By Kelleigh Nelson:
“In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.” — George Orwell
As if all the other candidates weren’t bad enough, this one takes the cake, and I would guess this is the type of person the RNC will run against Hillary Clinton. Does anyone really like this guy, other than Laura Ingraham?
Christie on Social Issues
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, in April 2015, publicly endorsed a national 20-week abortion ban, as have most other contenders. However, Christie was pro-choice, and donated to Planned Parenthood, up until he heard the heartbeat of his pre-born daughter. Link
Christie vetoed same-sex marriage legislation in 2012, and severely criticized the Supreme Court’s decision striking down a ban on federal rights for same-sex married couples. At the same time, he is “adamant” that same-sex couples deserve equal legal protection, wants a referendum on gay marriage, and vows to abide by a same-sex marriage law if the voters approve it. Of course, 2012 was an election year for Christie, so straddling the fence was a wise option.
Homosexuality and gay conversion therapy
Christie believes that homosexuality is innate, having said “If someone is born that way, it’s very difficult to say then that that’s a sin.” Link On August 19, 2013, Christie signed a bill outlawing gay conversion therapy in children, making New Jersey the second state to institute such a law. Link The law was challenged in the courts, Link with Christie, in his official capacity as governor, named an appellee. Link In September 2014, a panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law, saying it did not violate free speech or religious rights. Link
Tolls and user-fees
Christie has raised tolls and fares, which he calls “user fees” on the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, Hudson River crossings, and NJ Transit buses and trains during his administration to fund projects throughout the state. Link In 2014, Christie authorized the increase of numerous other fees charged by the state for various licensing and administrative fees. Link Link Christie says “fee” fixes are not taxes, but I beg to differ. All these fees, especially toll road fees, affect the middle and lower class who travel to work. Christie pledged to not increase taxes, so instead, he increases fees, 23 fee increases in his 2014 budget.
Obviously Christie is not a Constitutionalist. New Jersey has the second strictest gun control laws in the country. Christie seeks to make them even stricter. He calls it “violence control.” Link
Christie announced an executive order creating a new state task force — entirely appointed by Christie – to study the effectiveness of state testing as a whole, including the upcoming PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) tests and the Common Core State Standards that drive them.
In a second announcement, the governor said the state will also lessen the weight given the new PARCC tests in teacher evaluations for the next two years. Instead of the current 30 percent weight for affected teachers, it will be reduced to 10 percent next year and 20 percent in 2016 – largely inconsequential amounts in terms of the overall criteria for the evaluation. Link Think Christie isn’t in the back pocket of Education Czar Arne Duncan and Obama? Think again! Link. When Hurricane Sandy crashed into the New Jersey coastline, Christie effusively praised Obama’s leadership and how wonderful Obama was to the state of New Jersey, even though the governor supported Romney for president.
Governor Christie sends his children to private Catholic parochial schools. He is all for charter schools and choice/vouchers. He is a strong supporter of the state granting tax credits to parents who send their children to private and parochial schools. Link He also supports the introduction of state-funded vouchers, which parents of students in failing school districts could use to pay the tuition of private schools, or of public schools in communities other than their own which agree to accept them. Link Sounds great doesn’t it, until you realize who is supporting it.
Vouchers and education choice originally came from the left and was sold to the right. Now, both the right and left support this shift in emphasis from academics to work force training. This is proven by the fact the elites from both parties, including the globalist, NWO U.S. Chamber of Commerce; the internationalist Aspen Institute, of which UN Agenda 21 Maurice Strong was Director; President Obama, his Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; the Heritage Foundation (whose poster boy is Milton Friedman, originator of vouchers/choice) and all other neo-con Trotskyite groups; and the globalist Council on Foreign Relations (founded in 1921 by the global-minded Rockefellers) support charter schools and vouchers.
Christie also supports merit pay for teachers. Link Basically, this means teaching to the test, and the higher the test scores, the more merit pay is given. This is NOT academic education, it is Pavlovian/Skinnerian dog training of our youngsters. What so many people fail to realize is that when one penny of federal tax monies for education follows a child to a private, religious, or home school, all the federal regulations follow as well. In March, 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that private schools are subject to government regulations because they enroll students who receive tuition money from the government . Even though the checks are payable to individual students, not the school, the Court says any scholarships, loans, or grants to students “constitute federal financial assistance.”
In August of 1933, Dr. J. Gresham Machen, gave the speech, The Necessity of the Christian School. He was Professor of New Testament in Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pa. The lecture was given at the Educational Convention held in Chicago under the auspices of the National Union of Christian Schools.
“Every lover of human freedom ought to oppose with all his might the giving of Federal aid to the schools of this country; for Federal aid in the long run inevitably means Federal control, and Federal control means control by a centralized and irresponsible bureaucracy, and control by such a bureaucracy means the death of everything that might make this country great. Against this soul-killing collectivism in education, the Christian school, like the private school, stands as an emphatic protest. In doing so, it is no real enemy of the public schools. On the contrary, the only way in which a state-controlled school can be kept even relatively healthy is through the absolutely free possibility of competition by private schools and church schools; if it once becomes monopolistic, it is the most effective engine of tyranny and intellectual stagnation that has yet been devised.”
Please remember, whatever the government funds with our tax dollars, the government ultimately controls.
In the final article on Governor Christie, we’ll talk about how he “fixed” Newark, New Jersey’s struggling schools, his environmental beliefs, where he stands on illegal aliens, and just who he’s chosen as advisors if he chooses to run for President in 2016.
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