This morning, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that he will not seek re-election in November, ending his disastrous tenure in Congress.
According to Ryan, he has no regrets about his accepting the role of Speaker of the House.
The word that comes to mind when thinking of Ryan’s retirement is “merciful.” The split between the American nationalist/populist movement and the establishment GOP has been quite pronounced since President Trump announced his candidacy in 2015. The divide has only grown since Trump’s inauguration.
“I think we’ve achieved a heck of a lot,” Ryan said at a press conference this morning.
He’s right. He and the GOP establishment have achieved a “heck of a lot.” The problem is that their achievements do not resemble conservatism, and truly conservative Americans have had it.
Ryan and his ilk have spent their careers compromising with the radical left and equivocating at every turn. They have failed to conserve anything. With that, here are some “achievements” that Ryan should regret from his time as Speaker:
- Continuous funding of Planned Parenthood:
This is something that the Speaker and his colleagues have had the opportunity to end. They have utterly failed to do so. Federal funding of baby-killers is not what average Republicans would call “conservative.”
2. Continuous funding of Obamacare:
Same story here. Republicans have the House, Senate, and Presidency. Ryan and his establishment friends just couldn’t figure out how to repeal the socialist healthcare program.
3. Failure to crackdown on illegal immigration:
Ryan never even addressed this battle. His big-money donors need cheap labor, after all. Consequently, our nation has been invaded by outsiders, and “conservative” Ryan, a supposed proponent of the rule of law, did nothing.
4. The ever-growing national budget deficit
During his time as speaker, from 2015 to the present, Ryan oversaw an unprecedented growth in national deficit of $400 billion. The $20+ trillion national debt is whole other issue. So much for “fiscal conservatism.”
5. Unconstitutional, undeclared war in the Middle East
The GOP has had the opportunity to end the War on Terror, still undeclared by Congress, which is now the longest-running war in U.S. history. Costing trillions of dollars and millions of lives, Ryan has done nothing to curtail the Executive Branch abuse of power that began with George Bush, and continued through the Obama presidency.
Truly conservative Americans – blue-collar, middle-class Americans in flyover country – are finished with lip-service from coastal elitist “Republicans” like Ryan. Hence the anger at the establishment, both left and right.
Ryan is simply a notch on the belt of the America-first crowd, and his retirement should serve as notice for the rest of the D.C. swamp: Your time is up.