Paul, Christie Scuffle: 2016 GOP Campaign Begins
Christie, Rand Paul Scuffle: 2016 GOP Presidential Tilt Already Underway?
Written by Shad Olson
With the ongoing battle of ideology and verbal pugilistics escalating between New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul, several things become exceedingly clear, most notably, the deep divide within the GOP over the future of course conscriptives which only deepens with every exchange. Of infinitely greater interest to studied observers is the finely-distilled microcosm of philosophical narrative that is happening courtesy of two of the three players best positioned to decide the Republican party's presidential nomination in 2016, Marco Rubio's waterbottle being the obvous third.
Set against the post-Sandy backdrop of Governor Christie's shamelessly open kissery of the Presidential jewelry in the interest of securing steady storm relief cashflow, the stark contrast of men and their defining ideologies could scarcely be more clear. Governor Christie opened the fusillade with a scathing mockery of Senator Rand Paul's public flogging of current administration policy regarding warrantless NSA surveillance of phone conversations, cellular metadata, and computer traffic and a losing vote in Congress that would have halted such practice.
Christie believes, as do many of the GOP's more moderate acolytes, that Washington's march toward complete surveillance in the name of security should continue, unquestioned, uncritized and unabated. According to mainstream wisdom on the matter, application of such intrusion, contrary to 4th Amendment guarantees against search and seizure should be no more worrisome than those billions of bullets purchased by innocuous service agencies like Health and Human and the Department of Social.
Americans, Christie contends should simply trust that those with access to such power are our friends and protectors, and always will be, verification be damned. The Kentucky Senator to his credit seized the struggle for what it is: a continued public expository of the two driving philosophies wrestling for the helm of America's destiny. Rand Paul shot back Sunday, saying that Christie's allowance for continued NSA surveillance further erodes the GOP's national appeal and will doom Republican chances for the White House in 2016.
Conservative and Libertarian denizens of the shrinking GOP tent have pointed out for decades that a federal government capable of playing daddy-insurance underwriter for things like hurricane damage (and socialized medicine) would ultimately weild not only the capability of surveillance techno-Godhood, but the self-appropriated moral licensure to employ such capabilities in ways long predicted by the eloquent prophets of science fiction totalitarian vision, Orwell, Wells, Huxley, et. al. What we watch now play out in the conversation surrounding that inextricable linkage is the most perfectly illustrated divide of species and political bent of our time. Libertarian versus leftist mainstream. Big government versus small government. Constitutional proviso versus malleable, circumstancial interpretation and opportunistic manipulation.
Which side gains ultimate leverage is a question that will never be fully settled, so long as both camps see fit to break bread and share quarters under the same tent. It's a battle that's been brewing since long before Goldwater-Rockefeller in 1964 or Reagan-Ford in 1976 and will continue until some form of political mitosis eventually forces the two disparate organs to go separately into a wilderness of exile, presumably wandering in the dimming twilight of a nation content to patronize the polarized department store of whichever ruling set offers the credit card with the highest limit and most user miles.
Perhaps the inability to hear the approaching transition between the cha'ching of that musical federal cash drawer and the clanking scuttle of chain and manacle will prove the most vivid test yet of societal natural selection. It should never be forgotten that America is a rare respite in human experience between vast and unbroken expanses of class appropriated domination of mass populations, the rarity of which is being rapidly buried by plastic electronic toys that will outlast the bodies of their owners. Our brief window of unencumbered breath in the blinking sunlight of experimental history was brought about by the most enlightened intellects of this epoch. Shirking their discoveries and the warnings they issued can only bring about a return to the systems and corporate destiny they sought to abolish.