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An encouraging sign that there is still hope for the salvation of this country's democracy and future:
SOUTH ORANGE, New Jersey (WABC) --
A group of middle school students from New Jersey caused quite a flap, after half of them refused to take a picture with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.
It happened Thursday during a field trip to Washington.
"It's not just a picture," said Matthew Malespina, a student.
Matthew says he couldn't go through with it.
It didn't matter that Paul Ryan is the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, or that he is third in-line to the presidency.
When he and his classmates from South Orange Middle School had the chance to take a picture with the speaker. Matthew watched from the parking lot with 100 of his fellow students.
"It's being associated with a person who puts his party before his country," Matthew said.
"It's being associated with a person who puts his party before his country." Teen translation: 'Ewww! Ick!' Lol.
These prescient middle-school kids get it. They behold the rotten underbelly which represents everything that the modern-day conservative political movement stands for. They see and understand that they and their family's economic and mortal well-being are at the very bottom of the heap of Paul Ryan's and the Republican's governing priorities.
These kids, unlike the conservative adults, grasp the reality that Paul Ryan serves almost exclusively at the pleasure of the wealthy oligarchs and the parasitic Wall Street robbers who are slowly and deliberately leeching the lifeblood from this country's soul.
Good for these kids for having the moral courage to take a stand. They possess much more wisdom and integrity than the whole lot of narrow-minded adults in the conservative movement who are willing accomplices to the Drumpf/Ryan democracy hating governing model. All of those kids who made a conscious decision to choose not to be used in Paul Ryan's conceited and cynical photo op, each and every one of them, have bright prospects for being productive, compassionate and unselfish future citizens of this great nation.