House Speaker Paul Ryan is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous politicians in America, perhaps even moving past President Obama and Hillary Clinton when it comes to threats against our cherished way of life.
Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that Ryan, along with many in the Republican leadership, are now being forced to take off their masks and show the country that – when it comes right down to it – there isn’t as much difference between them and the Democrats as they’ve had us believe.
That’s not to say that Ryan isn’t a conservative. He is. To what degree or to what effectiveness he is can be debated, but you would have to be fairly ignorant to believe he’s a liberal.
But as we consider a future that will be endlessly darkened by the shadow of Islamic terrorism, it’s not enough to point to your fiscal bona fides. It’s not enough to give speeches that sound like edited versions of speeches Obama could have given. It’s not enough to stand up there and talk about vague concepts of “American values” when millions of Americans are legitimately afraid for their lives.
On Sunday, Ryan once again went out of his way to criticize Donald Trump. “I obviously don’t support the Muslim ban,” he said in a CBS interview. “I do not think we should have a religious test on people who come into this country. I believe in the First Amendment, I believe in religious freedom, I believe in religious liberty.”
But these are just empty words, and, frankly, you could slap these particular sentiments on Obama’s teleprompter tomorrow without changing a thing. And since we’re talking about a president who has been nearly treasonous in his failure to address Islamic terrorism, that should greatly worry Republican voters.
We have a chance in November to take this country in a new direction, free from the politically-correct chains that have kept us weak for far too long. If we lose that chance due to establishment Republicans like Paul Ryan, we can and must hold them accountable.