Moderate Paul Ryan a Good VP Choice

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Moderate Paul Ryan a Good VP Choice
By RAY HANANIA • Friday, August 17, 2012
Southwest News-Herald Newspaper
Congressman Paul Ryan’s choice as vice president added a moderate edge to the right wing elitist candidacy of his presidential running mate Mitt Romney.

It might even be enough to calm religious fears. Many Christians, Muslims and Jews view Mormons with an uneducated concern. Religion is an issue despite everyone claiming it is not.

The choice of Ryan, a Catholic, is an ironic twist that might help calm voter fears.

Ryan is an anomaly, a moderate Republican heavily backed by the extremist Tea Party.

He also has a more even-handed approach to the Middle East. Whereas Romney has enraged Arabs and Muslims in the Middle East with his limited knowledge about the conflict, Ryan has declared his support for two-states for Israel and Palestine.

It is a contrast to President Barak Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who have failed in the Middle East, even though many Americans believe Obama is a Muslim.

Obama’s liberal credentials and his unique status as the nation’s first African American to hold the office have defined his first term.

But the issue of race is behind us. It’s been done and electing a black President is not a big deal anymore. Voters should now be forced to look beyond that egalitarianism of electing an African American in a country with such a long and brutal history against blacks and honestly assess Obama’s achievements.

And Obama’s achievements are not very impressive.

He fell short on healthcare. Even though Republicans are no better, we have to ask what is better? A broken healthcare system that promises only that we know what to expect? Or a system of empty promises untested and defined more by Obama’s compromises with the health industry than his allegiance to his own campaign pledges?

America is in a recession. Yes, it was started by President George W. Bush and his stupid emotion-driven war to destroy Saddam Hussein that cost us hundreds of billions if not trillions in spending. It’s been four years, and the economy is still in the tank.

Romney doesn’t impress me. He might well be one of the wealthiest people to become president if elected. He has no idea what it is like to really work for a living. He’s a corporate robber baron who outsources jobs in his business life, which means as president he will sell out America’s Middle Class to satisfy the whims of his big corporation buddies.

How is that failure different from Obama? How is life better for Americans when Obama has not improved the economy, only help make it worse?

Obama’s biggest problem is he promised too much and failed. It’s not enough to have soothing words anymore. We need more than that, and Obama hasn’t been able to deliver.

He’s not the liberal he promised to be, doing things no different than his predecessors. When it really came down to it, he let America’s emotions override the Rule of Law and ordered the Navy Seals to turn an assault on Osama Bin Laden from what should have been an arrest and trial into an exercise in emotional vengeance and revenge.

Murdering Bin Laden made many Americans feel good. He got what he did to others.

But that’s not what America should be about. We’re better than the terrorists. And we need someone who can focus on what’s right, regardless of political party affiliation.

Ryan might be the only breath of fresh air in this entire process.

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and Columnist who began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 (Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley) and has expanded to writing for newspapers around the world focussed on Middle East and American politics.

Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites and (Illinois News Network at

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post,, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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