The Obama smear machine will attack Ryan in every conceivable way, but if Ryan does not allow himself to be distracted and frames the issues in the proper way ("under Obama why would you think you would be better off in four years when you're worse off today than you were four years ago?") he might force many Americans to stop being distracted by irrelevancies and start focusing on what matters most.
Romney-Ryan must also re-tell America's story. They should feature at every campaign stop someone who has succeeded without help from the federal government, including small business owners who did, in fact, build their businesses. Let's see some Americans who overcame difficult circumstances by making right decisions. Inspiration and perspiration -- not taxing and spending -- built America and can rebuild it.
This election isn't about politicians; it's about us. Clearing the debris caused by broken and dysfunctional government, while maintaining a safety net for the genuinely needy, will not only restore the economy, it will restore optimism.
Ronald Reagan (Romney-Ryan is another "RR") ran for re-election in 1984 and inspired people to believe in themselves, not government. President Obama appears to want the opposite.
Ancient cultures attached a lot of meaning to names. In Gaelic, Ryan means "king." In a country without a monarch, a synonym might very well be "vice president."
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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