I have not had a chance to watch all of this video yet, but I wanted to share it with all of you. Commentary will follow shortly. Enjoy.
In this speech, Chris Christie has given congressional Republicans both the tone and the language to win the budget debate. It is a simple formula, tell the truth and be forceful about it.
Republicans must flatly and forcefully tell the hard cold truth, the nation is broke. Our days of spend it now and pay for it later has finally caught up to us. Now, not tomorrow, is the time to save ourselves. Talk of "investment" spending is dangerously irresponsible.
Hopefully, Christies' words today will cause more than just a few Republicans to gird their loins and do the right thing.
Regarding Christie 2012, I am not 100% convinced he will not run. Christie has said time and time again he fears for his children's future. If that is true, how does one sit idly by as no one steps up to the plate? Like Ann Coulter, I am not going to write off Christie 2012 until later in the year.
Should Christie run, I am going to have to think long and hard about it, because I am torn. On one hand, Christie has all the things needed to win (the message, the toughness and the solutions). On the other hand it is that very toughness that gives me pause. It is no secret that Christie isn't a stone cold conservative. So on those issues where he differs from conservatives, he will bring that toughness to fight against us. Imagine how much different the illegal immigration debate would have gone if George W. Bush was as tough as Christie?
Before I vote for Christie I would have to know where Christie and I differ on the issues, then be willing to live with the possibility of losing on some of those issues.
I am a black conservative from a black conservative family. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and finally settled in New Jersey. Throughout my life I knew I did not share many of the common beliefs of other American blacks.
For starters, I never took to the term African-American. I have meet too many real Africans who are now Americans, to ever with a straight face say we share something in common other than skin tones. Their history and culture is truly a unique and is a completely different experience from my own. My culture is distinctly American, from the way I speak, think, dress and act and you know what else? I love it! So for me, I will always be an American who just happens to be black.
I put myself and my beliefs out here in cyberspace, to show my fellow blacks that there is something more. That one need not accept the false promise of the next social program, the belief in government as savior or the next Democratic candidate will right all wrongs. That true Hope and Change comes from belief in yourself, in a nation that allows dynamic movement if you are bold enough, smart enough and brave enough to make it happen.