The Paul Ryan pick and its implications for foreign policy

by Ryan Streeter on August 13, 2012. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

Quoting Paul Ryan’s line that Americans “believe in growth and prosperity, helping people when they are down on their luck get back on their feet, and pro-growth economic policies that put America in the lead, that make us competitive, that stop tearing people down in this zero-sum thinking,” Peter Feaver writes at Shadow Govt:

That last sentence contains the most consequential implication of Romney’s selection of Ryan for American foreign policy. The possibilities of upward mobility, innovation, and entrepreneurship are also the attributes that have long distinguished America’s global competitiveness and leadership. Romney and Ryan both realize that the single most important quotient of American power is the prosperity and moral purpose of the American economy, to generate prosperity and to inspire those across the globe who aspire to better lives for themselves.

¬†I’m glad that Peter mentioned the “moral purpose of the American economy.” As both the right and the left run away from what they both consider the failed policies of the neocons, we are left with a vacuum of leadership on this important point. No one believed our economy had a global moral purpose than Ronald Reagan, and yet even his ¬†lionizers mostly fall silent on this point these days.

I believe Romney can find his voice on this, especially with Ryan helping him. For all of his work on domestic policy, Ryan has shown some depth on foreign policy, as Peter notes by pointing readers to Ryan’s speech to the Hamilton Society.

(thanks to Peter for the kind words in the post, too)