The New York Times castigates two prominent Republicans (care to guess who? it’s not that easy) for “a howling storm of misrepresentation“ following President Obama’s executive announcements on gun law enforcement.
Winning answers: Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.
“From Day 1,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, “the president has never respected the right to safe and legal gun ownership that our nation has valued since its founding.” Mr. Ryan said that “rather than focus on criminals and terrorists, he goes after the most law-abiding of citizens. His words and actions amount to a form of intimidation that undermines liberty.”
Oh, fer pete’s sake. More examiners to process our existing background checks for gun buyers. Is that really a ‘form of intimidation’? An ‘undermining of liberty’? Good grief.
The only detail making Ryan’s words less stupid than the militia occupying that bird place in Oregon is that Ryan didn’t capitalize the “L” in liberty. That could’ve been the cherry on top. Let’s thank Ryan for foregoing the cherry.
And let’s note, this wasn’t just an off-hand comment from the Congressman. As Speaker, he has now got a communications team of nine full-timers. The Times (above) was quoting his official press release which was reinforced by a Twitter tweet, a flattering photo, and all helpfully tagged ‘Second Amendment’ for the benefit of text-based search engines.
Can this be the same Paul Ryan our fawning, local newspaper hailed as a ‘statesman‘?