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“America is an idea … we promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes” (and h2k’s open thread)

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I transcribed what Paul Ryan said:

“What I’ve heard lately, that’s what troubles me the most. There’s something different in their voice, in their words. What I hear from them is diminished dreams, lowered expectations, uncertain futures. I hear some people say that this is just ‘the new normal’. Higher unemployment, declining incomes and crushing debt is NOT a new normal.

“America is more than just a place. America is an idea. It’s the only country founded ON an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not from government. … We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes. And this idea was founded on the principles of freedom, free enterprise, self-determination and government by CONSENT of the governed.”

The transcript is directly from the above video clip posted at Morning Joe’s Web site, August 12, 2012. The clip does not include a transcript or a description of the location at which Paul Ryan made this speech. If any of you can pinpoint where Ryan said these words, please note it in a comment.

However, I also searched the campaign site‘s extensive collection of all things Romney/Ryan. My first stop was News/Speeches, where the campaign has posted Paul Ryan’s August 11, 2012 speech in Norfolk, Virginia, when he was officially introduced by Mitt Romney as his running mate.

In the excerpts below from the August 11th speech, Ryan made similar remarks, but you’ll see that Ryan has since altered the phrasing. Perfectionist that he is, Ryan is testing how he expresses the theme that is the heart and soul of Ryan’s working philosophy.

“Working philosophy.” You’ll note, and know why, I didn’t type “philosophy,” sans adjective. That’s because Paul Ryan is not a day-dreaming part-time lecturer who wasted spent most of his time chewing the fat in a university faculty lounge.

Paul Ryan actually practices what he preaches. Amazingly, Ryan even writes his “working philosophy” into the budget bills that he writes.

Furthermore, Ryan authored a “blueprint” that we can all read: “A ROADMAP FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE — BUDGET COMMITTEE REPUBLICANS” (via House.gov).

Now, the excerpts from Ryan’s August 11, 2012 speech. I’ve italicized or bold-faced the phrases similar to the newer speech in the above video. This proves that Ryan is continuing to “try on” the optimal phrasing to use in his as-yet embryonic stump speech.

[...]

I represent a part of America that includes inner cities, rural areas, suburbs and factory towns. Over the years I have seen and heard from a lot from families, from those running small businesses, and from people who are in need. But what I have heard lately troubles me the most. There is something different in their voice and in their words. What I hear from them are diminished dreams, lowered expectations, uncertain futures.

I hear some people say that this is just “the new normal.” High unemployment, declining incomes and crushing debt is not a new normal. It’s the result of misguided policies. And next January, our economy will begin a comeback with the Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class that will lead to more jobs and more take home pay for working Americans.

America is on the wrong track; but Mitt Romney and I will take the right steps, in the right time, to get us back on the right track!

In the section omitted, Ryan details Governor Romney’s proven track record as an executive who can turn businesses around and who can build businesses from infancy, including Staples, Bright Horizons and Sports Authority, to name a few.

If you missed my post about how Mitt Romney and Bain Capital grew Bright Horizons, the national (actually international) corporate daycare enterprise from an “idea” discussed around a kitchen table, please see my July 19 post, “First lady Michelle Obama sought out, lauded Bain-funded nationwide child care centers.”

Not surprisingly, the media haven’t reported about the First Lady’s speech that could, and should, come back to haunt Team Obama.

Now, we return to the similarities in the August 11th speech:

[...]

But America is more than just a placeit’s an idea. It’s the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not government. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.

This idea is founded on the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination and government by consent of the governed.

This idea is under assault. So, we have a critical decision to make as a nation.

We are on an unsustainable path that is robbing America of our freedom and security. It doesn’t have to be this way.

The commitment Mitt Romney and I make to you is this:

[...]

Read the complete text of Paul Ryan’s August 11, 2012 speech.

  • jrterrier

    WTF. Is Gov Palin trying to sabotage Romney? She is calling for Pres Obama to dump Biden and have Hillary run for VP.
    Let’s hope she’s as crazy as foxy Biden and this is reverse psychology. An Obama/Hillary ticket would be more competitive than Obama/Biden.

    • getfitnow

      reverse psychology.
      *********************
      This is my bet.

  • jrterrier

    “Romney appeals to voters who are dissatisfied with the last four years. Obama appeals to voters who are dissatisfied with America.
    This basic gap was obscured in the 2008 campaign by the window trappings of inspiration. Among all the plastic pillars and stolen quotes from poets who stole them from sermons, it was harder to see that the underlying theme of the campaign was dissatisfaction with America. But in 2012, Obama can no longer run as a reformer or an optimist.
    The coalition that he committed to last year is a coalition of those who are unhappy with America, not in the last four years, but in the last two-hundred years. Its core is composed of groups that fear democracy and distrust the will of the people. There is no optimism here, but a deeply rooted pessimism about human nature and the country as a whole. It is the Democratic Party’s coalition against democracy.
    After 2010, the numbers were crunched, and it was clear that Obama and the Democrats could not win a mainstream campaign. Instead, they targeted narrow groups, stirred up conflicts over issues aimed at that group, whether it was union pensions, racism or birth control. There was no more pretense of a national election, only a frenzied rush to polarize as many groups as possible and join them together into an acrimonious coalition, not so much for anything, as against Republicans.
    There isn’t any inspiration here. Just paranoia over everything from gay marriage to abortion to racial profiling to illegal immigration. A dozen illegal benefits being handed out with the explicit threat that they will be lost if Romney wins. A dozen mini-civil wars being stirred up to divide Americans and set them at each other’s throats for the benefit of the Obama campaign.
    From Occupy Wall Street to Wisconsin, from Trayvon Martin to Chick-fil-A, the goal of these manufactured conflicts has been to divide and conquer the electorate by emphasizing group rights over individual economic welfare.”
    http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/48748

