Paul Ryan gets it. As he said to a cheering crowd, “America is more than just a place, though. America is an idea. It’s the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not from government.”
Can I get a “Halleljuah, Brother Paul!”?
He continued with an obvious sincerity and emotion: “That’s who we are. That’s how we built this country. That’s what made us great. That’s our founding. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes. And this idea was founded on the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination, and government by consent of the governed.”
Ryan promised that he and Romney “won’t duck the tough issues; we will lead. We won’t blame others; we will take responsibility. And we won’t replace our founding principles; we will reapply them.”
It was remarkable to hear the audience respond when Paul Ryan asked rhetorically “what kind of people do we want to be?” They yelled in near-unison “free!”
Ryan continued “we can turn this thing around. But it will take leadership and the courage to tell you the truth…Together we will unite America and get this done!“
It reminds me that one possible downside of Romney’s choice of running mate is how many Republicans will wish that their roles were reversed!