Now, let’s get something straight here right out of the box. I am not a Chris Christie fan—never have been and doubtfully ever will be. He does not fit my concept of a conservative; in fact, I think he switches his appearance and demeanor much like a chameleon to suit the circumstances of the moment. If you are wrestling with that fact, consider that President Obama seems to hold the man in rather high esteem since they got to know each other better during Hurricane Sandy's aftermath. That fact alone tells me all I need to know about Christie’s politics.
If you listen to some of the liberal mouthpieces, they will let you in on a little secret of theirs: they fear Christie more than any other potential conservative candidate for the presidency in 2016. If this information is true, why do you suppose they are so quick to share it? Why would the opposing team tell you of their greatest weakness or their biggest fear? Could it be that they are hoping that we will all rally behind Christie as the nominee? I heard one liberal say this week, “well, he polls well among independents.” Hey, buddy, that’s this week—it’s not 2016 yet, and voters have very short memories.
On the other hand, the media carries stories to suggest that the liberals want Christie’s head. . .but could that possibly be just the creation of yet another rallying point for conservatives? I think that’s a strong possibility. All the bad press the traffic lane closures received might be the liberals’ attempt to convince a number of our conservative brethren to throw their full weight behind Christie. Oh, yes, the cheese is in the trap—they are just waiting for the mice to arrive.
CNN commentators are calling the situation with Christie a “scandal.” Ironically, those same commentators cannot seem to recognize a scandal when it involves the President of the United States, such as the NSA snooping, the strong-arm political use of the IRS, gun-running to Mexican drug cartels, or the tragedy at Benghazi which got four Americans killed, including a United States Ambassador. Never mind the train wreck surrounding ObamaCare. From the liberal media perspective, those were not “scandals,” but simply unfortunate situations. Yes, “unfortunate situations” in which those who were in charge from the President on down cannot—or will not—explain what took place. . .it was just “unfortunate.” To quote Hilary Clinton, “What difference does it make now?”
In a recent interview after the so-called “Christie Scandal” broke, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz laughed off the suggestion of comparing Christie’s situation with all the controversy surrounding Obama. Her rationalization of “Obama not knowing” in terms of Benghazi, Operation Fast and Furious, the NSA, the IRS, or the particulars of ObamaCare was that these were “policy” items with which Obama was unaware, but Christie’s situation is nothing less than a scandal of revenge. Apparently Ms. Wasserman Schultz does not subscribe to the notion of a “leader” needing to be aware of what policies are created and implemented on his watch. In my mind, that lack of knowledge is an outright scandal—a scandal of poor leadership; a scandal of incompetence; a scandal of negligence and, no doubt, a convenient scandal of cover-up. Given similar circumstances, the liberals had no trouble pushing for the expulsion of Richard Nixon from office.
Having watched politics and elected officials for a few decades now, I can honestly say that we have some of the most dishonest, disingenuous, manipulative, conniving, greedy, and outright dangerous people sitting in elected positions of power today. On top of that, some of them—like Obama—are appointing even more dangerous people to high offices in the government where they will stay for many decades to come. The sheer numbers of these people on both sides of the aisle is astounding, and these entrenched politicians become more emboldened every day since they perceive the American people as one, big, dumb lot of humanity that will believe just about anything. If you have not noticed yet, we are in deep trouble in this country.
No doubt this attack on Christie will endear him to many on the Right as they see liberals calling for the man to step down and step aside. He will be a contender for the nomination as the favored son of the RINO crowd for the 2016 election. And, if Christie wins that nomination and wins the election, conservatism will take yet another devastating blow to the chin as the country falls into the hands of a man who is not so unlike Obama, changing his colors at will. Most of conservative America will sit back quietly while those who work the levers in the Republican Party take the bait from the liberal mouse trap, swallow the cheese, and push Christie right into the spotlight. How gullible can one party be, willing to embrace the suggestion of Christie-as-candidate, yet unwilling or incapable of defending and articulating the conservative philosophy and position to the voter?
Conservatives should start preparing right now to hammer potential candidates with questions on their positions regarding smaller, more limited government, fiscal responsibility, and protection of liberty and freedom—along with respect for and adherence to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Rule of Law. If a candidate cannot or will not articulate those beliefs and positions, then they are not worthy of the Republican nomination for 2016 and they should be quickly tossed aside so that we can get on with the business of finding our voice. There are too many like Chris Christie who claim to be “conservative” out of convenience, yet describe themselves as centrists. When one stands in the center between two opposing philosophies, what possible convictions can they hold as to what is right or wrong?
The liberal side of the aisle will likely trot out Hillary Clinton as their pony of choice for the presidency. At the same time, they will demand that she be forgiven any transgressions associated with serving in the Obama Administration, and held faultless as it pertains to the tragedy at Benghazi. It will be deemed politically incorrect to even bring those subjects up during the campaign. Across the aisle, the Republicans will have their Chris Christie and be totally caught by surprise when the media nails him to the wall right and left for his inconsistency in terms of a conservative philosophy. While everyone is watching Chris Christie get beaten up, Hillary Clinton will become the next President—a tragic event by any measure.
So, as you watch the rabid liberal media dogs go after Christie for the time being, just don’t believe all you see and hear. You can count on one thing: they will stop just short of his head coming off politically. After all, no one on the Left side of the aisle really wants to destroy the “Trojan Horse” before the battle takes place.
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10 January 2014