Chris Christie at the Republican governors’ event in Colorado:
“I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought. I think what we as a country have to decide is: Do we have amnesia? Because I don’t. And I remember what we felt like on Sept. 12, 2001.
“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.”
Full RINO there, liberty and the U.S. Constitution — just an esoteric intellectual debate. Christie harks to another a former president, Woodrow Wilson, who also came from New Jersey and also had little use for the Constitution, and to the current president who actively disdains it. Both took an oath to protect and defend it, as did Christie when he was a U.S. attorney and when he became governor of New Jersey. Those were just words, I guess.
The video here begins with Christie saying: “This strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties now…” Both parties? What planet is Christie living on? There is not one shred of libertarianism in the Democrat party and there is a grand total of one, or maybe three at most, libertarian-minded types in Congress representing the Republican party. That’s not much of a “strain.”
I think Rand Paul could easily have that conversation with widows and orphans. I think he would tell them that shredding the United States Constitution to protect them is a false promise, that authoritarian government is less not more likely to find ways to stop terrorism, that those who are willing to give up their liberty for security deserve neither and will lose both. I think he would tell them that monitoring the cell phones of every American is more likely to distract the government from fighting terrorism because government officials cannot be trusted to use all the information they will gather just to find terrorist, that they are likely to use that information to go off on a frolic and detour against their fellow citizens whom they consider to be their political enemies, all while ignoring real terrorist threats.
UPDATE: Rand Paul replies to Christie with this tweet:
This rejoinder from Paul’s top advisor Doug Stafford:.
“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. 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.”
Stafford then hit the master stroke with words from Bruce Springsteen’s song “Long Walk Home.”
“In the words of the governor’s favorite lyricist, ‘You know that flag flying over the courthouse, Means certain things are set in stone. Who we are, what we’ll do and what we won’t.’ ”