I'm actually very happy about his choice. I'm very tired of votes that come up to supporting your side. I'm also not a fan of one-issue voting. At least with Ryan, I feel that this race will finally be about choosing an idea, and not a side. I believe he is going to force Obama and Romney to steer away from the mud-slinging campaigns, and back to an honest race about ideas for the future of the nation.
He is eloquent and even-tempered in his speeches, his budget plan is by far the most bi-partisan move that has been made since the Bush-era, and he isn't just a politician. He's a smart man with ideas about how to recapture the true spirit of the American dream. I can vote for that ideal.
I'm willing to give them a shot, because I think I can see myself better off in four years under Romney/Ryan. I don't believe I'm better off after four years of Obama, and in fact, I am thoroughly terrified about the future of America, and I don't care to give him another four years to get it right. We simply do not agree on what our country represents. He believes that we succeed or fail together, and I believe we succeed or fail as individuals. He believes the government controls our success as a whole. I believe that no one controls your destiny but you, and the government need only give me the liberty to do so.
I don't believe we are continuing down the path that the founding forefathers, men whom I admire and respect with my entire being, worked and sacrificed to create. The power of the mind and it's infinite potential is no longer what guides us towards prosperity. It is ego and power-mongering that fuels our nation's leaders. They are more concerned with ensuring their place in history than ensuring that our history as a nation continues with the same virtues with which it began.
Show me a man that reminds me of Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, and I'll show him my support. Not because he is a perfect man, but because he is an intelligent man, a man who believes in something beyond himself, and believes that his fellow man only needs the freedom to control his own destiny to be happy and successful. Show me a man who values, and believes that his nation values, Liberty over Freedom.
I know I don't see that man in Obama. I'm not so sure I see that man in Romney, but I do see that man in Ryan, and I believe Romney is a wise enough man to listen to people that are smarter than he is. I would like to see a future leader in training.
Sorry for the rant, but this weekend was an encouraging moment in politics. I'm looking forward to the future debate of ideas, a welcome change from the petty arguing of men.