A Break From the Media Hype of Chris Christie vs. Rand Paul

rand-paul-and-chris-christieAnytime there’s any sort of infighting within the Republican Party, you can always count on the mainstream media to cover it laboriously. Their reason for doing so is easy to understand. As far as the media is concerned, practically any form of criticism against the Republicans is legitimate and justifiable. But when that criticism comes from within the party’s own ranks… Well that’s something special.

When a Republican publicly denounces another Republican or the GOP as a whole, their criticism serves as instant validation to  Democratic Party mouthpieces, including the media. It lets them squelch the notion that the arguments they make against their political opposition are motivated purely by partisanship. It gives them the opportunity to say, “You see, we were right about them all along. Even their own people agree with us!”

So when Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal, said earlier this year that the GOP must “stop being the stupid party,” well that was like porn to liberals all over the country. The video clip exploded across all forms of media, and the quote is still routinely used today by opponents of the Republican Party to bash their leaders and policies.

Of course, it didn’t matter that Jindal’s comments were made specifically in reference to candidates like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, whose bizarre, offensive comments during their U.S. Senate campaigns kept the Republicans from winning two likely seats in the 2012 election. It was a distinction that liberal journalists certainly would have been stumbling all over themselves to clarify, had Jindal been a Democrat talking about the Democratic party.

All that mattered to the media was that they captured on video of a well-respected, successful Republican governor saying to a roomful of people that the Republican Party is the “stupid party.” That was the story.

It’s not all that surprising then, that the media has recently spent a lot of time highlighting the war of words between New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and U.S. Senator Rand Paul – both of whom are likely 2016 presidential candidates. The two men hold opposing viewpoints over the U.S. government’s domestic surveillance programs, and they’ve been airing out that disagreement in recent speeches and interviews.

Despite the rhetoric behind the dispute being relatively mundane, the mainstream media has chosen to present the story as more evidence of a Republican Party in chaos, paralyzed in an ideological battle between its moderate and extreme elements. Of course, it’s not at all the healthy internal debate the media categorized the heated, often personalized, presidential primary contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as, back in 2008. Isn’t that interesting?

For their part, the conservative media has chosen to make a big story out of the Christie/Paul squabble as well. What they see is an impassioned battle between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party Constitutionalists – the RINOs versus the principled purists, with the fate of the future of the Republican party at stake. A lot of pundits on the right even seem to be taking sides, as if they’re contestants forming alliances on Survivor.

Now, maybe I’m the only one who thinks this, but when I look at Chris Christie and Rand Paul, I don’t see two worlds colliding with the inevitable result being hopeless division for the GOP. I don’t see a party that is narrowing their chances of returning to power in Washington because high-profile, potential candidates don’t always see eye to eye. I look at these two guys and I see one hell of a strong presidential ticket in 2016.

Sure, it’s silly to speculate about what the political landscape will look like three years from now, and I fully admit that maybe my observation is nothing more than just wishful thinking. But I think a ticket split between people like Christie and Paul would likely be a political winner.

Over the past few years, the libertarian strain of the Republican party has picked up a lot momentum, and it makes sense why. It’s a logical public response to a federal government that has grown dangerously out of control in both size and scope. Much to my surprise, it has attracted a lot of younger voters and I see that as a very good thing. The GOP needs the support of such people. I think having someone like a Rand Paul – a well-spoken, passionate individual with libertarian principles – representing the Republican party is a good thing.

At the same time, I think it’s crucial to have someone on the presidential ticket who is a confident and capable, off-the-cuff speaker. I’m talking about someone who communicates with the electorate on their level – a plain talker with an expansive appeal and an infectious personality that can win over swing voters. I think it’s important to have a results-driven leader with a strong record of governing, and if Chris Christie doesn’t meet all of that criteria, I don’t know who does.

