John W. Eyster: Ryan, Trump meeting has high stakes

 

Watching for the reports about the private meeting between SPEAKER PAUL RYAN (R – WI #1, Janesville) and PRESUMPTIVE GOP NOMINEE DONALD TRUMP scheduled today.  I see this as a very significant meeting with very high stakes possibilities.

The Washington Post’s David A. Fahrenthold asked in a feature article yesterday, “Has Donald Trump stolen Paul Ryan’s Party out from under him?”

Fahrenthold grabbed my attention with his introduction for his article, “Five years ago, Rep. Paul Ryan stood on the House floor, assured of victory. ‘This is our defining moment,’ he said.

“Onthat dayin 2011, the House’s new GOP majority approved Ryan’s budget plan — which, in defiance of all political instincts, called for cuts in a government program that voters knew and loved: Medicare. Ryan (R-Wis.), worried about debt, wanted eventually to turn the massive health-benefit program over to private insurers.

“At the time, one particular Republican objected loudly and publicly. But he was nobody important — just the host of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice.’

“’What he did is political suicide for the Republican Party,’ Donald Trumpsaid in an interview recently dug up by Mother Jones.

“Today, Ryan — now speaker — still has the House. But Trump, it appears, has the party.”

What do you think?  I’m interested in your comments!

On Tuesday, Ruth Marcus, a columnist for The Washington Post, specializing in American politics and domestic policy, offer Paul Ryan the speech he might give to recuse himself from supporting Donald Trump.  I read that suggested speech with much appreciation.  While I do not agree with Paul Ryan on most policy issues, I do fully respect him as a person of real ethnical commitment who is a devoted husband and father involved with his family at home in Janesville, WI.  I do believe that Sarah Palin’s “threat” to Paul Ryan is more “crazy talk.”  She does NOT really know Paul Ryan and she does NOT know our House District #1  in WI.

I urge you to read Ruth Marcus column, “How Paul Ryan could recuse himself from supporting Donald Trump”

Ruth Marcus suggests that Paul Ryan start his address,

“My fellow Republicans, my fellow Americans:

“I stand before you today with a heavy heart, to say that I cannot in good conscience support the man my party appears to have chosen to be its nominee for the presidency.

“As a result, I will be asking Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to release me from the role of serving as convention chairman in Cleveland. I respect the views of the millions of voters in Republican primaries and caucuses who backed Donald Trump. I applaud his seeming ability to amass the requisite 1,237 delegates. I simply cannot preside over this choice and gavel this nomination into being.

“This is an extraordinary statement, but this is an extraordinary moment. As you know, there were many candidates for the Republican nomination. I agreed with some more than others; I thought some would be stronger choices than others; but I could have supported any of them.

“Except Donald Trump. I was not being coy when Isaidlast week that I was not yet ready to support Mr. Trump. I was being hopeful that he would moderate his too-often intemperate tone and hopeful that he would offer reassurance about his too-often malleable political convictions.

“Unfortunately, he has done neither. His actions and words in the interim — in just these past few days — have served only to deepen my reservations about what a Trump nomination would mean for our party — and, more important , what a Trump presidency would mean for our nation.

“Instead of moving to unify the party, instead of ascending to a higher plane of public discourse, instead of tapping voters’ frustration to channel that understandable fury into solutions, Mr. Trump has doubled down on unhealthy anger and unfounded accusations.”

I agree with Ruth’s analysis of the attitudes and behaviors of Trump which Paul Ryan could identify.  She identifies Paul Ryan’s convictions and how they are at odds with Trump’s statements.  I would assert that a key point is the fiscal item she describes.  “On the fiscal front alone, Trump has pledged not to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. But a leading challenge for the next president will be to get entitlement spending under control. Nothing Mr. Trump has said indicates he understands that imperative, much less has a plan to deal with it.”

Ruth concludes a suggested testimony by Paul Ryan which I know reflects his very sincerely held stance vis-à-vis the GOP:  “I believe in the Republican Party. I love the Republican Party. I cannot participate in putting this man at its helm.”

What is your reaction to Ruth’s suggestion for Paul Ryan?

I know PAUL RYAN to be a person of moral integrity and principles.  I pray for him the courage to stand up for his principles.  I believe PAUL RYAN could well become another “PROFILE IN COURAGE” in the lineage of the persons studied in John F. Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of short biographies describing acts of bravery and integrity by eight U.S. Senators through the Senate’s history.

What do you think?  Hoping you will comment.  I’ll be reading.

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