Saturday, May 05, 2018

Ryan Backed Down From Facing Randy Bryce-- And Now He's Backed Away From His Fight With The House Chaplain


We've been telling you for months that there is no path to victory in southeast Wisconsin-- in a district where a third of the voters are independents no longer willing to even hear his messaging-- for Paul Ryan. So suddenly and out of the blue, Ryan hoists the white flag of surrender and announces his former driver-- now a predatory corporate attorney-- will run for his House seat, while Ryan himself teaches little Charlie and Sammy how to shoot rabbits with bows and arrows. But that wasn't Ryan's only defeat without a battle this month. Yesterday CNN reported that House Chaplain Pat Conroy rescinded his resignation and will sit down with Ryan next week, presumably to try to wrest his soul from Satan. Other than KKK-evangelical extremists who hate Catholics, members of Congress from both parties had backed Conroy, a Jesuit priest who had been serving as House chaplain for 7 years, and attacked Ryan.
"I have accepted Father Conroy's letter and decided that he will remain in his position as chaplain of the House," Ryan said in a statement. "My original decision was made in what I believed to be in the best interest of this institution. To be clear, that decision was based on my duty to ensure that the House has the kind of pastoral services that it deserves."

Ryan added, "It is my job as speaker to do what is best for the body, and I know that this body is not well-served by a protracted fight over such an important post. I intend to sit down with Father Conroy early next week so that we can move forward for the good of the whole House."

Conroy sent his intentions in a letter to Ryan earlier Thursday.

"At this time, and upon advice of counsel, I herby retract and rescind said resignation for the reasons that follow," Conroy wrote in the letter dated Thursday and addressed to Ryan.

...In the letter, he addressed speculation that lawmakers wanted a chaplain who wasn't Catholic.

"While you never spoke with me in person, nor did you send me any correspondence, on Friday, April 13, 2018 your Chief of Staff, Jonathon Burks, came to me and informed me that you were asking for my letter of resignation," he said in the letter. "I inquired as to whether or not it was 'for cause,' and Mr. Burks mentioned dismissively something like, 'maybe it's time that we had a Chaplain that wasn't a Catholic.'"

He continued: "At that point, I thought that I had little choice but to resign, as my assumption was that you had the absolute prerogative and authority to end my term as House chaplain."

Burks said in a statement, "I strongly disagree with Father Conroy's recollection of our conversation. I am disappointed by the misunderstanding, but wish him the best as he continues to serve the House."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that Conroy's service as House chaplain has been "a blessing to members on both sides of the aisle."

"Speaker Ryan's decision to accept Father Conroy's decision to rescind his resignation and finish his term is welcome news," Pelosi said. "However, many distressing questions must still be answered about the motivations behind Father Conroy's unwarranted and unjust dismissal."

Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Virginia Democrat who is Catholic, has been among the most vocal critics of the request for Conroy to step down.

"The letter is a bombshell, inside that bombshell are explosive items like Ryan's chief of staff actually said to him maybe it's a time for a non Catholic chaplain-- for Catholics that is a profoundly offensive comment," Connolly told CNN in a phone interview. "The more this festers, the uglier it gets and the wider this infection. I think Paul Ryan should see the letter as an opportunity to heal rather than pouring salt on an open wound."

Connolly, who sent a letter with Jones to Ryan requesting more information on the resignation, said he spoke to Conroy before he wrote the letter and submitted it.

"My sense on (Conroy is) Jesuits are strong people and they're fighters and you don't mess with them," Connolly said. "We know in the Catholic church, you don't mess with Jesuits."

Lawmakers from both parties were lobbied Ryan to take steps to rescind his request.

Republican Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina asked Ryan to reinstate Conroy on Wednesday, saying in a letter he believes the way the House chaplain was let go reflected "poorly on the House" and appears "intentionally underhanded."

"Not only was I dismayed that Father Conroy was apparently asked to resign without explanation, I was troubled by the manner in which it was done. All members were not asked for their opinions on the chaplain's performance," Jones said in the letter. "Instead, it appears a decision to push him out was made behind closed doors based on the input of only a few."

The letter continued: "It appears the decision was made to minimize the input of members, and executed surreptitiously to overcome what was likely to be their overwhelming objection. It appears intentionally underhanded, and that is deeply disappointing!"

