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Ryan Avoids Talking to People His Policies Affect

A couple weeks ago we had Rand Paul beating a hasty retreat when he sees DREAMers (young immigrants brought here by their parents, the type that Republicans want to immediately deport) coming to ask him questions. Now Paul Ryan refused to engage and had three young people removed from a book signing for asking him to defend his policies.

During a book signing over the weekend, three undocumented immigrants confronted and were brushed off by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) over his position on immigration, specifically on his vote against an executive program that allows some immigrants to temporarily stay in the country without deportation fears. That program known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allows certain undocumented immigrants to be given temporary work authorization and legal presence in the country.

In the video provided by the advocacy group United We DREAM, at least three so-called DREAMers, the colloquial term for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, could be seen asking Ryan to clarify his stance on immigration. Ryan was at the bookstore signing copies of his book The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea. When a DREAMer brother and sister team asked, “Why do you want to deport me and my sister?” Ryan insisted to the both of them, “Thanks for coming. Read the position in my book. You should read the position in my book.” When prompted with the same question by another DREAMer, Ryan said, “I’m not going to answer your question at this time.” Each time, staff members and an uniformed officer came to escort the advocates away.

It’s so much easier to advocate draconian policies if you don’t have to actually look at the people who will be horribly impacted by those policies, for the same reasons that it’s easier to drop a bomb or shoot a missile from miles away than it is to look at the people you’re killing. If you see an actual person, you might have to confront the negative results of your pandering to xenophobes.

Comments

  1. John Pieret says

    If you see an actual person, you might have to confront the negative results of your pandering to xenophobes.

    That assumes Ryan actually saw them. They were just book buyers and photo-ops. He paid no more attention to them than the Republibaggers.

  2. Chiroptera says

    Makes sense to me. I mean, what do you expect him to say to them? “Well, you can just suck it.” I’m pretty sure that these people can just go to his website to read that.

  3. says

    Chiroptera “I’m pretty sure that these people can just go to his website to read that.”
    PAUL RYANS WEBSITE IS IN ENGLISH NOT MEXICAN!!! IF THOSE PEOPLE WANT TO BE ACCEPTED THEY HAVE TO BE LIKE US REAL AMERICANS AND GET LEARNED TO SPEAK ENGLISH GOOD!!! IF THEY WANT TO TRULY BE REAL AMERICANS THEY HAVE TO TAKE IN OUR INDEPENDENT SPIRIT OF INDEPENDANCE AND INDEPENDANTALY SELFDEPORT THEMSELVES THEN COME BACK IN LEGALLY AND ALSO NOT COME BACK!!!

  4. grumpyoldfart says

    His advisers will probably tell him that next time he should call on staff members and the uniformed officer to form a protective circle around him while one of them takes photographs of the “attack”. It will give him a chance to play the martyr card.

  5. Akira MacKenzie says

    Chiroptera @ 3

    I mean, what do you expect him to say to them? “Well, you can just suck it.”

    Know the average rank-and-file Republican/conservative/Tea Bagger, that would actually make him more popular among the American right, especially if he threw in some racial slurs. Going out of your way to be offensive toward liberals (i.e. “Rolling Coal,” carrying assault rifles around, etc.) seems to be a thing now.

  6. Doc Bill says

    Succinctly put, Paul Ryan is a little shit.

    He pulled the same stunt that creationists pull when confronted: read my book. Or further, “I explained that in my book. It’s explained clearly in my book. I answered/addressed that concern in my book.”

    Of course, when you reference said book you find no such thing. Ryan won’t answer the DREAMers because Ryan has nothing cogent to say.

    If Ryan were a real man instead of a little shit he would look the DREAMer in the eye and say, “Fuck you. I don’t want your vote. I don’t need your vote. Move on.”

    How refreshing would that be to hear the truth for once!

  7. scienceavenger says

    To be fair to Ryan, this incident is consistent with his behavior to date, and nothing against the dreamers per se. He dodges all questions of substance. The only difference between this and past dodges (usually about his budget) is that this time he couldn’t tell them it was too complicated to explain.

  8. says

    scienceavenger@8:

    The only difference between this and past dodges (usually about his budget) is that this time he couldn’t tell them it was too complicated to explain.

    How complicated is it to just say, “I pulled these numbers out of my ass”?

  9. eric says

    Well fortunately, “read my book, it’ll tell you what I’m thinking” isn’t going to win any points in a primary or general election debate. Stonewalling a local book signing may be politically feasible, but he’s not going to be able to do it to electoral public at large and have any chance of getting elected.

  10. D. C. Sessions says

    Stonewalling a local book signing may be politically feasible, but he’s not going to be able to do it to electoral public at large and have any chance of getting elected.

    He doesn’t need to. He’s got plenty of reporters running interference for him.

  11. Michael Heath says

    Ed writes:

    It’s so much easier to advocate draconian policies if you don’t have to actually look at the people who will be horribly impacted by those policies, for the same reasons that it’s easier to drop a bomb or shoot a missile from miles away than it is to look at the people you’re killing.

    Nobody said taking a stand for Jesus Christ was going to be easy.

  12. raven says

    I’ve never seen the slightest hint that Paul Ryan is very bright.

    I tried to analyze the Romney/Ryan budget plan. There wasn’t one.

    They were going to cut taxes, close loopholes, and balance the budget. Which is flat out impossible.

  13. cry4turtles says

    Buy hey, if they ever catch Ryan with his stash, he can blame it on the brown people stalking him.

  14. says

    I’d have thought Ryan was just a sociopath and left it at that. That he can’t face the people he harms suggests, perhaps, a smidgen of guilt-feeling. Not that I’m hoping for much, but maybe he isn’t irredeemably vicious.

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