  • shelldoll2

    I love the way so many liberals, especially the white ones, know so much about the black community. They treat us like children and tell us who is racist and who is not. They wouldn’t know it if it bit them in the behind. After all you had nothing to say when Democrats like Bill and Hillary were called racists.

    I love the Obamabots that worship him. Some of us black folks know bull when when we hear it and see it. You also love to ignore the fact that Obama’s mama was white and he was raised by well off white grandparents.

    I am amused as a black American. You white liberals must think we are all stupid. I read what you say and and you sound more like slave masters. We descendants of slaves, which Obama is not, have contempt for you.

    • getfitnow

      Those blacks that reflexively support the dem party need to have the guts to say ENOUGH!

      To say stop exploiting us, stop insulting us.

      Obama telling them to take off their bedroom slippers and stop whining.

      Biden using black dialect and fear to get them angry.

      Holder implying they are so pitiful and helpless they can’t get ID’s to vote.

      If there are any decent Democrats left they should be horrified by what their
      party. Where are those voices?

  • HELENK2
  • HELENK2

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/08/14/u-s-special-forces-group-rips-obama-for-bragging-he-killed-bin-laden-intel-leaks/

    WOW
    special forces group rips backtrack for bragging he killed ben laden and intel leaks

  • HELENK2

    IowaHawk

    Joe Biden reminds of a simpler America, when a kid could go to the local
    drug store and buy cough syrup and model glue and leaded paint.

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    Browyn, can I ask why there are trolls allowed here? I know all they want to do is disturb. I’m sure AxelHole is doing in 12 what he did in ’08, hiring trolls. I blogged at TM’s site and you had all these “pretend” hillary dems, that viciously turned around and attacked her, so to get the “herd” of the other posters to follow their lead. It was all by Axelrod we saw later, he hired bloggers to disturb all these hillary blogs.

    • win43

      Yes, they should close off the blog so that you can go back to your fantasy world where nobody will “disturb” you with unpleasant facts.

      A warm, comforting fantasy world where Paul Ryan pulled himself up from his bootstraps and had politics thrust upon him after a successful career, rather than the real world: the one where Ryan inherited millions of dollars, has never had a real job, and has been a creature of DC his entire adult life.

      • HARP2

        Spending all day on a bong and then posting is no way to go through life Sparky.

        • win43

          Good one. I especially like how it is utterly unresponsive to anything anybody is saying.

          • HARP2

            We had many discussions with bots 4 years ago and found it to be a complete waste of time, so now I just enjoy smelling their fear and rubbing their noses in the fact that Barry will be unemployed in January.

            If you don`t like it……Simple…..don`t come here.

      • Hokma

        “has never had a real job”

        Really. Friggin liar, Go back to your fantasy of being a Harvard lawyer moron.

        • win43

          He’s either been in politics, in part-time work, or been “consulting” for his family’s business. My, what a workhorse.

          Again, doesn’t matter to me. I just think the mythology springing up is awfully funny.

          • no_longer_a_democrat

            yes, because being a community organizer is just so much work & experience, and the community that barry soetero “organized” chicago, my my my, its such a lovely community, so calm, peaceful, no crime.

          • Hokma

            You really are stupid junior. You clearly can’t read.

      • getfitnow

        “Myth” you say? What about our “historic” current composite POTUS

  • HELENK2
    • Hokma

      Romney needs to keep this up – stay on the offense – and not give Obama any room to deny.

      • HELENK2

        must be working backtrack calls Romney unhinged over this speech

        http://weaselzippers.us/2012/08/14/chutzpah-obama-campaign-accuses-romney-of-being-unhinged/

        • Hokma

          Talking about unhinged – Biden? Giuliani thinks he has mental health issues.

          • DianaLC

            I think the same. Did you hear him talking all “southern”?

            • Hokma

              He’s schizo.

              • DianaLC

                Or he’s got a bigger brain injury than the one that perhaps O has based on the scar on his head. I got this from a credible source. I could be true. They have to prove it’s not.

                • Hokma

                  I heard this morning that in ’88 Biden did have two brain aneurysms and after the first he was given last rites.

                  It is possible that those aneurysms had a permanent effect on his brain and prevent him from controlling himself. That’s meant to be serious and not humorous.

                  • DianaLC

                    Only his doctor would know. We know that medical records are demanded only of Republican politicians, not Democratic politicians.
                    But, to me it is a concern. Remember all the brouhaha about Edith Wilson.

      • BronwynsHarbor

        AMEN, BROTHER HOKMA.