As cloudy and hectic as Hurricane Sandy has been for the United States’ Atlantic coastline, it’s only further divided and muddied the American political sphere. While New Jersey Governor Chris Christie serves his state
he is, in turn, doing a disservice
to his party, the Republican Party, because he thinks the President is doing a damn amazing job helping him.
“Outstanding.” That was how Christie referred to Obama’s response to the hurricane and his efforts with the federal government to bring aid to its victims.
And yet, the hussies and afficionados and gun-wavers have been up in arms. Speculation has been fuelled because of the ever-imminent federal election next week. Christie, some are saying, is betraying the Elephants by so loudly complimenting the Democrat.
“Already well-known in the political world, he is now a national figure,” wrote The Guardian‘s Ewen MacAskill
. “Christie has said politics do not matter to him at the moment. But, on Monday, even before Christie lavishly praised the president’s handling of the storm… right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh called the governor “fat” and “a fool”.
Sorry… Rush Limbaugh called somebody else fat?
They seem to be missing one very important and flattering point: Chris Christie is doing his job. He’s being honest. He’s serving his state and his country. That really is his job.
So, how do you pick a side in this war? How do you decide – at the age of 13, or 15, or 18 – to support one of only two real parties for your entire life?
Sure, you can switch. Those folks aren’t looked at too fondly, though, especially if you decide to either enter the political game or join one of the parties.
What’s been evidenced by history, though, is that even the Democrats and Republicans have waffled and wavered in their views to almost anything.
Abraham Lincoln was a Republican who united a nation and repealed states’ individual rights. How does that compare with today’s Republican party, who fights against Pink Slime and college education for fear that it infringes on their freedom?
How about in Canada?
How do you pick between the Liberals and the Conservatives?
Both date back to the creation of the country’s federal government. Both feature prime ministers with completely opposing attitudes and personalities to federalism and finance – Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Stephen Harper were both Conservative prime ministers, for example, and they each had differing views on Quebec and — we can assume — would have opposed each other on mandatory military service in 1914.
Both parties have seen their wild ups and downs and peaks and troughs, as well. The Liberals were on top of the world under Jean Chretien. They’re now a dead duck after three national flame outs led by Paul Martin, Stephane Dion, and Michael Ignatieff.
The NDP? Hell, there’s not much to report there, but are you really going to give your soul and time to a party that has never won, never led, and promises no guarantee of riding this wave out for more than one election cycle?
The Bloc Quebecois?
Either way, you’re going to need to keep your mind open and be ready for a flip-flop or two. It may sound weak, but it’s part of the game. It’s the stronger ones who can admit that.
There’s nothing wrong with not following Ignatieff down the doomsday rabbit’s hole that was the 2011 federal election.