The candidate with the broader appeal would have to be at the top of the ticket. And though many conservatives will disagree with me, there’s no doubt in my mind that that man is Chris Christie. He’s the more electable of the two, and before readers begin likening him to the last two Republican presidential candidates who lost their races, I would urge those people to closely review Christie’s record in New Jersey. He may sometimes sound like a moderate, but he governs like a bold conservative. From a Dead Sleep - by John A. Daly

As for Rand Paul, his placement on the ticket couldn’t be just for show. His political philosophies would have to be incorporated into the campaign in some way, and promised to be part of the leadership plan for our country. Libertarianism does have some appeal outside of conservative circles, even if it’s not broad appeal. And putting forth such principles in a supporting role will strengthen the ticket in the eyes of the growing libertarian base.

Of course, this is all fantasy-football type stuff at this point. But if the media is determined to make as story out of the internal debates going on in the Republican party, I would invite journalists to conceive what might happen if the different factions of the GOP manage to find common ground and build the type of impassioned coalition they did in the 1980′s. It seems to me that it could be a real game-changer.

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration, and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. His first novel, entitled "From a Dead Sleep", is now on sale! He lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • Bob Olden

    Well I don’t know what’s up with all the deletd comments, but it sure is a pleasure to read all the common sense posts of Brian Fr Langley. Sir, you should start your own blog as a contributing commentator for this website and others like it.

  • I Hate Fascists

    These right wingers are not Christians. They are Fascists. Christianity is their vehicle. Their true religion is the religion of hatred. Their hatred is apparent in just looking at their clenched faces, in their voter suppression, in their terrorist tactics to force repeal of healthcare law, in their refusal to pass immigration reform, in their mission to turn non-issues into impeachable offenses, in their fanatical attachment to the “2A” as a sacred right to overthrow the government. And this is when they are not the dominant party. If they would ever become dominant then the full extent of their hatred would very quickly emerge. Think Russia, Iran, China, or any other totalitarian nation that calls itself a democracy or a people’s republic

    • Brian Fr Langley

      Agreement at last, well kind of. You are spot on about the threat to liberty. But it’s not coming from fascist’s (we killed em all in WW2, well most of them anyway, and the few left are little threat) But Russia, Iran, China, you bet they’re in league with todays modern liberals (neo marxist’s) First you need to understand fascism was actually socialist. (The word for Nazi stands for National Socialist). Read the Nazi party’s 26 point plan and you’ll see what I mean. They were socialists through and through. Except, unlike the other commies, they didn’t believe in a world dominating, socialist ideology. They believed instead, in a world dominating, “German” socialist ideology. They were after all the master race. (their leaders were fierce believers in evolution and scientific eugenics) But today, unlike the Nazi’s, China and Russia still (and always have) sought the establishment of a (non national) world wide collective. As well, Islam like Marxism also seeks world domination. In fact, every spring for nearly 700 years, Islam marched in a 700 year war against the infidel. (anybody not Muslim) Conquering all the middle east, along with much of Europe and Asia. (we called them the Ottoman Empire) In a case, “of the enemy of my enemy, is my friend”, these two seemingly disparate ideologies have banded together to destroy the capitalistic Judeo-Christian west. Supported in the west, both by hard core Marxists and their duped liberal allies, they seem to be winning the day. While you’re guarding the front door from nonexistant fascists, (except for (maybe) three deluded skin heads) the Marxists and their islamofascist allies, are pouring through the back door. Knowing what I know, about the history of Marxism, and Islam, “2A” lets me sleep better at night.

      • I Hate Fascists

        So Marxists, Islamists, and liberals have banded together to destroy Capitalism and Judeo-Christianity? If that is your story and you are sticking to it, I don’t think I can convince you otherwise. You need to spend less time parsing words and more time observing actions. It doesn’t matter what is in the Nazi Party’s 26 point plan or in the KKK’s 26 point plan or the Tea Party’s 26 point plan. They don’t call themselves Fascists but they are Fascists. Which is to say that they are united in an inbred hatred of anyone that is not them. And this hatred cannot be quenched. If the object of their hatred were to disappear they would turn their hatred inward against themselves. They have no choice.

