I disconnected myself from the internet all weekend, and now, Sunday night, am checking political news. Luckily, the first thing I stumbled across is a man dressed as a wizard on C-SPAN making an argument about why he should be president. This I believe is all I need to learn on the urgent matter of the republican primary coming up on Tuesday in New Hampshire.
He embodies the absurdity of the political circus. And even though he is essentially a joke candidate, I can’t help but imagine that he is not so different from the destructive dictators that have gained power all over the world throughout the past century.
I closed Google News after watching the above short clip and was content to resume reading academic papers where there are no clowns in giant hats and the game is played with a slightly more honorable intention.
Main point: wit in a politician is a sign of character.
Chris Christie (a man with whom I’m supposed to disagree according to the blue color of my team’s jersey) really impressed me with his announcement today that for the millionth time he is not running for president. His wit, humor, and common sense logic won me over. Whatever you think of his policies, Governor Christie is not trying to be anything, faking an image, or afraid of taking risks. That’s just what wit indicates to me, that just like Biden, he is not afraid of saying something offensive in making a point he wants to make. His priorities are on conveying the ideas in his head and not on packaging a consistent message that will help win him favor with a particular group. At least, that’s my initial impression of the man. Here’s a classic video where he tells people to “get the hell off the beach”:
Of course, I disagree with him on many issues if not most issues. In particular, he is pro-life, anti-regulation, against socialized medicine, for lowering taxes. However, I do share his critical (but constructive) view of our education system, his radical (by conservative standards) respect for and support of science, and his opposition of using U.S. military for nation building.