plans to be there any time soon, but I’m a Californian, born and bred, and hope to be in and out of the state often for the foreseeable future.

      Thanks for the kind note.

  • christine

    it might be justifyable by the information at hand to rush off the cliff at 60MPH /but when do you figure out that your info was wrong and anyway,,,,it were GREAT to get that a*hole Saddam. Now get Assad. at 20 MpH