“…I have something in common with Republican vice presidential nominee Congressman Paul Ryan: We were both friends with the late Congressman Jack Kemp.
Today, some Republicans are comparing Paul Ryan to Kemp. That is a slur on Kemp.
As a recent, extensive portrait of Ryan in the New York Times notes, such comparisons are far from accurate:
Over the years, Mr. Ryan’s emphasis shifted. Mr. Kemp was not nearly as concerned with cutting government programs as Mr. Ryan is today. They agreed on [low] taxes, but their views on spending and the role of government were different.
Kemp was Ryan’s mentor when Ryan was in his 20s, and they remained close.
But in the substantial differences between Kemp and Ryan one can read another story: -
- the slide of the Republican Party into extremism.
Jack will be remembered as a compassionate mainstream Republican.
Ryan has become a living caricature of the Tea Party.
Jack became an evangelical Christian who had been raised in the Christian Science Church.
And that church was hardly devoted to selfishness.
Mary Baker Eddy taught that a life of service should include work benefiting the community – and an overarching plan for the betterment of all humanity.
Ryan was raised a Roman Catholic but today worships at the altar of the goddess of the undeserving self-loving elite – Ayn Rand –
- and calls her his “single most influential thinker.”
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