Last night you saw Paul Ryan. That is a heavy burden because he is simply not qualified to be vice president of the United States. He may be considered even less qualified than Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann is more qualified still.
The heaviest burden is the GOP itself with 63% of delegates at the convention considered to be right-wing conservatives. Many fewer are in the middle. Women and minorities are underrepresented too. Romney himself must bow to the right as that is how he was able to stay on the ticket.
What can Romney say tonight to ignite a nation to his calling?
Americans are all ears for substance, and campaign fluff and froth is already excessive. He will have to introduce himself because that little tidbit last night by Ryan wasn’t even a tease. Ryan broached the subject of religion last night allowing for different brands of Christendom. The point was that these are moral men.
What is morality, or ethics? It is a code of values to guide man’s choices and actions—the choices and actions that determine the purpose and the course of his life. Ethics, as a science, deals with discovering and defining such a code.
The first question that has to be answered, as a precondition of any attempt to define, to judge or to accept any specific system of ethics, is: Why does man need a code of values?
Let me stress this. The first question is not: What particular code of values should man accept? The first question is: Does man need values at all—and why?”
Ayan Rand, “The Objectivist Ethics,” The Virtue of Selfishness, 13
“Morality” may intersect with religion sometimes, but morality isn’t religion. The practice of being responsible for people and community is something that one demonstrates through timely deeds and accomplishments. If it is agreed that a shared outcome in America is to eliminate poverty and to ensure a good life for all based on equal opportunity and a fair start, that would be a moral code worth subscription.
Is it agreed that America needs a sustainable economy that ensures that humanity can survive for generations, then that will involve moral values, balancing between individual freedom and economic consequences that affect everyone.
The conflict in the American system is weighing the benefits of individual freedom, self-reliance, and self-determination versus shared needs and economic consequences including environmental impact. Those subjects require complex considerations that are not easily converted to political themes and sound bites.
Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) wrote a book earlier this year that attempts to make the moral case for free-enterprise. While there are merits to free-enterprise worth protecting, there are characteristics of capitalism that demand challenging and modification. Capitalism is based on the notion of ever expanding population, markets, and available resources to address them.
Arthur Brooks illustrated: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NfLUCBZ1is
He’s OK. His part of the story is worth keeping.
Even when acknowledging constraints, without efforts by people to manage their behavior for the sake of humanity and with regard to limits of the planet’s capacity to support them, people will reach entropy and extinction.
Political consequences include war over resources such as people experience today with increasing frequency.
Responsible leaders will respond by defining sustainable economies and managing toward them.
Hearing that we should just let the free-market system work its way forward is simply naïve and unacceptable.
American voters need more than understanding a president’s goals, as President Obama said, it is about understanding how American voters outcomes will be accomplished under constraints.
Mitt Romney set to give most important speech of his life
Updated: August 30, 2012 9:19 AM
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
TAMPA, Fla. – Republican Mitt Romney is stepping up for the most important speech of his life, to an audience of millions, after a rousing warm-up from a running mate who vowed the days of dodging painful budget choices will end if voters toss President Barack Obama from office.
Having grasped the nomination on his second try, after years spent cultivating this moment, Romney will use his speech Thursday night to introduce himself to a large portion of voters and claw for advantage in a race that could scarcely be any closer.
There was no shortage of advice for Romney from armchair speechwriters on all sides.
Jeb Bush, the brother and son of former presidents, said it was critical for the normally reserved GOP nominee to connect with people on an emotional level — even if he’s never going to be “a new-age kind of guy.”
“Where it matters is connecting with other people’s concerns,” Bush said in a round of morning talk show interviews. Only then, he said, will be voters be ready to hear the candidate’s case.
As part of his introduction, Romney appeared prepared to discuss his Mormon faith in more direct terms than usual, a direction signaled by running mate Paul Ryan on Wednesday night in several allusions to the duo’s differing religions but “same moral creed.”
The Wisconsin congressman, a deficit hawk who’s become the party’s darling since joining the ticket, offered a prime-time testimonial setting up Romney’s turn on the stage in the Republican National Convention’s finale.
The Obama campaign was quick to pick apart Ryan’s address, releasing a new web video with its own fact-check of what it said were inaccuracies in the congressman’s criticisms of the president, and branding the GOP ticket wrong for the middle class. In the warm-up for Romney’s speech, the Democrats also released a second web video highlighting past criticisms of Romney on his record as Massachusetts governor and his budget priorities.
After a two-day campaign tour through college towns, the president himself was staying out of the spotlight Thursday, ceding center stage to Romney.