Congress Doesn’t Need Another Speaker Like Paul Ryan
TUPELO, Miss.—It is a citizen’s privilege to defend the Constitution. And it is a citizen’s great honor to defend those who put their lives at risk to defend the Constitution and our liberties.
Now is the time, says the American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net), to do both.
With the recent announcement that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will not seek re-election, several names have surfaced as Ryan’s replacement: Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). According to a new Action Alert to its more than 1 million friends and supporters, AFA notes that McCarthy and Scalise are Ryan’s top lieutenants, but Jordan will break the establishment status quo.
“Speaker Ryan has given the swamp seal-of-approval for Rep. McCarthy as the next Speaker and hopes that McCarthy will continue the swamp’s approach to governing,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “Ryan and McCarthy are establishment Republicans who will continue business as usual, but Rep. Jim Jordan is a constitutionalist, a man of integrity and a founder of the House Freedom Caucus—the band of members of Congress dedicated to fighting for liberty. Jim Jordan has a solid conservative voting record on social and fiscal issues—a stellar conservative rating that stands out in comparison to Rep. McCarthy and Rep. Scalise.”
AFA Action gave Jordan a 100 percent rating on its scorecard because of how he voted for the 20-week abortion ban, against transgenders serving in the military, against the irresponsible spending bill in May 2017 that provided taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, and against the massive 2018 Omnibus funding bill that also continued sending taxpayer dollars to the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
“Rep. McCarthy voted for both of these irresponsible spending bills,” Wildmon added, “but this only scratches the surface of the problems with this establishment Republican. Congressman McCarthy has also been a strong financial supporter of members of the Tuesday Group—the liberal Republicans in the House, and the political action committee affiliated with McCarthy has donated significant campaign funds to many Republican members who are also supported by the liberal Republican Tuesday Group.
“The connections are clear that McCarthy has deep ties to anti-conservative members of Congress who are now popularly called RINOs—Republicans in name only,” Wildmon added. “On the other hand, Freedom Caucus member Jim Jordan has consistently voted against huge spending bills and for socially conservative legislation. It is time to end the establishment Republican rule in Congress and for the House Republicans to elect a true conservative, like Rep. Jim Jordan. The selection of the next Speaker is crucial because, in order for America to be great again, strong legislation must be passed to restore our military strength and to ‘drain the swamp’ of the bureaucrats who curtail our liberties. But over a year into the Trump administration, the necessary legislation is going nowhere in Congress, despite Republicans being in control. The reason is simple—establishment Republicans are in charge. We must restore true conservative leadership in Congress.”
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