From Rep. Paul Ryan’s remarks at the Value Voters summit in Washington, D.C., Sept. 14:
[President Obama’s] whole case these days is basically asking us to forget what he promised four years ago, and focus instead on his new promises. . . . But here’s the question: If Barack Obama’s promises weren’t good then, what good are they now?
If we renew the contract, we will get the same deal—with only one difference: In a second term, he will never answer to you again. In so many ways, starting with ObamaCare, re-electing this president would set in motion things that can never be called back. It would be a choice to give up so many other choices.
When all the new mandates of government-run health care come down, the last thing the regulators will want to hear is your opinion. When the Obama tax increases start coming, nobody in Washington is going to ask whether you can afford them or not.
When all the new borrowing brings our national debt to 20 trillion dollars, and then 25 trillion, nobody’s going to ask you about the debt crisis, or even help you prepare for it. . . .
We are expected to meekly submit to this fate, but I’ve got a different idea, and I’m betting that most Americans share it. I want my children to make their own choices, to define happiness for themselves, and to use the gifts that God gave them and live their lives in freedom. Say things like this, and our opponents will quickly accuse you of being, quote, “anti-government.” . . .
Our opponents even have a new motto. They say, quote, “Government is the only thing that we all belong to.” I don’t know about you, but I’ve never thought of government as something I belong to. As a matter of fact, on the seven occasions I’ve been sworn in as a Member of Congress, I have never taken an oath to the government.
This election comes down to this:
“…that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
…. or …not.
That we will stand on its head our founding philosophy so perfectly captured by President Lincoln in America’s most famous speech, ensuring
“government of the government, by the government, for the government, shall achieve dominion over American freedom and liberty.”
… or… not.
That is what this is all about.