Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Paul Ryan, VP Nominee, Lies About Marathon Time

Turns out that the Republican vice-presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, has run a marathon (Grandma's in 1990), and at first glance I must applaud the man for that even if I could not disagree more with his proposed policies.

But--and this is a big but--it also turns out that he lied about it.  Via, here, we learn that his best marathon time was actually a 4:01 and not the "two hour fifty something" that he claims.

Never mind any factual inaccuracies in his political speeches: a runner's time is sacred. Straight-up lying about Obama "raiding" Medicare and closing GM plants is one thing. Bragging about a fictional athletic accomplishment is quite another.

"Sacred" indeed is true.  You just don't lie about your times and your accomplishments--it's just NOT DONE.  Sure, in the big scheme of things a difference of an hour in a marathon nearly a quarter of a century ago doesn't amount to a pinch of crap in terms of worldly impacts.  But it says reams about the kind of person you are.

Reminds me of a Vince Lombardi quote that has stuck with me over the years:

"If you cheat on the practice field, you'll cheat in the game," he said, "and if you cheat in the game, you'll cheat the rest of your life."

Paul Ryan, cheater.  A person who would lie about a race time does not have the character to be Vice President.  Case closed.


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