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The GOP’s ‘sit down and shut up’ candidate: Christie

Written By | Jul 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2015 – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday that he is running for president. In a move that can only be described as appropriate, Christie began his run for the White House at a high school gymnasium – a venue of testosterone-fueled sound and fury.

Speaking of insignificant racket, Christie once told a protester, “So, listen. You want to have a conversation later? I’m happy to have it later, buddy. But until that time, sit down and shut up!”

In Christie’s mind, his rhetorical style is worthy of an Oxford Union debate.

He chafed when Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said the National Security Agency’s  domestic spying  program was a blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against “unreasonable searches and seizures.” Christie described Paul’s objections as nothing more than “esoteric, intellectual debates.”

“This strain of libertarianism that’s going through [the political] parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” Christie told the press.

As I recall my American history, Britain’s King George III objected to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Adams’ thoughtful arguments for the rights of man by saying, in effect, “Sit down and shut up!”

Thugs are long on loud and short on reason.

Building a new nation on the principle of individual sovereignty was difficult and complex, requiring months of reasoned debate among our Founding Fathers. You might compare it to the intricacies required to build a bridge, say the George Washington Bridge, which spans the Hudson River.

But as Christie can attest, it’s much easier to order a bridge closed (like debate) than to build and open one for the free flow of traffic.
Christie2The Christie candidacy is a large billboard announcing  the GOP’s shriveling intellectual and political significance.

It should be dawning on you, at last, that there is not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrats and the establishment wing of the Republican Party.

You might recall that in 2010 and 2014, Americans changed the majority party in Congress from Democratic to Republican. Has it made a difference?

Honestly, no.

There is a war underway for the heart and soul of Abraham Lincoln’s party. The men managing the silent, bipartisan gentleman’s agreement that maintains the nation’s disastrous status quo, no matter which party is in power, isn’t quite so silent anymore.

And they are undermining the consent of the governed for the dictates of a few.

The executive and judicial branches are increasingly more flagrant in imposing their will on formerly free citizens, now serfs, than ever before.

A headline over a recent column by conservative Thomas Sowell reads, “Republicans Should Stop Nominating Mushy Moderates to the Supreme Court.”

Actually, Republican voters – the soft, gooey centrists in particular – should stop electing mushy moderates to office… any office… even president.

And so, it falls to the tea party-conservative-libertarian agitators to expand their influence within the GOP until the day loud-mouthed, moderate, know-nothings – like Chris Christie – no longer rule the party with “sit down and shut up.”

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.