Four years ago, when John McCain had just named Alaska governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate, we rushed to be among the first to post about her views of interest to this blog. Within an hour or two of McCain’s announcement we posted Sarah Palin: Creationist? Because of the speed of that post, a Google search for “Sarah Palin” and “creationist” — which generates more than 130,000 hits — still ranks us high on the second page.
Naturally, we’ve been interested in Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his Vice President. Of all the names that had been mentioned which Romney might have chosen, the most prominent (Jindal, Pawlenty, and Rubio) have severe problems with science and with church-state relationships — but not Ryan. Unlike some of the others, Ryan has never (at least that we can find) uttered a single word favorable to creationism. And he’s not one of those theocrats attempting to blur the separation of church and state.
We’ve done a lot of searching on Ryan. He’s Catholic — staunchly so. He’s opposed to abortion and he favors only the traditional family. Personally, we could support someone less doctrinaire on those issues, but they shouldn’t be matters of federal concern. Besides, there are other issues of far greater importance — national security and the economy. So although Ryan isn’t our intellectual and political ideal (no one ever is) we can overlook those other issues — at least for now. These are precarious times, and one must have his priorities in order.
What’s more interesting to us is that Ryan has often expressed his admiration for the writings of Ayn Rand. See What did Ayn Rand teach Paul Ryan about monetary policy?, which says:
In 2005, Paul Ryan explained that he often looks to Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged” as inspiration for his views on monetary policy. “I always go back to, you know, Francisco d’Anconia’s speech, at Bill Taggart’s wedding, on money when I think about monetary policy,” he said in a speech to the Atlas Society.
He’s walked back some of his enthusiasm for Rand lately, but politics can account for that. Deep down, we think Ryan is okay, and that means Romney probably is too.
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