Okay, I can’t take it any more. So many articles and posts about what seems like Paul Ryan’s political inelegance… Where’s the reply that actually matters? I’m not reading the right sources, apparently.
The controversy, if that’s not overstating its importance, involves Ryan’s use of a story about a schoolboy who expressed a preference for a lunch in a paper bag packed by his parents over a free lunch offered by his school. Of course it turns out the story is fiction, because the situation is never that simple. Naturally the kid would prefer that his parents pack his lunch, but suppose he doesn’t have parents, or his parents are disabled or ill, or they don’t have enough money to pack a lunch for him? Ryan is quoted as saying:
The left is making a big mistake here. What they’re offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul. The American people want more than that.
Well of course they do, but anyone with a basic grasp of Maslow’s pyramid realizes that we need to start with a full stomach or we don’t generally get very far with respect to the advancement of the soul and all that. How impotent must your philosophical engine be to accuse your opponents of taking peoples’ souls by feeding them? It’s the precise opposite of what the religion of Ryan and the so-called religious right prescribes and has very often practiced, namely feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and caring for the sick.
How plainly can I put this? If you’re hungry and someone feeds you, or naked and someone clothes you, or sick and someone cares for you, you don’t lose your soul because that person was hired by the state. Get a grip, Mr. Ryan.