By now every Republican should know the leftist playbook by heart: Any attempt to lower the burdens and breadth of government on every American is met by the fatuous accusation that the GOP is out to enslave the middle class to a life of serving millionaires and billionaires who are sailing around the world on yachts, clinking their platinum champagne glasses together, and scheming ways to build a national monument to Gordon Gekko in the heart of Times Square.
You know the drill by now, people.
Of course, such rhetoric on the part of Obama and his party is meant simply to stoke the flames of class warfare in order to build a permanent dependency on Big Government. Or as Paul Ryan put it, “the President is preying on the emotions of fear, envy, and resentment and he’s speaking to people in America as they are fixed in some class.”
But as Ryan notes, that worldview is not America; our country was formed on the prospects of equal rights, not equal results. We strive for upward mobility, not horizontal egalitarianism.
“That’s the European model. That’s the model our ancestors left to come create an opportunity society,” Ryan told HUMAN EVENTS.
So how’s the GOP doing in making the moral case for capitalism? They need more work, he says.
“We should not shy away from class warfare; we should take this head on.”
Here’s Part 2 of our interview with the 2011 “Conservative of the Year”:
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