Fit To Serve?
Once again, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) loses his temper and screams at a constituent asking a question about the recent health care ruling. This is just one of a series of public outbursts by Gov. Christie, who has once again solidified his real role as "Bully-In-Chief!" Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) recently stuck his foot deep down his own mouth (again) for claiming that the IRS is the "New Gestapo" as it will be enforcing the new penalty/tax against those who choose to not buy health insurance and instead push their health care costs, like they have been onto the American taxpayers. Gov. LePage has a history of making provocative remarks in the past geared towards promoting a rhetoric of hate and conflict by appealing to those who share his views that not all Americans deserve to be considered "real Americans." This time, it's the IRS. Make no mistake, I am no fan of the IRS, but even thinking that the IRS is anything like the Nazi Gestapo is ignorant, irresponsible and a cheap way to pander to the like minded and dimwitted populace. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Illinois) had one of his own "foot in mouth" episodes caught on tape when after a constituent asked him a question at a "Cup-O-Joe" constituent town hall meeting, his response was to start screaming about "free markets" and when she replied "please don't yell at me, because I am not yelling at you," Mr. Walsh screamed back, "That pisses me off." Hmm, seems he has a problem with caffeine, or perhaps, handling legitimate questions from the people he is supposed to represent! Now we hear reports that Obama's campaign ads are erroneously claiming while Mitt Romney ran Bain Capital, he outsourced jobs to China, which is not true. On the flip side, Romney paints Obama in just as many false manipulations and distortions. Gov. Chris Christie just two days ago released a political radio ad railing against state Democrats for blocking tax cuts in New Jersey. Today, the news media released a report that it was Gov. Christie himself who was blocking the tax cuts he was really seeking (and that after railing against the former Governor for raising taxes, Christie himself has raised taxes by over $800 million). These are but a few current example of how politicians continue to think of themselves as exempt from speaking "straight" with their constituents. With politicians like these, it is no wonder our country has lost its way. Incredibly, their supporters will do anything to keep them in office or get elected. But ask yourself this key question. Are they really fit to serve?
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Daniel R. Rubin is an Attorney, Key Note Presenter, Lecturer and Award Winning Author. He is a retired Adjunct Professor of American History who also taught Advanced Placement United States Government and American Politics in Venice, Florida. @2021 Daniel R. Rubin Copyright. All Rights reserved.