RYAN AT THE HAMILTON SOCIETY: (FULL VIDEO HERE - THIS EXCERPT AT 2:30):
"THE FACT IS, DEFENSE CONSUMES A SMALLER SHARE OF THE NATIONAL ECONOMY TODAY THEN IT DID DURING THE ENTIRE COLD WAR PERIOD.
IF WE CONTINUE DOWN OUR CURRENT PATH, THE RAPID RISE OF HEALTHCARE COSTS WILL CROWD OUT ALL OTHER AREAS OF THE BUDGET - INCLUDING DEFENSE."TO ROMNEY AND RYAN THIS IS A PARAMOUNT PROBLEM.
TO OBAMA AND HIS COMRADES, THIS IS A PARAMOUNT GOAL.
VOTE ACCORDINGLY. VOTE ROMNEY-RYAN.
(MORE ON THIS SPEECH - DELIVERED JUNE 2011 HERE.)
MORE OF THE SPEECH HERE; EXCERPTS:
A world without U.S. leadership will be a more chaotic place, a place where we have less influence, and a place where our citizens face more dangers and fewer opportunities. Take a moment and imagine a world led by China or by Russia.
Choosing decline would have consequences that I doubt many Americans would be comfortable with....
... America is an idea. And it was the first nation founded as such. The idea is rather simple. Our rights come to us from God and nature. They occur naturally, before government. The Declaration of Independence says it best: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
There are very good people who are uncomfortable with the idea that America is an “exceptional” nation. But it happens that America was the first in the world to make the universal principle of human freedom into a “credo,” a commitment to all mankind, and it has been our honor to be freedom’s beacon for millions around the world.
America’s “exceptionalism” is just this – while most nations at most times have claimed their own history or culture to be exclusive, America’s foundations are not our own – they belong equally to every person everywhere.
The truth that all human beings are created equal in their natural rights is the most “inclusive” social truth ever discovered as a foundation for a free society. “All” means “all”! You can’t get more “inclusive” than that!
Now, if you believe these rights are universal human rights, then that clearly forms the basis of your views on foreign policy. It leads you to reject moral relativism. It causes you to recoil at the idea of persistent moral indifference toward any nation that stifles and denies liberty, no matter how friendly and accommodating its rulers are to American interests.