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Limbaugh: The Ryan Vision - Let's Get This Done

By David Limbaugh

The Democrats and their mainstream media cheering section can huff and puff at Paul Ryan's convention speech, but they can't blow his house down. It was built on a solid foundation.

So powerful was the speech that the liberal establishment is reduced to wailing about alleged lies the speech contained -- dishonest and easily refuted allegations. Ryan delivered a substantive indictment of the Obama administration's failed record and a content-rich, realistic plan for putting this nation back on track to economic growth and fiscal recovery, a plan that includes "protecting and strengthening" Medicare, not "raiding" it.

Don't listen to the naysayers. Ryan began with a humble acceptance of his "calling" and "duty" to help restore America. His message was positive. "I know we can do this," he said, not dwelling on the malaise in which Obama's disastrous policies have placed us but offering a specific blueprint to deliver us from this quicksand.

He carried forward this same theme throughout the speech: He said that when he accepted the nomination, he told Mitt Romney, "Let's get this done"; and in closing the speech, he converted the slogan into a formal offer to the American people, promising that if elected, he and Romney would put America back on a path to fiscal redemption.

Ryan offered a succinct but irrefutable critique of Obama's economic record: 23 million unemployed or underemployed, 1 in 6 Americans living in poverty and one-half of college graduates unable to find work they've studied for or any work at all.

More importantly, he emphasized that Obama has no new ideas to deliver us from this quagmire. Under a second Obama term, nothing would change -- Obamanomics being but a ship trying to sail on yesterday's wind.

Obama's grandiose stimulus plan, involving "the largest one-time expenditure of the federal government," not only didn't work to create jobs but also took us into deeper debt. The money wasn't "just spent and wasted; it was borrowed, spent and wasted." Instead of giving us the jobs we needed, he forced Obamacare on us against our will, and he gave us Solyndra and its ilk -- replete with corporate welfare, political patronage, cronyism and "make-believe markets." Indeed.

Obama's stimulus debacle was a microcosm -- albeit a gargantuan one -- of the ideas that Obama has advanced and that Romney and Ryan would reject in favor of America's founding ideals. Ryan was eloquent in articulating the contrast. Under Obama, he said, the government has tried to divide up wealth. Under Romney and Ryan, Americans -- not government -- would create wealth.

Ryan expanded on the contrast, saying that Obama sees America as a place where everyone is stuck in some class or station in life, victims of circumstances beyond their control, with government there to help them cope with their fate.

The new administration, he assured us, would give us the exact opposite -- a land where government is limited (to 20 percent of gross domestic product) and liberty is championed. He weaved in the story of his own family experiences and his mother -- his "role model" -- to personalize the point. He urged us not to buy Obama's message and record of despair and to reject the stifling notion that we can't do any better -- ideas wholly inconsistent with Ryan's personal experiences and the lessons his parents taught him.

Ryan said, in essence, "How dare you tell me and other Americans we have to accept whatever circumstances we find ourselves in and not try to improve our lots in life?" He said, "I was on my own path, my own journey, an American journey where I could think for myself, decide for myself and define happiness for myself." In other words, in the America in which Ryan grew up and that he and Romney will try to restore, no government and no politician will predefine limits on economic growth and individual liberties -- above all, the pursuit of happiness.

Ryan said that the American dream is grounded in freedom, not a planned economy in which equal outcomes are sought in lieu of equal opportunity. He underscored not simply that central planning doesn't work but that it's morally inferior, contrary to the claims and "sanctimony" of its leftist proponents.

Ryan promised that they would lead on the tough issues and be men of action -- rather than of endless empty rhetoric -- and would spend the next four years not blaming others but taking responsibility. They would immediately end the current administration's practice of replacing our founding principles and begin to reapply those principles.

Obama tells us that Republicans want a smaller America, but as Ryan conclusively demonstrated in his speech, it is Obama who envisions a limited, anemic America with a finite pie, incapable of a robust economic future.

In Romney and Ryan's America -- as in Ronald Reagan's, Jack Kemp's and Condoleezza Rice's -- "it doesn't matter where you came from; it matters where you're going."


David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book, "The Great Destroyer," was on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction for six weeks. Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at


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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    August 31, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    Romney and Ryan have now given America choices, not rhetoric. Get it done and get it done well,,,or continue to get economically cooked and burnt beyond well done and gone. We now have a choice between men of action and men of just words followed by no action, men who know how to build American wealth and those who can only consume that which others have already build and claim the impersonal credit and ownership of other’s hard earned personal property and successes in life. It is a choice between the workers and the slackers, the men of self-worth and the men of self-interest and selfish worthless words, the men who preach independence, and the men who are preachers of dependency on them, the choice between bakers of economic pies and consumers of economic pies. This is one pie fight we cannot afford to lose. The pie throwing three stooges branches of Executive, Senate, and House may have proved entertaining, but the cost of this comedy is too much to bear. We need men of sober minds, and workable ideas and need to get the cooks out of the kitchen who can’t stand the heat of reality and real solutions.