        • Brian Fr Langley

          Like I said, you liberals kill me. The Nazi’s made no secret of their intentions. Hitler even announced his plans in his book (Mein Kampf, my struggle) History is clear, we should have believed they weren’t kidding. Marxists and Islamists make no secret (what ever) of their intentions. They are both ideologies that have a plan for world domination, and it’s NOT a secret. (and this ain’t parsing) (most) Liberals on the other hand are just their stupid dupes. And I’d put my observations (of current Geo-political realities) against yours, any day of the week. nuff said, I’m going on holidays.

  • I Hate Fascists

    Denunciations, proscriptions, and opprobrium are just big words for talk. Unless backed up by action they are meaningless. How many hard line right wingers (not to mention priests) have issued such only to be caught in flagrant violation of their talk? I think you are being a bit of a Pollyanna when you say the problems would be quickly solved. For the record I certainly would denounce deadbeat parents but it would be hypocritical of me to denounce illicit $ex and p0rnography (or for that matter alcohol / marijuana) having partaken in them. President Obama himself has spoken out against irresponsible $ex leading to single parent families. What effect do you think it had? Anyone who actively worships has heard any number of denunciations of many of these behaviors. What effect do you think it had? If your goal is to reduce the number of single parent families then support of such measures as availability of birth control/condoms and family planning should be a no brainer for you.

    • Brian Fr Langley

      You missed the point, opprobrium needs to come from a fully engaged society. (not just 1 or 2 small group in the community) As for “No brainer”, considering the catastrophe encountered in minority communities, (with the rest following closely behind) A person would either have to be incredibly evil, cruel, or stupid, to keep insisting ideas, which have created such unmitigated disaster, still have merit. It’s like drilling holes in a sinking boat, to let the water out, and the faster it sinks, the more holes you drill. (such is the dogma of liberalism) Never before in the HISTORY of humanity, have so many children been abandoned by their fathers. Abortions in the minority community now add up to 36% of all abortions in only 13% of the population??? Can you say (ethnic cleansing or genocide)? That by the way, was the meaning of the word “planned” in planned parenthood. (the founder Margaret Sanger was a devoted Marxist and eugenicist, who sincerely believed in aborting children conceived by poor or black families, her “PLAN” is working. (and I thought you hated fascists). And because you (yourself) like illicit $ex, drugs and p0rnography, you won’t denounce them? Well that really is my point. Liberals not only have no solutions, they ARE the problem.

      • I Hate Fascists

        Absolutely. Opprobrium does need to come from a fully engaged society. Having made the point, you missed your own point. Which is, that if you had a fully engaged society, you wouldn’t need the opprobrium. You never hear the word opprobrium from any of your great right wing hopes. And there is a good reason for that. Opprobrium is just a big word for talk. The right wing concept is to replace democracy with theocracy. Sharia Law if you will, but of course the big difference being that it is not Muslims but right wing white Christians that are dishing out the punishment. Opprobrium becomes much more of a deterrent when backed up with the implied threat of losing one or more appendages. Your sinking boat analogy has no validity and no one is talking about abortion but birth control/planned parenthood which will prevent both unexpected/unwanted children without having to resort to an abortion which is anything but planned. Don’t believe the right wing pro-life hype. That is just a vehicle to push emotional hot buttons which they calculate will sweep them into power. After which the true right wing agenda of hate would emerge, and eugenics (not Planned Parenthood but forced abortion/sterilization) will be an integral part of that.

        • Brian Fr Langley

          reply awaiting moderation???

          • I Hate Fascists

            Daly has moved onto his next article so I don’t think anyone is paying attention anymore.

  • I Hate Fascists

    You think kids single digits in age are having torrid sex orgies after learning Kama Sutra in 4th grade? Birth control / condoms would lead to fewer pregnancies no? Pro-choice doesn’t mean pro-abortion. I don’t think anyone tells their kids to just go out and have an abortion. I have certainly counseled my daughter against that. As for solutions, you still haven’t offered any solutions, just pontifications. Standing in front of a blackboard like Glen Beck and diagramming the continuum of fiscal and social values won’t change anything. Carrying around the Constitution everywhere will not change anything. Electing a religious right winger like Santorum or Bachmann or Palin will not induce everyone to have an epiphany and become righteous.

