"Janesville's own Paul Ryan was brilliantly selected to be Gov. Romney's running mate"
"Janesville's own Paul Ryan was brilliantly selected to be Gov. Romney's running mate" - let's have a healthy and civil debate of issues in political campaigns follow-up.
TODAY I am following-up on my appeal for a healthy and civil debate of issues in political campaigns this fall, as I post a guest post to experiment to demonstrate WALKING the talk. I can assure READERS TODAY that "JOSHUA SPEED" and I are MUCH interested in your comments.
Yesterday I posted “Voters deserve campaign focused on the issues." I was surprised by the CIVILITY of the comments! Were YOU? Today then, I am experimenting with a demonstration of WALKING the talk with this post today.
I invited a very good colleague & friend of mine who has political values and commitments different from mine. For MANY years we have maintained a healthy and civil debate of significant public policy issues. I believe that our communications complemented by our friendship demonstrate the quality of communications and relationships which I believe should be demonstrated by all citizens of our republics (yes, plural – USA and WI), including our politicians.
I had years of experience in Washington, DC when I experienced that quality of communications and friendships on Capitol Hill and in my undergraduate (School of International Service) and graduate (School of International Service and Wesley Theological Seminary) at The American University complemented by MOST of the 30 years I traveled on field study with my WASHINGTON SEMINAR which started in 1973. Having had that experience, I am baffled as to WHY those qualities no longer permeate our political culture. What is YOUR analysis?
I am excited to introduce to YOU – the readers of my WE THE PEOPLE blog – my colleague and friend who is being identified by his pen name, “JOSHUA SPEED.” YOU may want to learn more about Joshua Speed – a very close friend of Abraham Lincoln from their meeting in Springfield, IL in 1837 until Lincoln was assassinated on April 15, 1865 – so close friendship through 28 years. IF SO, you can use this link to Wikipedia’s article “Joshua Speed.”
My friend is a native of Janesville, WI where he lives with his wife and children. He and his family are active citizens in their church and community at-large. I would identify them as a VERY HEALTHY family. I would rate the integrity of my friend as 99.44% pure. (Why not 100%? I know that the Apostle Paul asserts that we are ALL pressing on toward the mark…”)
The following rest of this WE THE PEOPLE blog post is the text as submitted to me by my friend. I KNOW that both “Joshua Speed” (the author) and I look forward to reading your comments. Know that we both ask you to make your comments part of a healthy and civil discussion, please. Thanks!
Here we go…
What We Are Voting For in 2012 - Turning This Nation Around
As I rode back from the Romney/Ryan rally in Waukesha with my son Sunday night, I was thinking about what this years' election is ultimately about. The answer is....him. He and his three siblings, and my friends' kids, and their entire generation, as well as the generations that will follow them. They are what your 2012 decision should be based on. The 2012 election will ask Americans to choose between four years of failed policies and little to no leadership, or a once-in-a-generation opportunity to turn this country around and steer us back on a path to prosperity.
Janesville's own Paul Ryan was brilliantly selected to be Gov. Romney's running mate this past weekend. He is a man of unparalleled character who genuinely cares about his constituents, their families, and their future as Americans. This is a man who has served us with integrity since his election in 1998, and has done a great job. He has served as the Chairman of the House Budget Committee and has done an outstanding job there. I think Congressman Ryan would have stayed in his role as the Budget Chairman if the nation was not in such a perilous position. He has jumped into this race to help Americans even more than he could as a Congressman, and my family and I are thankful to him for doing so. We should be honored that he is ready to make all of the American people his constituents.
America is losing its' way my friends. The nation of hard work being rewarded and of the people telling the government what to do has gone astray. Instead, we live in a society of people who believe that any upward mobility in their lives will be given to them by their government, and not their God-given talents. We live in a society where too many feel the government should tell us what to do and are content living in a cradle to grave nanny state. This type of government is going to bankrupt our government and lead to a time in history where what we hand down to the next generation will be less than what we were handed down from the previous generation. That my friends is not what America is about. This mentality needs to stop and Romney/Ryan will be the team to stop it!
FDR said that if a nation becomes too dependent on it’s' government, that it produces a “spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber." We are there now. FDR never intended for the New Deal programs to become a lifestyle. They were a short term fix that has led to a long term problem. We need to stop depending on government, and go back to depending on ourselves. Romney/Ryan will produce economic policies which will lead to job growth which will stop the cycle of dependency and restore America to its place as the shining example for the world to follow. Congressman Ryan has said that it will take leadership to turn our nation around, and that he and Gov. Romney will not shrink from this responsibility. I believe in both of them to do so and can't wait for November 6th to help them do it.
John Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Waukesha and an advocate for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.