Ryan has surrendered his mind and heart to being a follower of Trumpism. And will confess his political sins of the past on "60 Minutes" this Sunday.
For those planning to watch a football game then and who aren't tech savvy about recording another program, the Drudge Report presents a link to parts of that interview. Here you can click on the transcript.
As Roman Catholics and members of 12-step programs have experienced, confession is liberating.
In the Catholic Church it is actually a sacrament, now positioned and packaged as the tool for reconciliation with God, one's fellowman, and oneself. The process really does entail having the transgressions of the past wiped off the soul. You bet, there is the reality of a fresh start.
In Alcoholics Anonymous, as miscreants are recovering they prepare to do the Fifth Step. They will share with both their higher power and one other human being the exact nature of their wrongs. Research and experience show that not doing this step can result to a return to problem drinking.
Some consider the Catholic sacrament of reconciliation and AA's Fifth Step hogwash. They don't believe we can ever move on from the wreckage of the past.
Those are the folks who will deride Ryan as a hypocrite. Let them.
As they are condemning Ryan, he is slouching toward salvation through Trumpism. That is American pragmatism.
Way back when, a whole bunch of misfits who couldn't cut it in the old country risked everything to come to the new land. To survive they had to be totally pragmatic.
One tool was framing religion (Calvinism) as the only valid metric for measuring economic success. If you opened a saloon and it was a go that professional homerun documented your inner virtue. If your political career wasn't panning out, that was a sign of your soul-sickness.
The outcome had been the most successful economic system in the world. Trumpism is the 21st century version of that. Ryan saw the light on the hill. He moved toward it.
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