    • Brian Fr Langley

      No solutions??? How about liberals loudly and vociferously denouncing illicit sex among minors and those folks who are not lawfully wedded? How about liberals denouncing folks who (of their own free will) engage in illicit sex, then abort their children. How about denouncing folks who freely engage in illicit sex, then require their Government to support their progeny. (I mean what did they think would happen, we know they got sex education)? How about making welfare benefits (all of them), hard to get? How about returning welfare to the States (where it constitutionally belongs)? How about returning education to the States (where it constitutionally belongs)? How about coining sound money (as is constitutionally required)? How about liberals loudly and vociferously denouncing deficits and debts? Solutions? I could give you another hundred or so. Liberals aren’t actually interested in solutions, they’re only interested in parroting the neo-Marxist views, (most have been duped into believing), leading to their glorious, egalitarian, collectivist society. It’d be hilarious, if it wasn’t so injurious.

      • I Hate Fascists

        Returning education to the states is not going to induce righteous behavior, and a lot of loud and vociferous denouncing/pontificating is not a solution for anything, so that leaves welfare. You want welfare recipients to undergo some kind of morality test?

        • Brian Fr Langley

          You couldn’t be more incorrect, societal opprobrium has worked for as long as civilization has existed. And it worked in America, (until it was recently discarded by left wing moral relativism). Your claiming it as no solution, is only proof, that liberals truly have no interest in real (any) solutions. I mean what could be easier, than simply denouncing immoral behavior. As for education???? Even Hitler and Stalin realized the value of training young minds. At very least, State control would create stark differences in educational outcomes between States. Empirically proving, which educational polices work, and those that don’t. Liberals hate this idea because traditional (conservative type) policies actually work, while liberal policies are abject failures. I mean how many BAD teachers do we really need on endless payrolls, who can’t be fired because of union contracts? Contracts negotiated by employers who are (actually) just other employees like the teachers. (and who get the same or better pay increases than what they negotiate. (can you say conflict of interest) Contracts then ratified by elected officials (who if they’re liberal) have received donations from the unions? I never suggested a morality test??? I’m suggesting responsibility. If you want to impregnate women, or become pregnant, (if you’re a woman) then you should raise your own children.

          • John Daly

            >>Your claiming it as no solution, is only proof, that liberals truly have no interest in real (any) solutions.

            Ding ding ding! ;)

          • I Hate Fascists

            What is your solution dingbat?

          • I Hate Fascists

            Raise your own children? Typical glib and simplistic non-answer typical of you right wingers. And let’s say you can’t, or won’t raise them? Do we just let them drop dead? Is that your answer, you who are so adamantly pro-life? You who found yourself in that very same unfortunate predicament?

          • Brian Fr Langley

            Several modern democracies(and other places not so democratic) currently confirm parentage, (DNA) and require child support. Able bodied men who won’t comply are jailed until they do. Seems in less than a week or so, they miraculously find gainful employment???? How does that effect your liberal sensitivities??? Now, now, wipe your tears away. Not only is society better off, but in the long run, so is the recalcitrant parent. Other modern societies so proscribe (you know, social opprobium) illicit sex, that cities full of starving orphans simply don’t happen. Yet in the U.S., a surprising number of jurisdictions actually pay more money to folks on welfare, than they could earn at a minimum wage job? Who would want to work in those circumstances. BUT it’s a trap. No job, no experience, no experience, no better paying job. It’s not rocket science. And for the life of me I can’t understand why liberals think it’s ok to coerce taxpayers into paying for the care of other peoples children, and not think it’s ok to coerce parents to do it themselves? If they can’t (a tiny minority) ok. But if they won’t, (a large majority)to bad, make them.

