Ryan’s bold and brilliant speech shows precisely why Gov. Romney chose him

“The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves”

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan

It didn’t take long in pro-life Paul Ryan’s terrific speech last night to see why pro-life Mitt Romney chose the congressman from Wisconsin to be his running mate. His remarks which palpably energized an already receptive convention in Tampa, Florida, were bold, unapologetic about matters of principle, and courageous.

In virtually every paragraph Ryan contrasted the Romney/Ryan governing philosophy with that of pro-abortion President Obama.

“We will not duck the tough issues, we will lead.

“We will not spend four years blaming others, we will take responsibility.

“We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles.

“The work ahead will be hard. These times demand the best of us— all of us, but we can do this. Together, we can do this.”

His speech was to pave the way for Gov. Romney’s acceptance speech Thursday night. And he did so brilliantly. In one of a series of powerfully revealing  observations, Ryan explained how

“Our different faiths come together in the same moral creed. We believe that in every life there is goodness; for every person, there is hope. Each one of us was made for a reason, bearing the image and likeness of the Lord of Life.

“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.

“Each of these great moral ideas is essential to democratic government— to the rule of law, to life in a humane and decent society. They are the moral creed of our country, as powerful in our time, as on the day of America’s founding. They are self-evident and unchanging, and sometimes, even presidents need reminding, that our rights come from nature and God, not from government.”

Earlier yesterday the Washington Post ran a story which gave further evidence, if any were needed, that Rep. Ryan has not only survived the nonstop assault by the Obama re-election team and many members of the “mainstream media,” but thrived.

“A new Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll asked Americans to say what one word comes to mind when they think about the GOP vice presidential nominee,” wrote Aaron Blake. “And people have a hard time finding negative things to say about him.”

Of the top nine words people use to describe Ryan, “none are negative, and six of the nine are positive (‘intelligent,’ ‘good,’ ‘energetic,’ ‘honest,’ etc.),” Blake noted.

The upshot of the poll was that Democratic attempts to smear Ryan as an “extremist” had utterly failed (not that they won’t keep trying). Blake concluded, “As Ryan gets ready to take the stage at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night, Republican efforts to make sure people know Ryan is a serious and respected politician and person seem to have registered more than Democratic attacks on his record.”

In his speech, Ryan addressed the unbridled assault on Mr. Romney and why, in the end, it will fail. He said

“I’m the newcomer to the campaign, so let me share a first impression. I have never seen opponents so silent about their record, and so desperate to keep their power.

“They’ve run out of ideas. Their moment came and went. Fear and division are all they’ve got left.

“With all their attack ads, the president is just throwing away money— and he’s pretty experienced at that. You see, some people can’t be dragged down by the usual cheap tactics, because their ability, character, and plain decency are so obvious— and ladies and gentlemen, that is Mitt Romney.”