On Friday at the Value Voters Summit organized by the Family Research Council in Washington, DC, vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan spoke to a crowd of nearly 1,500 social conservatives who greeted the young Wisconsin Congressman with a rock star welcoming. Ryan, who is well known as a strong fiscal conservative, took time in his speech to address the many social issues he feels so passionately about as well as how his own faith shapes his life.
Ryan’s address had a clear theme in that America and its leaders do not belong to government but are elected to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. From this Ryan went into describing his own faith and how not only his, but others’ freedoms of religion are slowly being trampled by the Obama administration.
Giving examples such as government dictating how Catholic charities can use their own money as well how the opposing party could not agree on where our inalienable rights come from in their convention only weeks prior, Ryan stated, “Our rights come from nature and nature’s God, not from governments! Its clear, that’s the American Idea.”
Ryan also went on to give many comparisons to President Obama as a “Straw Man”, when explaining how the President repeatedly states “we’re all in this together”, though as Ryan points out, “it sounds hollow coming from a politician who has never once lifted a hand to defend the most helpless and innocent, the child waiting to be born.” Of the many standing ovations during the 25 minute long speech this tugged at the heart strings the most, giving the audience a comforting feeling that their ticket stands up for one of the most controversial social issues, the right to life.
With the election only 50 days away, Paul Ryan has been able to captivate the evangelical base of the conservative movement, something Gov. Romney has yet to fully do on his own. Conservatives now not only have a ticket that they feel has a chance to win in November but most importantly, one that they believe in.
To see Ryan’s full speech at the Values Voters Summit, click below: