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The Conservative Case Against Chris Christie

Lately, conservatives in the United States of both political parties have sought out a standard-bearer to defend individual liberty, curtail the refusal of the left to tackle the debt crisis in America, to bring back intellectualism to counter moronic rightist climate change denial, and to express, rightfully, that gay marriage is inherently, to use the words of President Warren Harding, a "return to normalcy." Now, regardless of Christie's murky record as governor of New Jersey, the fact remains that Christie is, frankly, an atrocious choice for both the state of New Jersey and the United States in any political capacity, including his current office, let alone the Presidency.  

Lately, conservatives in the United States of both political parties have sought out a standard-bearer to defend individual liberty, curtail the refusal of the left to tackle the debt crisis in America, to bring back intellectualism to counter moronic rightist climate change denial, and to express, rightfully, that gay marriage is inherently, to use the words of President Warren Harding, a "return to normalcy."  That is, conservatism itself simply respects human nature and asks government to behave accordingly, to, as Thomas Hobbes wrote hundreds of years ago in "Leviathan," clamp down the unfettered animus of homo sapiens so that we may all coexist while doing the least amount of harm to one another with respect to rights of human dignity, equality, and economy.

Amusingly, Chris Christie is currently engaging in a whisper campaign about his presidential ambitions much to the consternation of voters who actually care about the state he purportedly is in charge of.  Now, regardless of Christie's murky record as governor of New Jersey, the fact remains that Christie is, frankly, an atrocious choice for both the state of New Jersey and the United States in any political capacity, including his current office, let alone the Presidency.  More specifically, his appalling lack of politesse in relation to voters and his refusal to admit that gay marriage is necessary to promote rights of individual liberty preclude him from both reelection and any national role whatsoever.

Some of Christie's charming personal quotes, courtesy of Politico, include, "You have numb nuts," "First off it's none of your business. I don't ask you where you send your kids to school. Don't bother me about where I send mine" in relation to Christie's hypocritical stance on public school funding,  and, "You know something may go down tonight, but it ain't gonna be jobs, sweetheart" to a female protestor decrying Christie's abysmal record on job growth in New Jersey, a state still struggling with unemployment much higher than the national average.

Now, regardless of Christie's actual record which is, quite obviously, failing in relation to job creation in New Jersey when compared to the rest nation, these quotes, just the tip of the Christie iceberg, demonstrate Christie's complete tone-deafness to the vital import of glad-handing and respecting voters and citizens regardless of their, admittedly, routine hysteria and histrionics.  Frankly, it is the role of governors, senators, representatives, and bureaucrats to tolerate the annoying aspects of American society.  After all, it is precisely why we have a conservative federal states rights system in this country; we entrust key decisions on realpolitik to those with insider knowledge and expertise and these men and women must explain, professionally and politely, to the citizenry why they made the decisions they did without insulting constituents or, in Christie's case, demeaning them.  Moreover, Christie victimizes himself, just like groups cozily contained in the American left, with groan-inducing regularity, hypocritically crying foul when others discuss Christie's obvious lack of commonsense in relation to his weight while telling voters to suck up his incessant insults, bullying, and hard-nosed assessments while doing literally nothing substantively to address the most important issues facing conservatives, and arguably all Americans, today:  job creation and gay rights.

Curiously, Christie seems to leave his conservative bona fides at the door of his office, refusing to account for New Jersey's inability to counter unemployment, refusing to seriously make a dent in the unfettered insanity of insurance rates in New Jersey, and, disingenuously, making mealy-mouthed appraisals of gay marriage opting for the Obama, at least until recently, and Clinton-esque "compromise" of civil unions, an arguably unconstitutional, liberal idea completely ignoring the fact that Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 asserted, rightfully, that separate but equal laws in relation to civil rights are inherently unequal.  Even further, the Supreme Court directed states to implement integration of civil services and rights by revisiting their Brown decision in 1955, including the strong directive that states must act with "all deliberate speed" in relation to civil rights.  How anyone can seriously claim to respect to the Constitution of these United States, particularly with a thorough legal background, while saying that civil unions are even constitutional let alone preferable to gay marriage is, at best, nonsensical and, at worst, a lie.  Rather, it is diktat and embodiment of the, completely irrelevant with respect to civil rights, heterosexual "ick" factor with respect to the rights of homosexuals like me.

In a state that has much to offer, including a shore that Philadelphians seem to treasure, vibrant agricultural products like Jersey tomatoes, and one of the most educated populations in the entire nation, Christie's rudeness, his disrespect of the rights of the individual in favor of his political ambitions, and his churlish indignation with respect to insults and whispers levied his way, insults and whispers he himself engages in against opponents and voters alike, do a great disservice to New Jersey and, in a philosophical sense, conservatism.  In this sense, it seems inevitable that conservatives should look to State Senator Barbara Buono for commonsense, respectful governance that will create jobs while, thankfully, not rudely and appallingly dismissing voters of any stripe, creed, or, like it or not, crazy bloc.

After all, as conservatives, we have a responsibility to try to lead society, with all deliberate speed, toward freedom, not simply get re-elected and operate in an echo chamber of rightist political hacks.

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