The Governor has a serious character flaw

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editorial.  

Governor Christie does not hate gays – unlike the rabid homophobe Rick Santorum. Chris Christie is not motivated by a visceral loathing. He is, first, last and always, a politician and his eye is no doubt on the year 2016 in Republican Party politics. He knows fully well he is not going to get our vote even if he stands on his head and gives away money, so why try?

He uses his allegiance to the Catholic Church as his excuse to deny marriage equality in New Jersey. It will cement his Republican base for a presidential run when the time comes.

But, what is that base? Arch-conservative evangelicals, primarily in the South and Mid-West. What a strange construct U. S. politics has become. Christie, like Santorum went for the votes of hard shell Protestants by espousing a doctrinal position of the Catholic Church that even the majority of Catholics do not agree with. In the words of Charles Dickens’ character, Mr. Bumble, “I shall retire to Bedlam!”

This cynical denial of our civil rights – especially in the face of polls showing the majority of New Jersey citizens are on our side – for personal political advantage is in many ways more reprehensible than the sincere, though insane hatred of gays displayed by Santorum. As State Senator Steve Sweeny has recently pointed out, marriage equality is a civil rights issue, not a political issue. The civil rights of a minority should never be subject to the vagaries of politics or to the will of the majority. Civil rights are inherent and must be self-evident. To sacrifice the rights of a minority for personal gain is evidence of a character flaw of the most serious type – one that bodes ill for a people ruled by such a chief executive.

Equality under the law is not a commodity that can be parceled out, more to this one, less to that one. The rumor circulates that the Governor intends to paint on the State House dome the famous quote from Animal Farm, “all animals are equal but pigs are more equal than others.” However, we can neither confirm nor deny that.

editorial.  

Governor Christie does not hate gays – unlike the rabid homophobe Rick Santorum. Chris Christie is not motivated by a visceral loathing. He is, first, last and always, a politician and his eye is no doubt on the year 2016 in Republican Party politics. He knows fully well he is not going to get our vote even if he stands on his head and gives away money, so why try?