Biden vs Ryan: Old vs New
Had Vice President
In his debate with Ryan, the vice president was merely a jerk.
Interrupting while someone is trying to make a point is an old debate tactic intended to throw your opponent off-balance and distract observers from what is being said. By some counts, Biden interrupted Ryan more than 80 times and moderator
On split screen, Biden's smirks, chuckles and head shaking revealed a man who was rude and disrespectful toward Ryan. He displayed an attitude that said, "Hey, I'm the one entitled to this office, buster. You are just an interloper who doesn't deserve it."
There was also a mighty generational gap. Biden, 69, represents an era and philosophy forged in the administration of
This notion of the government being our keeper and a first resource, instead of a last resort, has created a culture of dependency, not only for those who receive the largesse, but for a country which is now in hock to
At 42, Ryan represents a generation that must pay for all of these "entitlements." His generation will decide whether America continues on as we have without a day of reckoning and without ever having to live within our means. It's the old vs. the new.
During their debate, the gap in generations and the ability to pay for ever-growing, more controlling and costlier government was most pronounced. Biden focused on programs; Ryan emphasized economic growth and personal responsibility. Here was Ryan: "We want everybody to succeed. We want to get people out of poverty, in the middle class, onto a life of self-sufficiency. We believe in opportunity and upward mobility. That's what we're going to push for in a Romney administration."
Many of us have had a "we can't go on like this" moment at some point in our lives. For the biblical Prodigal Son, his moment came after he had wasted his inheritance and wound up in a hog pen eating pig food. The account says he "came to his senses" and returned to his father who welcomed him.
America needs to come to its senses and realize there is more power in an individual life than in the entire federal government. We know what works. We didn't just crawl out of a cave. The age gap and the philosophical chasm between Biden and Ryan and the two courses they represent for America's future could not be more divergent.
The question is whether most Americans are willing to "come to our senses" because we can't continue behaving and spending as if there is no tomorrow. If we do, there won't be. Our tomorrows will be owned by
Cal Thomas is a conservative American syndicated columnist and author syndicated in over 550 newspapers and is heard on over 300 radio stations
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