Romney Picks Anti-Human Rights Zealot Paul Ryan as VP

CANNABIS CULTURE – Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, 42, has been named as Vice Presidential pick by Republican Mitt Romney. Ryan, who has a terrible record on human rights, been making waves as head of the House Budget Committee, with yet another a plan to cut taxes on the rich and roll back social programs.

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi recently called Ryan, “the Republican Party’s latest entrant in the seemingly endless series of young, prickish, over-coiffed, anal-retentive deficit Robespierres they’ve sent to the political center stage in the last decade or so.”

A former fitness instructor, Ryan was voted “Biggest Brown-Noser” by his graduating class in 1988. First elected to congress at the age of 28, Ryan has made Ayn Rand “required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff.”

Ryan opposes enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes, and voted against prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. He voted to ban federal health coverage that includes abortion, against letting shareholders vote on executive compensation, and for barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, among other terrible positions.

On the drug issue, Ryan voted to prohibit needle exchange and medical marijuana in DC and is rated -10 by NORML for his voting record. In the 90s, Ryan worked as a speechwriter for Empower America, co-founded by the US’s first (and worst) drug “czar” Bill Bennett, a position created by current Democratic Vice President Joe Biden.

Romney has called medical marijuana an unimportant issue, and Ryan is similarly dismissive. He recently suggested getting off the topic when Rep. Barney Frank brought up legalization on a pundit show. When pressed, Romney said he’d fight “tooth and nail” against medical marijuana at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire and suggested supporters work for Democrats.

One blogger thought Ryan looked high last year during his answer to Obama’s State of the Union speech. It’s not impossible. Ryan chided a US News & World Report writer for quoting him recognizing the smell of pot. “I’ve been to concerts,” Ryan the Rage Against the Machine fan said. Maybe we will see a replay of the David Cameron story, when the Tory leader was revealed to have smoked pot as a teenager during his 2007 campaign.

Ellen Komp is Deputy Director of California NORML and a regular contributor to Cannabis Culture. She manages the website VeryImportantPotheads.com and blogs at Tokin Woman.

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13 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    Gay people can be fired from their jobs in 30 states, and transgender people can be fired in 39. Just for being LGBT, these people can be FIRED.
    That is NOT equal rights and protections under the law. When that number is zero like the constitution says it should be, then you’ll have a point

  2. Anonymous on

    Funny… last time I checked obummer gives billions to the muslim brotherhood who kill homosexual people and treat women like dog shit…. yea Paul is a bad because he practices what he believes, give me a break… who the hell does these write ups????

  3. Menace on

    Rommney/Ryan 2012. will win
    Obbummer is the second coming of Jimmy Carter
    Colorado will pass legalization and Washington state won’t
    States rights will prevail.
    full legalization not far away
    word.

  4. Anonydude on

    They ARE talking about some of the candidates, other representatives and their positions on certain issues. I’m merely bringing up other issues for comparison, and stating that voting democrat will not ensure more freedom. Nor would voting republican. Maybe though I did color outside the lines a bit.

  5. Anonymous on

    Thats not what this article is about.

  6. Anonymous on

    So you think someone who is gay wants to be in a class of being a gay isnt that in itself singling them out and that is the problme to start yes?

  7. Anonydude on

    The sad thing to me is that there are definite problems with both the typical Democrats and the typical Republicans. IMO, the only acceptable candidate would have to have characteristics of both the right and the left. Some of the Dems would be ok with legalizing the herb, but want to take away the right to use tobacco, whether directly or by taxing it out of our hands. Even though some forms of tobacco are risky to the health (others are rather safe-see: Swedish Snus and nasal snuff), we have a natural right to use both herbs. If Bloomberg ended up being pres we’d be doomed- I hardly ever drink soda, but I’m still pissed about his banning large sodas, I can’t imagine that we need our lives controlled to that extent- if you do, you should probably be living in an institution, because you must have some sort of dementia-impairment if you can’t make an informed decision for yourself. Can’t we get a pres that will legalize all victimless “crimes”? It’s ridiculous to make a non-toxic plant against the law, that simply must be a consequence of ignorance and corruption. Not to be a clique but “Wake up people!”. Also imo, we’ll have a problem as long as we have only two options for president that could actually get enough votes to be a viable choice.

  8. Dave on

    Don’t think the previous comment is “spot on”! By the choice of words, it’s easy to see the person is not well!

  9. Anonymous on

    This comment would be spot on were it not for the simple fact that homosexuals aren’t treated equally. No one is attempting to create a special class of people, only enforce the longstanding notion of ” all men are created equal” this country was founded on. If the equality you claim existed there would be no need for any discussion of homosexual rights, or cannabis reform either for that matter. As an outspoken user and advocate of cannabis I can understand somewhat how it feels to be a second-class citizen. Sadly too many of us are only interested in equal treatment for ourselves.

  10. Anonymous on

    Who ever wrote this article is soo closed minded “Ryan opposes enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes, and voted against prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation” All people are equal this are not real issues if everyone is treated equal we dont need to group different laws to protect our sexuality or gay or anything this is low ball back wash writing shame on you. gays are no different then no gays and there are rghts already in place for everyone to be treated equal so fucking drop it Just drop it .

  11. Anonymous on

    Who ever wrote this article is soo closed minded “Ryan opposes enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes, and voted against prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation” All people are equal this are not real issues if everyone is treated equal we dont need to group different laws to protect our sexuality or gay or anything this is low ball back wash writing shame on you. gays are no different then no gays and there are rghts already in place for everyone to be treated equal so fucking drop it Just drop it .