The Democrats and their mainstream media cheering section can huff and puff at Paul Ryan's convention speech, but they can't blow his house down. It was built on a solid foundation.
So powerful was the speech that the liberal establishment is reduced to wailing about alleged lies the speech contained -- dishonest and easily refuted allegations. Ryan delivered a substantive indictment of the Obama administration's failed record and a content-rich, realistic plan for putting this nation back on track to economic growth and fiscal recovery, a plan that includes "protecting and strengthening" Medicare, not "raiding" it.
Don't listen to the naysayers. Ryan began with a humble acceptance of his "calling" and "duty" to help restore America. His message was positive. "I know we can do this," he said, not dwelling on the malaise in which Obama's disastrous policies have placed us but offering a specific blueprint to deliver us from this quicksand.
He carried forward this same theme throughout the speech: He said that when he accepted the nomination, he told Mitt Romney, "Let's get this done"; and in closing the speech, he converted the slogan into a formal offer to the American people, promising that if elected, he and Romney would put America back on a path to fiscal redemption.
Ryan offered a succinct but irrefutable critique of Obama's economic record: 23 million unemployed or underemployed, 1 in 6 Americans living in poverty and one-half of college graduates unable to find work they've studied for or any work at all.
More importantly, he emphasized that Obama has no new ideas to deliver us from this quagmire. Under a second Obama term, nothing would change -- Obamanomics being but a ship trying to sail on yesterday's wind.
Obama's grandiose stimulus plan, involving "the largest one-time expenditure of the federal government," not only didn't work to create jobs but also took us into deeper debt. The money wasn't "just spent and wasted; it was borrowed, spent and wasted." Instead of giving us the jobs we needed, he forced Obamacare on us against our will, and he gave us Solyndra and its ilk -- replete with corporate welfare, political patronage, cronyism and "make-believe markets." Indeed.
Obama's stimulus debacle was a microcosm -- albeit a gargantuan one -- of the ideas that Obama has advanced and that Romney and Ryan would reject in favor of America's founding ideals. Ryan was eloquent in articulating the contrast. Under Obama, he said, the government has tried to divide up wealth. Under Romney and Ryan, Americans -- not government -- would create wealth.