          • I Hate Fascists

            There are 11.5 million unemployed in the US right now. You want to throw any of them who have a child in jail? They find employment in less than a week? 4.2 million are unemployed 27 weeks or more. What fantasyland are you living in? What methods of institutionalized social opprobrium aside from Sharia law or female castration do you know of that are in practice today?

          • Brian Fr Langley

            Typical liberal misdirection, hyperbole and demogoguery!! We were talking about the nearly 50% of American children (today) being raised in single parent households? You don’t really need to worry about two parent families. Here the stats are clear. Over 70% of single parent families live below the poverty line. For two parent households it’s only around 6%. As for 11.5 million unemployed? Perhaps, liberals blocking attempts to securing borders may be a reason? 11.5 million unemployed is only half the number of illegals??? Are they all unemployed and their children starving to death in the streets? (since getting benefits is not easy for this group) So it seems there are really a lot more jobs for Americans than Liberals are willing to admit? (they just won’t do them) And why would they when in jurisdictions throughout the U.S. welfare pays MORE? The key to jobs is not rocket science either. Sound money, a fair (simple) tax regime, small Government deficits and debts, and jobs would be the natural result.

          • I Hate Fascists

            Misdirection? I thought we were talking about ways to induce righteousness in people as a means of eliminating single parent families. You mentioned throwing people in jail until they find work (How they will find work when they are locked up in a cell is something you might want to think about), and opprobrium as a means to that end. Apparently you don’t want to talk about that anymore?

          • Brian Fr Langley

            Come, come, comrade, Female castration??? Of course you’re resorting to hyperbole and demagoguery. I simply pointed out what some folks are doing. And the fact it works. I had a nice lady working for me who’s husband dumped her and refused to pay child support (or get a job) The local welfare agency actually took him to family court, which actually jailed him. He had a job within a week, (of being jailed) and was paying child support in two. He was completely caught up in a month and never looked backed. His wife succeeded, he succeeded and their children succeeded. (all living happily ever after) And you still didn’t answer the question, why do you think it’s ok to coerce taxpayers into paying for free choices made by others, and NOT think it’s ok to coerce parents (to support their own progeny) who became so by their own free will?

          • Brian Fr Langley

            PS About the husband going to jail. I was appalled at the time, as was his ex wife. We actually were going to make a big stink about it. We thought what kind of Nazi bas%$##rds would stick this poor guy in the slammer? Until he got a job a week later. Then found out, this jurisdiction did this kind of thing all the time, I mean all the time. And the jails were empty. Seems when motivated, folks will take jobs other folks won’t do.

          • I Hate Fascists

            How does someone find a job when they are locked up in a cell?

          • Brian Fr Langley

            At any given time in the U.S. there are tens of thousands of jobs being advertised in 1. newspapers 2. online 3. Government employment centers 4. Federal Government agencies, 5. State government agencies, 6. County government agencies 7. Municipal Government agencies. 8. Private employment centers. At any given time in the U.S. there are tens of thousands of jobs left unfilled because 1. they’re to hard 2. to dirty 3. to smelly 4. not fulfilling 5. to boring 6. to low paying 7. to far away 8. need to get qualified (yawn) 9. a combination of one or more of the above. All this info (and more) available from your typical county or municipal lockup. And you still didn’t answer the question?

          • I Hate Fascists

            Would you hire someone that told you they can’t come in for an interview because they are locked up in a cell?

          • Brian Fr Langley

            No sweat, they get help with dress, clean shaving, resume’s, and even conduct mock interviews Of course they can go on interviews. Turns out the cost of assisting parents to anti-up, is peanuts compared to the cost of welfare.

