Last week, the GOP held the Republican National Convention (RNC) and officially declared Mitt Romney as its nominee for the 2012 presidential election. The RNC should have been a great opportunity for the Republican Party to defend its views in a bold and honest manner. They could have seized the chance to coherently provide logical arguments as to why President Barack Obama does not deserve re-election.
However, they did not take advantage of their moment.
U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, was the epitome of this travesty. His keynote speech placed the fact checkers on overtime, causing them to debunk several of the misleading lies and distortions brought forth by the congressman.
He declared that Obama broke a promise to keep a General Motors plant open in Wisconsin, but it closed a month before he took office. Ryan claimed that Obama cut $716 billion from Medicare, but those were savings that did not impact patients. He stated that Obama was to blame for the nation’s credit downgrade, despite the Republican Party refusing to pass a debt ceiling deal before deadline, resulting in Standard and Poor’s downgrade. Note that this is an issue that courses through the veins of the Republican Party, as the obstructionism of the dissenting libertarian opinions by Ron Paul supporters made perfectly clear.
I could go on, but the point remains: Ryan has caught himself within a web of lies that not even Fox News believes. Unfortunately, Ryan’s popularity rides on this deception. It is the type of intellectual dishonesty and polarizing dialogue that may win votes for an election but hampers honest and factual debate on the most important societal issues that the country currently faces. Instead of an election that is based on real issues, Paul Ryan and his team have chosen to steer voters toward erroneous talking points.
The Romney campaign famously declared that they would not be “dictated by factcheckers.” They may not get their facts from nonpartisan research groups, yet Republicans have allowed the radical Tea Party to dictate their own version of reality.
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