Chris Christie Calls Libertarianism a “Dangerous Thought”

As anyone paying attention has noticed in the past couple of years, Chris Christie simply represents more of the same within the political establishment ruining America, albeit within a more generous physical frame. If we were unfortunate enough to elect him President he would behave exactly like Barack Obama and George W. Bush before him. This isn’t just conjecture, he straight up says it.

What is so interesting and offensive about his comments about libertarians, is not just the base manner in which he demonizes them for engaging in “intellectual debates,” but he is  clearly positioning himself against his primary Republican competitor in 2016, Rand Paul.

I don’t want to make this a Chris Christie versus Rand Paul article, since I’m still concerned Rand is more of a politician than a statesman compared to his dad, but lines are clearly being drawn within the GOP as well as within the Democratic party. So here are some of the more inane comments by Christie. From Politico:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is ripping libertarians — including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — for challenging government surveillance programs and failing to understand the dangers of terrorism.

“This strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” the New Jersey GOP governor said on Thursday at a Republican governors forum in Aspen, Colo. “You can name any number of people and (Paul is) one of them.”

I think it should always be a rule of thumb to never trust a politician who thinks “thoughts” are dangerous. Furthermore, he seems concerned that this strain of libertarianism is “going through both parties.” Here’s an idea Christie. Why don’t you actually try to examine why these “dangerous thoughts” are spreading like wildfire throughout the country. Maybe you should get your head out of the sand for a minute and recognize that people are getting fed up with the surveillance state.

Christie furthers demonstrates his disdain for intellectualism in the following quote, and then becomes even more demagogic by invoking the family members that lost loved ones on 9/11.

“These esoteric, intellectual debates — I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. And they won’t, because that’s a much tougher conversation to have,” Christie said.

“Esoteric, intellectual debates,” I mean who do these serfs think they are? Don’t they know they are supposed to buy iPads, drink cherry coke, watch television and shut up?

On a side note, I would personally be more than willing to come over there and sit in front of whoever he wants and have this conversation. I bet a lot of other civil liberties minded people would too. While I didn’t lose any family members on 9/11, I was working at 3 World Financial Center at the time of the attack. I saw the first building fall down in front of me, and I witnessed a lot of death and destruction on a very personal level. This emotional manipulation Christie is engaging in by invoking family members of 9/11 is about as low and disgusting a political move that one can imagine.

Then just when you thought you he couldn’t stoop any lower he states:

“The next attack that comes, that kills thousands of Americans as a result, people are going to be looking back on the people having this intellectual debate.

Yeah, that’s great. The man looks forward to the next attack so that he can bully people into shutting down intellectual debate. Classy Christie, really, really classy.

Full article here.

In Liberty,
Mike

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  1. Christie must’ve had a conversation with Mike Huckabee recently

  2. Why would you even bother to write an article on that tub of B.S. Michael?

  3. Somebody needs to pelt that dufus with Twinkies and doughnuts at his next speaking engagement.

  4. I read but never comment, but I can’t help it this time. Rand Paul should answer…

    “These esoteric, intellectual debates — I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation”

    Gov. Christie…why don’t you go sit across from the orphans and widows of the Americans killed in the false neo-con war in Iraq or the continued nation building in Afghanistan, now far beyond the point of simply rooting our terrorists? Or, God forbid, we consider the widows and orphans of the more than 100,000 civilians killed in both of these wars.

    It’s not esoteric and it’s not intellectual. It’s dead on topic and emotionally LOADED. Libertarianism will at least ACKNOWLEDGE the existence of more than one side to an argument and to consider them. And also we will consider the potential direct downsides of our military forays…my biggest fear being how many more widows and orphans want to cause us great harm in the future because of our actions. Where does THAT enter into the Neo-Con mindset?

  5. Government and their corporate masters are starting to fear the people.

    What was it that Gandi said? First they ignore, then they ridicule, then they attack, and then you win.

  6. Yes – Christie is setting himself up as opposition to Rand Paul. HOWEVER…it is merely political theater…early framing of yet another false dichotomy, as Rand IS NOT Ron, and has shown himself to be a player of the game – not a changer of it. Do not get caught up in the kabuki.

  7. Hey man, thanks for your work here. This column belongs to my daily dose. Christie is so openly establishment it is sickening. He sells his globalism as bipartisan but anyone with a brain stem can see that he is a front man for the predator class. That said, your reticence to kiss the feet of Rand Paul mirrors my own. As you pointed out, his failure to remain uncompromisingly true to any foundational principle bodes no good. An example for me is his support for GMOs and his lack of support for labeling foods containing them. I don’t genereally believe we should be “one-issue” people unless the issue rests so blatantly on fundamental rights that having no position threatens those rights and principles. I believe though that the GMO issue and its connection to political money touches every button and Mr. Paul is IMHO on the wrong side of it.

  8. It also shows how the MSM (or conservatives) want to make it know the public that Rand (not Ron) is a libertarian which Robert Wenzel has said repeatedly that Rand is no libertarian.

    http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/07/chris-christie-vs-rand-paul-or-judas-i.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+economicpolicyjournal%2FYZSb+%28EconomicPolicyJournal.com%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher

  9. Beware, Rand is also one of those controlled-opposition “hope and change” frauds …. Definitely not like his father ….

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