          • I Hate Fascists

            All right then. Let’s do it. Start with former Tea Party Congressman and current deadbeat Joe Walsh. But you don’t think that solves the problem of single parent households do you?. It is still a single parent household even if the father pays the child support. Now returning to your question of coercing taxpayers. Taxes are not the same as charity. You don’t get to decide whether it is a worthy cause or not. No one was given an option to withhold their taxes from the Iraq war either. And turning to securing the borders, the Senate has passed its immigration bill that addresses border security. It is the right wingers in the House that are now blocking it.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            Extra, extra, read all about it, can you believe it, right in the middle of our chat, the Cato institute releases a welfare study. How about that. Some 35 states pay more in welfare that the minimum wage!!! 9 pay more in welfare than 1st year teachers!!! 13 pay more than a $15 per hr. equivalent. Now how stupid do you think people are? Who in their right mind would give up welfare to work under these circumstances. So lets get the liberal agenda straight here. NO community proscriptions or opprobrium for illicit sex, no community proscriptions or opprobrium for large numbers of out of wedlock pregnancies (and subsequent COMMUNITY DEPENDANT progeny). No community proscriptions or opprobrium for dead beat dads. and now for the encore, let’s add in very generous welfare benefits. Let me see if I’ve got this right. Illicit sex all day long, no worry about consequences or mouths to feed, and free money with no requirement to work? HECK, SIGN ME UP. Let’s factor in the law of supply and demand here. The cheaper something is the more folks will want it. That is, the supply of free money, actually creates a larger demand for MORE free money. Free housing creates a larger demand for more free housing, and free food creates etc. etc. Let me illustrate. If my friend gets free Government food because he only makes say $1000 a month, and I don’t because I make $1,200. If the food he gets is worth $400, it will be in my interest, to work less to qualify. Eventually, (in your liberal nanny state) no one will left to work. As for taxes, all I ask for is, the Government to abide by it’s constitutional limitations, and for politicians to abide by the oath they swore TO DO SO. I can assure you with certainty, the framers never intended the vast transfer of wealth from one class of society (earners) to another. (non earners)

          • I Hate Fascists

            Ok we are back to proscriptions and opprobrium now. You have yet to come up with how you are going to implement proscriptions and opprobrium, other than saying proscriptions and opprobrium a lot. Magic words are not going to solve the problems that you have identified. As for welfare, I don’t think your solution of throwing all the deadbeats in jail will solve the problem, even if we accept the premise of your anecdotal story. But if you want to start with Walsh and see how that works out I’m certainly in favor of that.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            reply awaiting moderation???

          • I Hate Fascists

            Use smaller words. All these 100+ point scrabble words are throwing the spyware for a loop

          • Brian Fr Langley

            And here I thought liberals assumed conservatives were all ill educated, ignorant rednecks (with no front teeth) “clinging to their religion and their guns”

          • I Hate Fascists

            Most are, I think you are one of the few exceptions. You are a bright guy, just a bit misguided I think.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            Hilarious, that’s what I think about you (and other liberals) Some are well meaning but misguided. (duped) but most are just stupid.

          • I Hate Fascists

            Fair enough

  • I Hate Fascists

    Well I wouldn’t disagree with most of that, except where you make the quantum leap from that to the deficit. And when you blame poverty, incarceration, dropping out, and sexual activity on single parent families and in turn blame single parent families on liberals. Like most right wingers you are very good at stating what the problem is (liberals), but very short on solutions.

    • Brian Fr Langley

      my reply is awaiting moderation???

      • I Hate Fascists

        The spyware probably thinks any word over 7 letters must be an obscenity. Maybe Daly will listen to you if you tell him his website sucks. Me I just get censored.

      • John Daly

        I just heard back from the primary admin.

        It turns out that we did nothing to change the filter settings. ‘Diqus’ which is the discussion app we use, decided to add a few new words to their “dirty words” list – fairly common words that shouldn’t have been put in there.

        They’ve been removed, so things should run a bit smoother now.

        Let me know if you still have problems.

  • I Hate Fascists

    Ok so you hate Muslims and by extension Sharia Law as it relates to Muslims. You are explicit in enumerating the societal proscriptions that you are envisioning. No doubt you also have a vision, left unsaid, of how such proscription should be institutionalized.

