(You know the VVS is really conservative because they didn't seem to think he went far enough.)
Anyhoo, our original take-away was a dumb quote by Paul Ryan when he said:
"Our opponents even have a new motto. They say, quote, 'Government is the only thing that we all belong to'," Ryan said. "I don’t know about you, but I’ve never thought of government as something I belong to. As a matter of fact, on the seven occasions I’ve been sworn in as a member of Congress, I have never taken an oath to the government."Oy, the stupidity of this guy...the brainy one in the GOP. What team did Ryan think he was playing for when he took his oath of (government) office? The Brewers?
Then Ryan went on to mouth off about how Barack Obama was treating Israel with "indifference, bordering on contempt" because one dead US ambassador isn't enough collateral damage.
But the super interesting thing of the Value Voters Summit was the online guest list of confirmed speakers...there was Ryan's boy-scout picture posted right next to Kamal Saleem a self-professed former terrorist.
Saleem claims to have worked for Saddam Hussein, Muammar Qaddafi, and Yasser Arafat as well as trained Saudi terrorists in Afghanistan. He also claims to have a huge bounty on his head and is hunted by members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Why on earth would the Values Voters even think of entertaining the likes of Kamal Saleem at their conference?
Shouldn't Saleem be in GITMO?
Why would the candidate for United States Vice President be willing to be in the same city as such a man - let alone be listed along side him as an invited guest?
Well, Kamal Saleem is not this guy's real name and various investigations have shown over the years he was never a terrorist, he is not being hunted by the Muslim Brotherhood and the US has not locked him up because they don't lock up con men at Guantanamo Bay.
The FBI has never even heard of him.
Kamal Saleem says he changed his terrorist ways because he found Jesus and he's glad to fill the Values Voters full of stories of impending Sharia law - which they eat up. Everyone is in on the joke and that is why the guy who would like to be Vice President is willing to appear with a man who plotted jihad on American citizens - because he didn't - but he does trash Muslims a whole bunch.
They are happy to not ask questions or require too many details - lest everyone discover what a crock of bullshit Saleem is selling to their ready, racist eardrums.
Hey wait! Maybe Saleem and Ryan have something in common after all.