GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan gave a stirring stemwinder of a speech Wednesday night. At times motivational, at times a stinging indictment of President Obama’s economic policies, Congressman Ryan’s speech kept the crowd on the edge of their seats at all times.
Early in the speech, Congressman Ryan issued this indictment:
My own state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it. Especially in Janesville where we were about to lose a major factory. A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that G.M. plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said, “I believe that if our government is there to support you, this plant will be here for another 100 years.”
That’s what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day.
This is brilliant speechwriting. Ryan’s speechwriter used then-candidate Obama’s campaign promises against President Obama twice. First, this is a reminder that President Obama’s economic policies have failed. The empty plant is a reminder of that. Second, it’s a reminder that President Obama made lots of promises that he didn’t keep.
There’s nothing more devastating to a candidate than to lose the voters’ trust.
The next count in the indictment was the stimulus:
It went to companies like Solyndra, with their gold-plated connections, subsidized jobs and make believe markets. The stimulus was a case of political patronage, corporate welfare anachronism at their worst.
That paragraph is a reminder that President Obama’s economic policies failed and that his policies were based on who raised the most money for President Obama. This is the question President Obama can’t answer:
So here’s the question, without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?
With almost $2,000,000,000,000 worth of cash sitting on the sidelines, businesses have sent the signal that they won’t start creating jobs until President Obama’s policies are repealed. Expect the Ryan-Romney ticket to hit President Obama with this question every day from now until Election Day.
Easily the most touching momemt came when he talked about his mom:
My Mom started a small business, and I’ve seen what it takes. Mom was 50 when my Dad died. She got on a bus every weekday for years, and rode 40 miles each morning to Madison.
She earned a new degree and learned new skills to start her small business. It wasn’t just a new livelihood. It was a new life. And it transformed my Mom from a widow in grief to a small businesswoman whose happiness wasn’t just in the past. Her work gave her hope. It made our family proud.
And to this day, my Mom is my role model.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the hall, including Ryan’s. What happened immediately after that, though, hit home hard:
And if small business people say they made it on their own, all they are saying is that nobody else worked seven days a week in their place. Nobody showed up in their place to open the door at five in the morning. Nobody did their thinking, and worrying, and sweating for them.
After all that work, and in a bad economy, it sure doesn’t help to hear from their president that government gets the credit. What they deserve to hear is the truth: Yes, you did
President Obama’s “You didn’t build that” statement in Roanoke, VA, is literally the gift that keeps giving. President Obama’s subsequent explanations haven’t had any effect. Gov. Romney and Congressman Ryan have pounded, proverbially speaking, President Obama over the head with that statement since Friday, July 13.
The closing to Congressman Ryan’s speech was powerful. Here’s part of Congressman Ryan’s closing statement:
College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.
Everyone — everyone who feels stuck in the Obama economy is right to focus on the here and now. And I hope you understand this too, if you’re feeling left out or passed by: You have not failed, your leaders have failed you.
None of us — none of us have to settle for the best this administration offers, a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us.
Listen to the way we’re already spoken to — listen to the way we are spoken to already, as if everyone is stuck in some class or station in life, victims of circumstances beyond our
control, with government there to help us cope with our fate.
After watching that speech, people will have a difficult time remembering that Congressman Ryan is just 42 years old. President Obama talked about himself as a transformative figure, one capable of uniting the nation. Paul Ryan is a transformative figure, capable of helping put our economy on the path to prosperity.
In mid-November, it won’t be surprising to think that Congressman Ryan’s tour de force speech signaled the beginning of the end to the Obama administration. His speech was both an indictment against this administration and a shot in the arm of small businesses across the nation.
That’s what made this speech one for the ages.