    • Brian Fr Langley

      Hating sharia law, and hating Muslims is NOT the same thing. While I despise many types of behaviors, despising persons is NOT on my agenda. As for what I would institutionalize? Only the (now largely shredded) constitution of the United States of America.

      • I Hate Fascists

        Whatever you may think of free $ex, drug$, rock & roll, do you really believe those things are proscribed in the Constitution?

        • Brian Fr Langley

          Actually I like rock and roll, and drugs ain’t cheap? but to answer your question, the U.S. Constitution provided for an orderly society based on LAW, and the seperation of powers. This provided the working framework that allowed for maximum individual liberty coupled to maximum individual responsibility. As well proscription takes many forms (it’s not just legislation) and includes community opprobium directed at ignominious behavior. (something sadly lacking today) While I could be wrong, (though I sincerely doubt it), strict adherence to the U.S. constitution (as envisioned by the founding fathers), while not creating a perfect society, would get as close as is humanly possible to get. (Liberty, proscriptions and all).

          • I Hate Fascists

            $ex ain’t cheap either. You really are a trip bro. And this website with their censorship of anything even remotely impure is certainly taking your opprobrium to heart. But seriously on the other hand, what part of the constitution do you see as needing stricter adherence that would account for all this ignominious behavior? Be specific now.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            Due to my current reading material, how about article 1 section 8. The coining of money. There is no way to interpret this section other than, minting money was to be based (only) on a measured weight of a comparable valued commodity. (specie, like gold or silver) That is, money was to be back stopped by something with real extrinsic value that could be exchanged back by all holders of U.S. money for the chosen specie. Today, what U.S. money really is, is a check cashable for another check, and so on, and so on. Did you know the U.S. Federal reserve bank is actually a privately owned organization, (albeit with Government mandates) whose specific decisions are actually independant of Government? What I referred to in earlier posts was moral turpitude. But the real moral failings begin with a Government, which is now so deep in debt, that all the printing presses in the world won’t save it. Why? Because at some point, creditors will want real money, not paper. What this means, is the U.S. Government must know, it will eventually default on it’s obligations. For those folks who add these things up, total U.S. obligations (including unfunded liabilities) now equal some 100+ trillion dollars. (around a million dollars per household, not including all the State and municipal debt) Just a thing, as simple as reverting to sound money, would go along way, to putting the country back, on the solid moral foundations envisioned by the framers.

          • I Hate Fascists

            So the debt is the root of all evil? You really have a one-track mind bro. You should write a book or something.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            another reply awaiting moderation????

          • I Hate Fascists

            They really are out to get you bro.

          • John Daly

            Too many posts with the word “sex” in it, I think.

            Honestly, the moderators on this website have traditionally taken a pretty hands-off approach when it comes to posters commenting on columns. A lot more is allowed here than on other sites.

            But with some recent over-the-top profanity (including from our friend, IHF who just got himself suspended again), my guess is that someone changed the setting on the security filter to be more sensitive.

            I’ll mention the issue to the primary admin, and see if the right balance can be found. I apologize that your posts got delayed when they shouldn’t have.

          • I Hate Fascists

            Again?? What did I do now?

          • John Daly

            Ah Gee. I wonder.

            Very simple. Watch your language and you won’t be suspended.

          • I Hate Fascists

            I didn’t say anything obscene. Whatever. If you can’t beat me delete me eh?

          • John Daly

            Please. We both know what you wrote. Own up to it like a man for once.

          • I Hate Fascists

            What? That your website is a F***ing disgrace? Well it is. Own up to that.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            I doubt it’s because you’re not being beaten. Most of your arguments are pretty facile. But hey educating Liberals is ok by me, and besides maybe your learning a new word or two. (or three)

          • I Hate Fascists

            Yeah you must be a terror at scrabble.

