In a country where the election cycle never sleeps, Presidential contenders try not to miss an opportunity to batter their opponents. At a Governor’s forum last week New Jersey Governor Chris Christie used fear to defend NSA spying on Americans, criticizing Senator Rand Paul for his Libertarian positions, including Paul’s ridicule of the NSA because of their widespread surveillance policies. Christie has been a middle of the road type, trying to attract votes from each side of the isle, which is especially necessary in his home state of New Jersey. Apparently he thinks this is a winning strategy to capture the white house, possibly failing to see the similarities between himself, Mitt Romney, and John McCain as wishy-washy ideologically inconsistent political opportunists. Christie has exposed the fact that he is actual a progressive, by using fear and sympathy to appeal to voters emotions, instead of logic, reason, and evidence to form policy.
“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.
“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 and wondering whether they put …” Christie said before trailing off.
According to Politico Christie also criticized a “strain of libertarianism” that he believe is “a very dangerous thought”. His tactics are so obvious to anyone that pays attention. Parade some orphaned children and widows in front of the audience, and anything he says is right: Every time you seek to protect your constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure, you’re inviting another terrorist attack! You’re laughing in the face of the children and wives of people murdered by terrorists, just because you want to exercise your measly little constitutional rights! Chris Christie has no problem fear mongering and shamelessly using orphans and widows as his political props to prove a point.
And one of the biggest jokes Christie told was that Americans are safer because of Bush and Obama’s policies!
“President Obama has done nothing to change the policies of the Bush administration in the war on terrorism. And I mean practically nothing,” he said. “And you know why? Cause they work.”
Except that there have been terror attacks in America since then (Boston Marathon, Fort Hood), Americans have been killed by terrorists overseas (Benghazi), and terrorists have made it past safe guards, and only failed because of faulty equipment (the underwear bomber). Chris Christie might as well have been criticizing Benjamin Franklin for saying that “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” I guess Christie thinks shipping American troops around the world and busting down some doors keeps us safer, but in reality it just ensures perpetual war. I guess Christie has no problem with the ramping up of the surveillance state, and of the militarized police state which puts every American civilian at risk.
The fact is you do not need to violate people’s rights in order to keep America safer; that is merely an excuse for power hungry politicians who want control. Which is why I trust Rand Paul’s approach, upholding individual rights and attacking actual threats to our country in a constitutional way. Here’s the statement from Paul’s office in response to Christie.
“If Gov. Christie believes the constitutional rights and the privacy of all Americans is ‘esoteric’, he either needs a new dictionary, or he needs to talk to more Americans, because a great number of them are concerned about the dramatic overreach of our government in recent years,” Doug Stafford, a senior adviser to Paul, said in a statement to POLITICO. “Defending America and fighting terrorism is the concern of all Americans, especially Sen. Paul. But it can and must be done in keeping with our Constitution and while protecting the freedoms that make America exceptional.”