The year 1869 is important — Ulysses S. Grant was inaugurated and the first college football game was held. It was also the last time America had a Speaker of the House as young as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.).
At 45, the Wisconsin dad won’t just be putting a new face on the GOP, but an energetic one. Of course, what the former VP candidate lacks in age, he more than makes up for in experience. He’s logged 6,143 days in the House (only 1,000 less than John Boehner) .
Fortunately, the debt ceiling deal, which Boehner intentionally negotiated away from Ryan, is all but settled after Wednesday’s vote. At the very least, that should give the 54th Speaker the fresh start his Party was hoping for.
Included in that fresh start, conservatives hope, is a greater emphasis on the Party’s core values. It’s time to reinforce the three legs of the conservative stool — social, fiscal, and defense.
It’s a tall task, but not an impossible one. As Ryan challenged members, “We have nothing to fear from honest differences honestly stated. If you have ideas, let’s hear them. A greater clarity between us can lead to a greater charity among us.”
Striking a hopeful tone, he vowed, “We are not going to have a House that looks like it’s looked the last two years. We are going to move forward. We are going to unify. Our party has lost its vision and we are going to replace it with [one].”
Read Paul Ryan’s full acceptance speech here.
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