According to a person who attended last week's GOP conference meeting, the speaker explained that he asked Conroy to resign "based on member feedback about pastoral care."

A separate GOP member who attended the meeting said Ryan "didn't say this as bluntly but the reason for the change is that many of us like Father Conroy but we feel like he didn't do anything. We never see him. We never hear from him. We'd like to have a more active priest/pastor."
I asked evangelical expert, Frank Schaeffer, how he sees this crackpottery and it happens to be something he's been thinking about as well. Frank told me that "Ryan is living proof-- as is Mike Pence-- that there is a new kind of Roman Catholic and evangelical conservative that has long since abandoned anything that could be called a prophetic voice on behalf of what Jesus called 'The least of these.' Ryan’s religion is about power. The firing-then rehiring-of the chaplain is just another instance when the 'gospel' of Ayn Rand’s greed has infiltrated and replaced the Christian ethics Republicans used to at least pay lip service to. White nationalist evangelical Trumpism derives its power from channeling losers' sense of being victims into hatred and a desire for revenge. The revenge is directed at liberals, blacks, brown people, gay men and women, women in general but also at the poor. Those who stick up for the poor in the face of the corporate greed propagated by the GOP on an unimaginable scale find themselves ousted. This crucifixion of empathy was at the heart of the chaplain’s ouster. He actually upheld the gospel... and these days that makes Republicans in Trump’s America uncomfortable."

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At 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, despite Lyin' Ryan demonstrating that he's a poultry-excrement coward, the "democrats" remain afraid of confronting him and forcing him to take stands which just might benefit the Party's GOP-lite candidates in the midterm elections.

Are you SURE you want to reclaim this loser organization from within? They make the Keystone Kops look like Hoover's mental image of his American Gestapo.

At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This so-called loser organization managed to have won four out of the last for out of seven presidential elections. And this is despite the fact that the major news media completely underwrote and coddled the deceitful right-wing agenda through eight years of Bill Clinton, eight years of W. Bush, and eight years of Obama, including during those presidential elections. Gore was savaged by the press. Clinton was ridiculously impeached because major news media acquiescence to the deceitful right-wing narrative. Obama had to put up with the Tea Party being promoted falsely by the news media as an actual grass-roots phenomenon instead of the corporate-funded project it was, and then was given enough free air time to make it seem so. That was just a prelude to the way out of proportion air time given Trump that let his own words and his own agenda (almost entirely unquestioned and unchallenged by the news media) that gave the appearance of his being the inevitable winner despite the scandals that the news media would flicker on and then make disappear and then return to the countless hours of Trump rallies and speeches and trivia coverage. Even then the average-at-best and badly advised (yeah the Clintons chose the wrong people to run their campaign) Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton easily won the popular vote by three million votes - and that's without campaigning in Michigan and Wisconsin (yes...stupidly! Argh!).

So your defeatist out of touch with reality loser-mentality characterizations of the Democratic Party just don't measure up with the truth. One size doesn't fit all, Democrap Anonymous. I know the Democratic shortcomings can be legion, and no one is forced to vote for someone they don't want to, but to throw the baby out with the bathwater is an opinion that leads ONLY much, much worse governance and much, much greater suffering in the country and world. A dime's worth of difference in budgets of trillions of dollars makes a huge difference in people's lives. And Nader's "dime's worth..." canard is a good soundbite but undermines clear thinking and exacerbates catastrophic thinking like yours. Sorry to say it, but it's true.

At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That above first sentence was supposed to read "This so-called loser organization managed to win four out of the last seven presidential elections, and should have/almost won the 2016 election with a barely average candidate at best and the major news media deadset against her and running against an experienced and telegenic universally known billionaire television personality."

At 12:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You prove my point, 4:10/4:15. LOSER ORGANIZATION.

At 6:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any organization that can lose to trump is, by definition, a LOSER ORGANIZATION.


At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sacking the chaplain because he prayed that the ratfucking passed by ryan, the Nazis and some democraps doesn't ratfuck the poor?

Why doesn't anyone else note that ryan proved (again) that he's just an elitist fascist piece of shit and obviously no follower of ... whatshisname... Christ?

The fact that chaplains, by definition, are grifters and parasites is beside the point.


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