  • I Hate Fascists

    All due respect Brian, there already are laws against prostitution, p0rnography, narcotics (use and sale), but they aren’t producing the results that you (and Santorum, Bachmann, etc) would like. So needless to say a stronger deterrent is necessary. Of course the right wing has a simple solution (the only kind that their simple minds can comprehend), namely that freedom is just another word for an unnecessary inconvenience to right-thinking right wingers and their divine right to rule. Hence Sharia law. Of course we can’t call it that because that term has already been co-opted by Muslims and we all know how right wingers feel about Muslims.

    • Brian Fr Langley

      Another response sent to moderation???

    • Brian Fr Langley

      While you await my moderated response, I’ll add this. For most (virtually all) historical and modern civilizations, the idea of an innate human dignity, was (is) a rare commodity. We fail to defend it at our own peril.

  • GlenFS

    I’m holding my stomach now along with my head. When Rand is president he can appoint Chris Secretary of Labor for his deeds in NJ.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Libertarian values pose a real conundrum to traditionalists. While staying out of foreign entanglements has merit, (especially these days) what would have happened to western democracies if Hitler and Tojo went unopposed? Historically the Judeo-Christian ethic has always proscribed (by community sanction) mores around sexuality and drug use. Yet the modern (liberal) dismantling of these proscriptions, has already led to a phenomenal upsurge in societal breakdown as a result. With statistical cold hard facts, who still doubts that failing to proscribe promiscuity and drug use, hasn’t caused significant societal decline? While it’s true, Libertarians don’t openly promolgate liberal mores, neither do they support their proscription. Their is danger here. Behavior that specifically and significantly ignobles the human condition, MUST be proscribed. Ignobility not only debases the individual, it’s tacit acceptance debases (all) our humanity.

    • Wheels55

      Don’t forget, the USA tried very hard to stay out of the Hitler conflicts. We finally had to join in (and I am glad we did). Pearl Harbor was another had-too moment.
      Korea, Nam and the Middle East? Not so clear as too what we should have done. Short of us being isolationists, I would have preferred we stay out of the last 68 years of conflicts.

    • I Hate Fascists

      Hey Ayatollah Brian! What do you suggest? Sharia Law?

      • Brian Fr Langley

        My answer got sent to moderation????? I guess you’ll have to wait for it?????

        • I Hate Fascists

          They must have confused you with me. Either that or Ayatollah Daly put a Fascist Fatwa out on you too.

        • John Daly

          It’s there now. I think the filter didn’t like the word ‘p0rnography’. lol. It needs some fine-tuning.

  • artlouis

    Christie helped defeat Romney with his kissy-kissy antics toward Obama, evidently because he was sore because he didn’t get picked for veep. A lot of hardcore GOPers will never forgive him for his sabotage, and they might not go to the polls if he heads the ticket. You might as well put Biden at the head of the GOP ticket, if being a loudmouthed Democrat is what you have to be to get there.
    Christie is the first politician since Ike who might plausibly run on either ticket. Unlike Ike, however, he probably doesn’t have what it takes to win.

    • John Daly

      I certainly wasn’t amused by Christie’s fawning over Obama right before the election, and it’s easy to speculate that it was done as a thumb in the eye to Romney after not becoming the VP pick. I wrote about this in one of my columns a while back.

      But the truth is that neither of us know what his true intent with that was. He’s the governor of a blue state, and perhaps he felt that during a time of crisis, a show of solidarity with our Democratic president would bring some comfort to, and lift morale among,his constituents.

      I could be wrong, but I also could be right. I’m sure that had there been a disaster in Kentucky, Obama and Paul would have appeared friendly with each other as well (albeit probably not as cozy).

      I reject the notion that Christie is essentially a Democrat. John Corzine is the kind of guy who is representative of the Democrats. What Christie has done to squelch union power and cut spending in New Jersey is the kind of things most Republican leaders only talk about doing but never actually pull off.

      I think hardcore GOPers will be pretty forgiving of him once they recognize his electability, and with someone like Rand Paul as his VP candidate, he’d shore up the base.

      Again, there’s a lot of time between now and 2016. I recognize that thinking about this stuff now isn’t all that productive. Thanks for weighing in!