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  2. wedeyComment by wedey
    August 31, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    I listened to every speech at the convention. Some were very dull like Mitch McConnel but most were outstanding. I loved Susanah Martinez, Ann Romney, Artur Davis, Mia Love, Marco,
    and the Bain people who actually talked about the good that Bain has done, over 80% success. (Obama, don’t you wish you could say that about the green energy stimulus money.And bragging about GM, well they are in financial trouble again and it has only been a couple of years). And one of my favorite parts was the people who had ill children and how compassionate and caring Mitt was with no fanfare. I missed Sarah Palin though.

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  3. thferretComment by thferret
    August 31, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    “The Democrats and their mainstream media cheering section can huff and puff at Paul Ryan’s convention speech …”

    What about your own people that are huffing and puffing over Ryan’s speech? Fox News, every reporter who was covering the convention …

    Every one of them stated that his speech had misstatements in it. Fox News went as far as to say that Ryan was attempting to break the world record at blatant lies.

    “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth” – Joseph Goebbels

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    • texaynComment by texayn
      August 31, 2012 @ 9:36 am

      politics of hallucination…

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    • SnowyComment by Mona
      August 31, 2012 @ 9:53 am

      The so-called fact checkers were lying.

      Look here for links to the facts that support what Paul Ryan said in his speech.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      August 31, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

      When the Big Bad media comes huffing and puffing it will be the Socialist progressive Pigs who built their house out of words and straw that gets eaten while the Romney/Ryans sit warm and snug in their house of bricks.

      Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Media,,,Not Romney nor Ryan.

      THHHHHHATs all folks,,,,,,, for Obama,,,,and his strawmen scarecrows too.

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  4. texaynComment by texayn
    August 31, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    The best message of the convention is that the Republican Party is changing. It is not your fathers Republican Party. Fight it, dislike it…the tea party is having it’s influence and there is no figure head to castigate for it! The times…they are a’changin! Hallelujah! baby steps…

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    • thferretComment by thferret
      August 31, 2012 @ 9:54 am

      Yeh it’s changing. They’ve gone so far right that they’re falling over. God forbid if it was Eisenhower’s or Roosevelt’s GOP.

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    • ptbaaComment by ptbaa
      August 31, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

      Really thferret? Wasn’t the Eisenhower GOP the one that created the military/industrial complex you people railed against in the sixties? You really want to go back to that?

      We’ve gone so far right (read: correct) that we are standing tall for the principles upon which this republic (no, it’s not a democracy) was founded, not falling (all) over ourselves to spread the misery around like you’se guys.

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  5. mercyComment by mercy
    August 31, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    November NOVEMBER gonna be a blow out. The socialists are gonna be left wide eyed & crying.

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    • thferretComment by thferret
      August 31, 2012 @ 10:08 am

      The socialists might, but the Democrats sure as hell aren’t!

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    • rosecoatsComment by rosecoats
      August 31, 2012 @ 10:39 am

      Obammunists, step aside. Your days are numbered.

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  6. equalityComment by equality
    August 31, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

    Give me a break. What a ridiculous column. I am embarressed by the Ryan speech. Not just for the republican party but for the country as well. When we openly lie and misrepresent the opposition, guess who win??? It’s always the opposition. With that said almost every publication, blog and fact checker have identified Ryan as a bald *** liar who misrepresented his own statements and knowingly lied on this key address. He and the right wing of the republican party are the problem not the solution.

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    • ptbaaComment by ptbaa
      August 31, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

      Really equality? Give you a break? Obamanation has already done that. Rather than stopping the rise of the oceans, he has taken a wounded economy, given you a broken economy and enslaved a whole generation (or two) to pay for his deficit spending.

      Ridiculous column? Of course! Liberals always find facts and logic ridiculous.

      And, yes you should be embarrassed by the Ryan speech. But, neither for the Republican party nor the country. Rather for your own self and your minions. The Democrat party and its subset, the lame stream media, have taken misrepresenting the opposition to an art form. And you yourself have alleged that when that happens the opposition always wins. I pray you are correct on that point.

      And yes, almost every left-wing (oh, sorry you left that part out, didn’t you?) publication, blog and fact checker identified Ryan as a bold faced liar… What a shocker, stop the presses! The left thinks someone who wants to restore this country to its once proud and lofty state as a haven for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is a problem! Who’d have thunk it?

      Equality, you and the rest of your Star Wars storm troopers (yes they were all equal weren’t they) do have a problem, it is your egalitarian utopian pipe dream. Give me liberty and opportunity any time. You can have your equal misery.

      There is none so blind as one who will not see.

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  7. CharieComment by Charie
    August 31, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    equality, (fair?) your post is ridiculous. I checked two of the 5 supposed lies that have been going around about Paul and everything he said was true.

    Look, we know your Messiah hasn’t done anything but harm to this country since he got into office so the troll squad has been sent out with their little spin machines to do the dirty work.

    You might at least have the courage to give a source to prove your assertions but you won’t because those who lives under bridges and rocks seldom do. The last troll I came across was using for her source. Bwaahahahahahahahaha! Good grief, you Obama people must be sick in the head.

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