U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan recently announced he will not seek re-election, and American conservatives have not shed a single tear.
Widely considered a mainstream Republican with the ability to navigate both sides of the aisle as well as stubborn ideological groups such as the Freedom Caucus, Ryan emerged as a centrist political rock star. Given today’s extreme political polarization, many would think of him as a breath of fresh air, a reasonable man in unreasonable times. That’s not how many of today’s conservative voters view his positions.
As liberals push for open borders, sanctuary cities, gun seizures, higher taxes and support for street gangs such as Antifa, many conservatives want political leadership that matches the “resist” and “obstruct” tactics of radical, extremist Democrats. As one left-leaning media outlet aptly penned a headline: “Paul Ryan is leaving because he lost the fight for the Republican soul.”
Although the opinion piece goes on to basically trash conservatives, most notably the president, the fundamental thinking holds true for many on the right. The soul of the Republican party is no longer the domain of big corporations and Washington elites. Red State voters have gotten a taste of America First policies, and they like it. Numerous reports have pointed to Speaker Ryan and Pres. Donald J. Trump clashing over policy issues.
Let’s take a look at the outgoing Speaker’s real policy legacy:
Did Paul Ryan Promote America LAST Policies?
Critics point to Ryan’s marred relationship with anti-American worker. His moves lined the pockets of multinational corporations, and favored illegal immigrants over U.S. citizens to the detriment of lower income people’s wages. These are just a smattering of the anti-populist things on Speaker Ryan’s resume.
Ryan Fought Pres. Trump’s Trade Tariffs
As the president began unveiling his strategy to level trade tariffs against countries such as China, Ryan coyly resisted. Ryan was quoted as saying: “What we’re encouraging the administration to do is to focus on what is clearly a legitimate problem and to be more surgical in its approach so that we can go after the true abusers without creating any kind of unintended consequences or collateral damage.” His support of trade agreements such as NAFTA and unwillingness to rein in unfair and illegal trade practices by China position him far afield of Conservatives today.
Ryan Tried To Push Through Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants
As the 2017, year-end spending bill was coming to a vote, Speaker Ryan reportedly attempted to slip in a piece of legislation that would provide amnesty to illegals and displace American workers. This occurred as wage-tracking began to show a significant bump for lower-income Americans. The move would have created a surplus of low-wage immigrant labor and cost hard-working Americans jobs.
Ryan Resisted Pres. Trump On Immigration Reduction
One of the key drains on American wages has been an overabundance of immigrants that are willing to work at low pay. Even though the American labor force is near what are considered full levels, allowing upwards of 1.5 million immigrants into the country each year stagnates wages. Speaker Ryan staked out his position against the merit-based system proposed by Pres. Trump when Arizona Republican Sen. Tom Cotton proposed the RAISE Act. The legislation would have cut new arrivals in half. Ryan stumped against the measure.
“I just think arbitrary cuts to legal immigration don’t take into effect the economy’s needs as the boomers are retiring,” Ryan reportedly said. “With baby boomers leaving the workforce, we’re still going to have labor shortages in certain areas and that is where a well-reformed legal immigration system should be able to make up the difference.”
Ryan’s Retirement Is The Left’s Worst Nightmare
The left has never understood what Trumpism is all about. It’s an America First amalgamation of policies that always favor U.S. citizens. In many respects, Paul Ryan was a centrist globalist who tried to balance national and international forces. It’s absolutely true that he lost the heart and soul of the Republican Party when Trump rolled back the clock and reminded everyday people that America could be great again.
Political insiders understand that Trumpism exists light years to the Right of Speaker Ryan. On a recent segment of left-leaning “The View,” John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, let a jeering audience in on a stark reality.
“Cheering kind of surprises me a little bit because Paul Ryan is a politician of an era gone by. He was one of the most powerful congressmen between 2009 and 2016, before Trumpism sort of completely took over,” McCain said. “He is a really classic conservative, and this party is the party of Trump now. People like me who are old-school conservatives, we’re really on our way out.”
“Do you know what comes in its place? Trumpism, and I assume if you don’t like Paul Ryan, you probably hate Trump more,” she said.
Yes, and today’s populists and Evangelical conservative voters will hold the door for Ryan on his way out.
~ Conservative Zone