Paul Ryan’s Catholicism Seems to be Soaking In a Bit

Paul Ryan’s Catholicism Seems to be Soaking In a Bit June 29, 2015

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  • Sue Korlan

    It would be great to see some functional Republican suggestions for helping the poor.

    • Rose Tix

      I’m not a republican, nor a member of any political party. But to help the poor, the government needs to shift to a policy of incentivizing small business. See “Small is Beautiful” by E.F. Schumacher. I’m not even saying we need to give a positive stimulus to small businesses, rather, if we remove the bureaucratic onus on small businesses (that always favor big businesses) I think we’ll see an uptick in local employment.

      Gainful employment is the ticket out of poverty, and one that is in accord with the dignity of man and work.

      • Sue Korlan

        It would be nice if employment were a way out of poverty, but in my experience most of the people who actually work, as opposed to those who oversee the workers, don’t make enough to survive and have to rely on the government for food on the table and a roof over their heads. I certainly believe in supporting small business over big business, and I agree that the laws are geared to help the big guys at the expense of the little guys. When people ask me my party I tell them Roman Catholic.

  • Artevelde

    It would of course be easy to see it all as a cynical ploy, but Paul Ryan is able to find the right words in trying to match American conservative politics with the social teaching of the church: humility, family, community, and aid offered on the path to self-reliance.

  • Jared B.

    This is exactly why I’ve always been against throwing Catholic pols like Ryan or Santorum under the bus the first time they get something wrong. Aside from resulting in a boycott of pretty much 100% of Catholic politicians under a “to whom much is given, of him will much be required” clause, it would also send a message to Catholic politicians who are trying (and inevitably failing in some areas) to apply their faith that they just shouldn’t bother.

    “You haven’t lost my support entirely…this time. But the cost of my support is that I’m not going to shut up about how your policy/position on X is wrong, and [since re-election is the guarantee that there will be a next time] you have to listen” can be a lot more effective than “You have completely lost my support because X, get lost”.

    • Jamesthelast

      Santorum totally deserves to be thrown under the bus by making a dumb comment about the Pope’s teachings. A good Catholic politician would say “hey, this is tough, maybe I’m wrong,” instead of preemptively saying that the Pope has no business to speak on X issue.

      • antigon

        Not to mention, just per accidens, that he’s keen on sacrificing Americans for yet another immoral & preemptive war against a country that poses no threat to the US.

        • Jamesthelast

          Yeah, his warmongering is certainly very troublesome.

          I don’t know why we are so obsessed with Iran in the US. Russia is a far bigger threat than Iran is. They’ve even said that they will use nuclear weapons in a conventional conflict that threatens their existence, which basically means any war with US and NATO because their military is far weaker.

          • antigon

            T’is possible Russia would refrain from such threats were NATO not keen on surrounding it, or better still, were NATO dissolved altogether since, while founded as a defensive effort, is now but an aggressive & offensive one.

            • Artevelde

              Russia simply copied NATO’s stance on ”first use of nuclear weapons” the moment her conventional forces started dwindling. It is, and was, on both sides, mere rhetoric anyway. Nuclear weapons, starting with tactical, will be used in the event of either side losing crucial ground.