As the Republican primaries wind down and Rick Santorum continues his failing crusade of anger at everything he hates, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney continue bickering “he said, she said” during debates, and Ron Paul remains a live-action version of Yosemite Sam (hooting and hollering all the time), one cannot help but wonder if Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie are wondering whether they made the wrong choice not to run for the presidency. With Barack Obama sitting pretty in every presidential poll, the only party the GOP will be having this year is the one that anoints Romney as the GOP nominee, and then, in the words of Eminem, we’ll “snap back to reality.” Where is the passion in these men? Where is their courage? I’ll tell you where it is. It’s in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who recently showed again why he should be running our country.
I’ve written about Christie many times before, and I will unabashedly continue to do so as long as he articulates conservatism as well as he does. When he’s not bashing teacher unions or knocking down dumb questions at press conferences, he’s speaking at numerous events, saying the difficult things that most would consider political suicide. In mid-February Christie made some very important comments on America, Israel and the importance of supporting our friends in the Middle East.
Recently, Christie spoke to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and reminded everyone there how important America’s support of Israel is and will always be, telling the crowd, “America should stand by its friends and its democratic allies, even, and sometimes especially, when it’s unpopular to do so.” Christie’s words are like small daggers, challenging our leadership to adhere to American values and not politically correct mumbo jumbo.
The governor went on to mock world leaders too morally weak to stand up alongside Israel, adding, “It may not be fashionable in some of the chancelleries, the foreign ministries and salons around the world to talk about why America stands with Israel — but that’s no excuse not to be saying (it), and saying it loudly.” One aspect of leadership is saying what you believe, and no one does that better than Christie.
Christie went on to add that if we fail in our support of Israel, we will not only be harming that nation but our own self-interests as well: “A threat to Israel is a threat to America. A threat to the Israeli way of life is a threat to the American way of life. Not only for here in America, but for all the nations that emulate our democracy or are trying to emulate our democracy around the world.” While many can bark and cry about America being too stretched-out across the world, we must never forget that many governments hate us and Israel, and if we do not fight those who oppose democracy, we will lose to those who do.
Christie closed with a challenge to whoever ends up running our country after the November elections, declaring, “Any president, Republican or Democrat, who allows [an attack on Israel] to occur on his watch would be acting in a way that is profoundly against the national security interests of the United States and the security interests of our friends in Israel.”
I worry that these words will fall on deaf ears with Obama and not be taken seriously with Romney.
Israel has become more and more of a nonissue as the Middle East grows messier and messier. Americans appear disinterested in maintaining a relationship with a Middle Eastern country after two long (and, many say, pointless) wars, and with Iran continuing to pursue a weapons arsenal that would make the world that much more dangerous.
What Christie has done is reminded the GOP candidates that our message is better than our opponents’. Our moral clarity is brighter and more in tune with American values. The left worries about global warming; we worry about global terror. The left worries about making our enemies happy; conservatives worry about standing up for good people and defeating those who wish to harm them.
Oh, Chris Christie, it isn’t too late to run, is it?