As long time readers know, I hold a very low opinion of Paul Ryan, Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives. Not only has long endorsed "reverse Robin Hood" policies that would take from the less fortunate and give to the wealthy, but the man was a complete hypocrite as he spoke of his Christian faith even as the policies he pushed were the antithesis to the Gospel message of the New Testament. Now, Ryan has proven that he is an utterly craven whore - the nastiest sleazy prostitute has more integrity than Mr. Ryan, in my view - and endorsed Donald Trump for the presidency. The Washington Post has rightly lambasted Ryan in a main editorial. Here are highlights (I am truly ashamed that I was ever a Republican in light of what the party has become):
AS DONALD Trump was building a campaign on lies, bigotry, insults, fear mongering and unreason, a few Republican leaders of apparent principle offered some resistance. Foremost among them was House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). In March, Mr. Ryan insisted that “all of us as leaders can hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and decency” and that “we shouldn’t accept ugliness as the norm.”
On Thursday Mr. Ryan capitulated to ugliness. It was a sad day for the speaker, for his party and for all Americans who hoped that some Republican leaders would have the fortitude to put principle over partisanship, job security or the forlorn fantasy that Mr. Trump will advance a traditional GOP agenda.
[T]he speaker said that conversations with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee have reassured him. Mr. Trump will help turn House GOP ideas into law, Mr. Ryan said, in a way that a President Hillary Clinton would not.
This is fanciful, as Mr. Ryan must understand. Judging by his wild swings of position over the years, Mr. Trump does not believe in much of anything. The convictions that he does hold — against free trade and U.S. leadership abroad, for dividing the nation by religion and ethnicity — are antithetical to the principles Mr. Ryan has said guide him.
Having secured the nomination without Mr. Ryan’s help, a President Trump certainly would not feel bound by any assurances that Mr. Ryan believes he has heard from the candidate.
Now Mr. Ryan has endorsed a man whose “solutions” include banning Muslims from entering the country, who casts aspersions on judges because of their ethnicity, who mocks people with disabilities, who lies repeatedly, who would muzzle the free press. Each one of these is disqualifying — particularly for anyone who believes in conducting the nation’s politics in a constructive, reasonable manner or who claims to have the long-term interests of the nation, rather than a short-term win at the ballot box or in Congress, in mind.
[S]ome insisted that the speaker had little choice. This is false. “My dad used to say, ‘If you’re not a part of the solution, you’re a part of the problem,’ ” Mr. Ryan said in March. When he has a comparable conversation with his children, how will Mr. Ryan explain the decision he made in this campaign?
I suspect that Ryan's children are either as self-centered hypocrites as their father or that they have figured out that their father is an unprincipled political whore who makes tawdry prostitutes look virtuous. Ryan has certainly proved that he cares nothing for principle, decency or the American people.