Saturday, August 11, 2012

The boldly pro-human candidate

What does Paul Ryan stand for?
“…America is not just a nationality its not just a mass of land from Hawaii to Maine, from Wisconsin to Florida. America is an idea. Its the most pro-human idea ever designed by mankind. Our founders got it right, when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature’s God – - not from government. Should we now subscribe to an ideology where government creates rights, is solely responsible for delivering these artificial rights, and then systematically rations these rights?” (In Congress, March 21 2010; transcribed apparently by Ryan and staff)
He said something similar today—
But America is more than just a'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. (Acceptance of the vice presidential nod, 8/11/2012, advance text)
 —but without the pro-human angle, which was maybe a little too controversial for the occasion (after all, Romney hasn't committed himself as to whether he's pro-human or not, though his claim that corporations are people might be read that way; since he is certainly pro-corporation, if corporations are people he must be pro-people as well).

However, it's hard to get a fix on what the pro-human position actually entails. For instance, nobody in the online community seems to want to admit to being pro-human, except for one lonely Danish blogger whose experience with humans may possibly be somewhat limited.

Perhaps we should focus our inquiry on the idea that America is an idea. America is clearly not just a mass of land from Hawaii to Maine, if only because of the intervening water, which comprises a significant fraction of the Pacific Ocean. But this is probably not what the congressman has in mind.
“America is not a place. America is an idea that died along with my grandfather. And I’m sorry to say that I shot them both.”
— Jarod Kintz, A Story That Talks about Talking Is Like Chatter to Chattering Teeth, and Every Set of Dentures Can Attest to the Fact That No.
One of Jarod Kintz's favorite quotes, in turn, is
“I have left orders to be awakened at any time during national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting.”
Ronald Reagan
I think that begins to give you the measure of the man Paul Ryan, not just an idea but a human, a human who flies from Wisconsin to Washington, and back; a human who whips up budget proposals like pancakes and never gets any eggshells in the mix. He's pro-human because he knows what it is to be a human from long, and sweaty, personal experience; indeed he's never tried anything else, though he did work for the family business for a little while awaiting his first election.

Also, he's not a skaarj;
The Skaarj are a powerful, imperial reptilian race with aims of subordinating or destroying all other species, under the justification that the Skaarj are naturally superior to all others. [T]hey typically stand between seven and nine feet tall (8 feet on average) and weigh around 385 lbs.; they have scales ranging in color from dark and light green to blue or yellow. They have an overhanging forehead with glowing eyes burning underneath, short, curved tusks, and, in the case of the Warrior caste, long, braided, scaly, dreadlocks arcing off the back of their heads. Most Skaarj have thick tails, though this feature seems to become increasingly reduced the farther along the Trooper caste a Skaarj progresses. 
Skaarj are notably anti-human. This means Ryan will never, ever eliminate Medicare, or milk price supports for that matter, unless it's really cool with everybody else in the room. Because that's just the kind of human he is.

I'd like to get around sometime to Ryan's opponents who believe that rights come from government, but I'm having a hard time locating them too.

But I did find some anti-human propaganda, from YouTubist SkaarjSoldier:

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