It’s difficult to believe that talks of 2016 presidential nominees are beginning to surface just shy of seven months of Obama’s second term. However, with all the “potentials” coming out of the woodwork this early, America should have plenty of time to examine candidates’ stand on current important issues instead of candidate speeches driveling with milk and honey.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is considered a potential candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Is Gov. Christie a good choice as a potential presidential candidate? He is if you believe in the continuation of the violation of the Fourth Amendment by the federal government.
At a Republican governor’s forum on Thursday, Christie stated that those opposed to government spying programs should talk to families who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Christie also said that those who oppose the National Security Agency programs’ monitoring of American’s communications were wrong. According to CNN, Christie said, “These esoteric, intellectual debates – I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and orphans and have that conversation. And they won’t. That’s a tougher conversation to have.”
Well, Gov. Christie, I know a few individuals that would accept that challenge. It is not a tough conversation to have. In fact, it is a simple one. Every American will acknowledge that 9/11 was an atrocious act of terrorism perpetrated by practitioners of Islam and thousands of innocent lives were lost. Americans will acknowledge their continued empathy and sympathy to the families affected by this tragedy. However, no government program of any kind can provide total security to every American citizen or US occupant nor should any American expect their government to provide total security. There is no way to prevent every single devastating tragedy that could possibly happen by condoning government violations of the US Constitution by any constitutional or unconstitutional federal agency. The simple answer and explanation is the US Constitution Fourth Amendment.
Christie, a former prosecutor appointed on September 10, 2001 by President George W. Bush, urges caution in revamping the way data is collected on Americans by the US government. Christie, it seems, thinks that “this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now” is a dangerous thought. He identified Sen. Rand Paul, (R-KY), as an opponent of NSA spying programs. This sparked a sharp retort from Doug Stafford, a senior adviser to Sen. Paul.
According to CNN, Stafford wrote in a statement, “If Governor Christie believes the constitutional rights and 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.”
Sen. Rand Paul also went after Christie from his Twitter account making reference to former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. See responses here.
In addition to Christie, the panel of governors included Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Mike Pence of Indiana, and Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who are also potential presidential candidates for 2016.
At this point, America can ill afford to suffer through more politicians who would sell out the US Constitution in exchange for votes garnered through emotional pandering. I can’t even entertain the idea of Christie being in the “potential” Republican candidate group.
Christie has put a challenge on the table for those opposed to NSA spying to meet with widows and orphans of the 9/11 tragedy face to face and “have that conversation.” To me, this likens to Obama standing with a bunch of elementary school-age children after the Newtown tragedy. It also compares to Obama stirring the “racism” pot.
Emotions ran high after 9/11 resulting in the knee-jerk PATRIOT Act legislation. Congress, high on adrenalin, passed it and Americans accepted it all in the name of safety. It has turned out to be a false sense of security and in fact, has developed into a nightmare with the disclosure that the NSA monitors innocent Americans’ electronic activity and communications. It goes back to the old saying, “Give someone an inch and they’ll take a mile.” This is how the federal government operates now and according to Christie, this is how it should be.
Christie would rather people respond with their emotions rather than common sense. He will exploit the survivors and families affected by 9/11, in essence by playing the “sympathy” card, to get Americans to support continued government violations of the US Constitution. What other “card” would he be willing to support to further destroy the freedom and liberty of every American if he attains a higher political office?
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