Paul Ryan Pre-Emptively Surrenders

Barb Wire

The brand new Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, barely has the gavel in his hands and he has already surrendered on the fight to defund Planned Parenthood.

Never mind that the latest video release by the Center for Medical Progress features a Planned Parenthood abortionist laughing about her ongoing goal to remove an entire intact head from a baby. Something to “strive for,” she said.

Paul Ryan certainly seems like a nice guy. He’s friendly, affable, has a quick smile, and is a great family man. Kudos to him for only taking the job as Speaker on the condition that he be able to spend his weekends at home with his family instead of out and about raising cash for the Republican Party.

But God has called us to something better than being “nice.” He has called us to be “good.” The difference? Nice guys never confront evil; good guys do. Jesus was not executed because he was nice. He was executed because he was good.

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In politics, nice guys get rolled. Nice guys don’t put up a fight. They want to go along to get along. They want to be the reasonable, accommodating ones in the room. And so the guys on the other side of the aisle, who never budge on their convictions, carry the day because nice guys will always fold in the end.

A nice guy with the right convictions but no stomach for the fight will always lose to the guy with bad convictions who’s playing for keeps. Nice guys will always find a good reason to capitulate. Being “realistic” is certainly a nice-sounding explanation.

From Speaker Ryan’s interview with Dana Bash on CNN (emphasis mine):

The brand new Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, barely has the gavel in his hands and he has already surrendered on the fight to defund Planned Parenthood.

Never mind that the latest video release by the Center for Medical Progress features a Planned Parenthood abortionist laughing about her ongoing goal to remove an entire intact head from a baby. Something to “strive for,” she said.

Paul Ryan certainly seems like a nice guy. He’s friendly, affable, has a quick smile, and is a great family man. Kudos to him for only taking the job as Speaker on the condition that he be able to spend his weekends at home with his family instead of out and about raising cash for the Republican Party.

But God has called us to something better than being “nice.” He has called us to be “good.” The difference? Nice guys never confront evil; good guys do. Jesus was not executed because he was nice. He was executed because he was good.

In politics, nice guys get rolled. Nice guys don’t put up a fight. They want to go along to get along. They want to be the reasonable, accommodating ones in the room. And so the guys on the other side of the aisle, who never budge on their convictions, carry the day because nice guys will always fold in the end.

A nice guy with the right convictions but no stomach for the fight will always lose to the guy with bad convictions who’s playing for keeps. Nice guys will always find a good reason to capitulate. Being “realistic” is certainly a nice-sounding explanation.

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Bryan Fischer
Bryan Fischer is the Director of Issue Analysis at the American Family Association. He has degrees from Stanford University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He pastored for 25 years in Idaho, where he served as the chaplain of the Idaho state senate and co-authored Idaho's marriage amendment. He came to AFA in 2009.

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