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“Today is a good day for America and there are better days ahead”

by | Aug 16, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan

By Dave Andrusko

I’ve been talking to pro-life friends who’ve attended Romney/Ryan rallies here in Virginia. They tell me the  audiences are turbo-charged both because of the ticket’s charisma and because everyone knows how much is at stake in less than three months.

There was a lot of speculation before Rep. Paul Ryan was chosen as Mitt Romney’s running mate about how much difference the #2 man on the ticket could make. That won’t be known more definitely for another month or so, but the initial impact seems to be all positive with room to grow.

Single-issue pro-lifers love him. Those who know him best–Wisconsin Right to Life–described him as “Fervently pro-life, amiable, tons of character, principled, honest, charismatic, man of integrity, fantastic communicator, devoted husband and father.   This is the man we met in 1998 and he has not changed, just grown in stature and maturity.“

National Right to Life is no less a fan. Mr. Ryan has compiled a 100% pro-life voting record on all roll call votes scored by NRLC. This includes support for the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, and most recently the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, among others. Paul Ryan has received the endorsement of both National Right to Life and Wisconsin Right to Life in his previous elections for the U.S. House of Representatives.

The contrast with the pro-abortion team of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden is not only obvious, it is so clear that it is imperative to news organizations that support Obama must misrepresent Ryan’s position and dismiss his impact. Especially since Ryan is Catholic, a constituency that Obama carried in 2008 but is up for grabs in 2012.

I’m not telling you anything you don’t know, but there have many stories that attempt to “prove” that Mr. Ryan’s strengths are his weaknesses. To take just one story, let’s look at “Paul Ryan’s anti-abortion rights record a target for Obama camp,” by CBS News’ Stephanie Condon.

It is an article of faith among the pro-abortion community that women who voted for Obama in 2008 but who are not currently planning to again that these “defectors” can be “brought into the fold” by “injecting the choice issue into the debate” (as a report done last year for NARAL argues). Maybe. But it is equally as likely that the more prominent a role abortion plays in the campaign (remember, we keep being told the election is all about the economy), the more the historic advantage that pro-life candidates enjoy among single issue abortion voters will solidify, if not grow.

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias was quoted in the story. She made a key point which is always touted when talking about the pro-abortion side and minimized when talking about pro-life forces.

You have to  translate Condon’s abortion-speak into English but what Mrs. Tobias said (according to Condon) was that pro-lifers “are already extremely motivated to vote Mr. Obama out of office this year” and that Ryan’s addition to the GOP ticket “’means [activists] are going to do 110 percent instead of 105 percent’ to get Romney elected.”

In other words, the pro-life community, already pumped to go all out, will be moved to even greater efforts.

According to Condon, “Ryan’s consistency can help add more credibility to Romney’s attacks against Mr. Obama on the issue of religious freedom, which the GOP candidate has employed to keep social conservatives motivated.”

Talk about a loaded formulation: Romney is merely “using” religious freedom and adding Ryan gives “more credibility.”

NRL News Today has written many times about Mr. Romney’s articulate and passionate defense of religious freedom. Read his words, or listen to him speak at Liberty University, and his sincerity and determination comes through loud and clear (see;  and

One other point from Condon’s story, which is even more cynical than the statement that Romney is “using” the issue of religious freedom.

“Ryan has already put his Roman Catholic faith on display, attending Mass his second day as Romney’s running mate, and he will put more emphasis on his faith next month as a speaker at the Values Voter Summit.

Are we to conclude that Ryan, a devout Catholic, suddenly said to himself, “Whoops, I better attend Mass, now that I’m the choice for VP”? (In fact, the next day was Sunday.)And how does Condon know what Ryan will “put more emphasis on”? What so many reporters see as trolling for votes to less biased eyes is a candidate living out his or her faith in the public square.

As Mr. Romney said in introducing Mr. Ryan on Saturday, “Paul believes in the worth and dignity of every human life.”  He added. “Today is a good day for America and there are better days ahead.”

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