Freedom is not dangerous, Governor Christie
At a Republican Governor’s forum in Aspen, Colorado, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie blasted Libertarians as “very dangerous.” The Governor noted his troubles with the spread of libertarianism in both political parties, specifically targeting U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).
Christie is on his way to winning re-election as Governor of New Jersey and is obviously preparing a campaign for President in 2016. One of his challengers for the nomination will likely be Senator Paul.
Christie represents the failed, big government Republican philosophy represented by the last two GOP presidential nominees, U.S. Senator John McCain and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
RINO (Republicans in Name Only) politicians like Christie approve of more government spending, but just a little less than the Democrats. True conservatives like Senator Paul want to actually reduce the size and scope of the government. While Christie is a big supporter of NSA surveillance of innocent Americans, Senator Paul wants to limit this type of oppressive government monitoring that has been expanding in recent years.
Not only does Christie believe that the government needs to collect data from innocent Americans to keep the country safe, but he is a strong supporter of all of Obama’s counter terrorism policies. According to Christie, “President Obama has done nothing to change the policies of the Bush administration in the war on terrorism. And I mean practically nothing. And you know why? Cause they work.”
The policies that Christie loves include the TSA groping travelers at airports and the NSA illegally spying on millions of innocent Americans. In addition, he endorses the expansion of the Department of Homeland Security, which was supposedly created to coordinate the government’s domestic counter terrorism operations, but, in actuality, is nothing more than a massive new government bureaucracy that represents another way to grow government and infringe on the freedoms of Americans.
Governor Christie obviously does not care that our privacy is under constant assault from the government, all in the name of fighting terrorism. Senator Paul understands that a surveillance state is very dangerous, very Orwellian. It is not consistent with our U.S. Constitution, nor is it consistent with the values of everyday Americans. According to Senator Paul, “Christie worries about the dangers of freedom. I worry about the danger of losing that freedom. Spying without warrants is unconstitutional.”
If the Republicans would offer a presidential nominee with a true conservative viewpoint, the party would win the presidency again. In 2016, it will be vital for the GOP to nominate a candidate that is a stark contrast to the likely Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton.
Unfortunately, Christie is very cozy with liberals like Obama and Clinton and is like so many other unprincipled Republican leaders who strive to do business with the Democrats. The New Jersey Governor agrees with the Democrats on too many vital issues and in the last election, provided President Obama with a big boost. He lavished inappropriate praise on President Obama for his handling of Hurricane Sandy. In contrast, Rand Paul is not afraid to aggressively oppose Democrats. For example, during the Benghazi hearings, he plainly told Hillary Clinton that she should have been relived of her command as Secretary of State for her “dereliction” of duty during the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack at our consulate in Libya.
Our country needs to make a drastic change from the dangerous policies of the past. The RINO GOP establishment and the Democrats have destroyed our economy and shredded the U.S. Constitution in the process.
The real danger is not the philosophy being espoused by Senator Paul and other true conservatives, it is the toxic, politics as usual, philosophy aptly represented by the liberals favorite Republican, Chris Christie.