Politics these days, amirite?

It's a common refrain, both in the news media and among Americans who are sick and tired of hearing politicians battle over insults rather than ideas. Imagine, for a moment, if politics was actually about uniting Americans, not dividing us.

That's the kind of America that House Republicans are working towards. It's a confident America, where people are empowered to reach their full potential.  

Speaker Ryan explains more in the 43-second video below.

"What really bothers me the most about politics these days is this notion of identity politics: that we’re going to win an election by dividing people, rather than inspiring people on our common humanity and our common ideals and our common culture on the things that should unify us. We all want to be prosperous. We all want to be healthy. We want everybody to succeed. We want people to reach their potential in their lives. 

"Now, liberals and conservatives are going to disagree with one another on that. No problem. That’s what this is all about. 

"So let’s have a battle of ideas. Let’s have a contest of whose ideas are better and why our ideas are better."