Criticizing President Barack Obama and Democrats for attempting to divide America with a class war, based on demonizing success and American exceptionalism, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Tuesday:
“Telling those who are scared and struggling that the only way their lives can get better is to diminish the success of others. Trying to cynically convince those who are suffering that the American economic pie is no longer a growing one that can provide more prosperity for all who work hard. Insisting that we must tax and take and demonize those who have already achieved the American Dream. That may turn out to be a good re-election strategy for President Obama, but is a demoralizing message for America.”
President Obama, much criticized for months by his liberal base for failing to obtain true compromises with the right in one budget battle after another, recently declared in his jobs proposal to Congress his unwillingness to sign any budget-cutting bill that did not balance cuts to social programs with tax increases on wealthy Americans. Republicans responded to these proposals by rejecting them as “class warfare”.
Christie spoke at the Ronald Reagan Library, and quoted Reagan’s remarks about the “shining city” as being a symbol for what Christie viewed as American exceptionalism: “in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.”
Christie said that “true American exceptionalism” is “a sterling example to the rest of the world” and that “it must be demonstrated, not just asserted.” Christie cited America’s “risk-taking” DNA as one example of how this exceptionalism could still be manifested. In a recent Swiss study however, which confirmed findings in earlier studies, risk-taking behavior of stock brokers was found to be similar to or worse than that exhibited by psychopaths.
Many present at Christie’s Tuesday address, reportedly including Mrs. Reagan, had hoped that the New Jersey governor might give some positive indication that he was prepared to enter the race for the Republican nomination for president of the United States. However, Christie’s has long indicated he felt he was unready to be president, and had no interest in running in 2012. He did not state otherwise on Tuesday.