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.
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