In 2005 Vice-Presidential hopeful, Paul Ryan, told Milwaukee Magazine that his sister-in-law is black and his college sweetheart is black. His “ties” to the black community have people questioning whether or not the black community should change their perception of him, as many members of the GOP have been deemed racists upon their response to the election of President Obama.
Ryan, who has been openly critical of President Obama, reportedly said he loves the ‘idea’ of the POTUS. “I love the idea of Barack Obama,” he said. “I love the fact that we elected an African-American man as our president. I think that is a really cool thing. I just don’t like the ideas coming from Barack Obama.” Unlike many of his GOP colleagues, Ryan participates in celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr holiday.
On his website, Ryan makes an attempt to support his stand against abortion by comparing the Supreme Court’s decision for Dred Scott v. Sandford to be the same as the decision made for Roe v. Wade. “It made a mockery of the American idea that human equality and rights were given by God and recognized by government, not constructed by governments or ethnic groups by consensus vote,” he says of the Dred Scott v. Sandford decision. “The second time the Court failed in a case regarding the definition of “human” was in Roe v. Wade in 1973, when the Supreme Court made virtually the identical mistake,” he continues, “Like the Dred Scott decision, this opinion has wounded America and solved nothing. It has set good people on all sides against each other, fueled a culture war, split churches, soured politics, and greatly strained civil dialogue.”
Knowing this information about Ryan, does it change your perception of him?