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July 30, 2013 - 7:43 am

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) countered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s branding of NSA criticism “dangerous” by saying it’s “not very smart” for the governor to call out libertarians like that.

“This strain of libertarianism that’s going through parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” Christie said last week, noting that Paul is “one of” the people to whom he was referring.

“He may have heard that, you know, the Republican Party is on life support in the northeast. Republicans are in danger of becoming an endangered species. So, it’s not real smart for Republicans to be attacking Republicans. But I would remind him that I think what is dangerous in our country is to forget that we have a bill of rights, to forget about privacy, to give up on all of our liberty to say, we’re going to catch terrorism but you have to live in a police state,” Paul said on Fox last night.

“And it’s really, I think, kind of sad and cheap that he would use the cloak of 9/11 victims and say, oh, I’m the only one who cares about these victims,” he continued. “Hogwash. If he cared about protecting this country, maybe he wouldn’t be in this give me, give me, give me all of the money you have in Washington or don’t have and he would be a little more fiscally responsive and know that the way we defend our country, the way we have enough money for national defense is by being frugal and not by saying give me, give me, give me all the time.”

Referring to criticism over the Patriot Act, the senator said “we fought the American Revolution over the fact that we didn’t want a warrant to apply to millions of people.”

“The Fourth Amendment says it has to be a specific person, a place, and you have to name the items and you have to go to a judge and you’d have to say there’s probable cause. And here’s the thing, I’m all for getting terrorists. I’m all for — if I were the judge, absolutely, say yes. Get the records. But I’m for spying on terrorists. I’m not for spying on every American,” said Paul.

“And so people like the governor who are, I guess, flippant about privacy, flippant about the Fourth Amendment and flippant about the Bill of Rights, they do an injustice to our soldiers. Our soldiers are laying their lives on the line for the Bill of Rights. So, if we’re not going to stand up for the Bill of Rights, we’re going to say at all costs, we don’t care about liberty, then I think it’s really a mistake and we’ve gone too far.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Funny how the right to privacy, supposedly the basis for abortion rights, is so expendable when it comes to government snooping. A passed out drunk has more awareness than these dopes.

Christie Creme and the RNC are Republican Progressives, just an offshoot of the Democrat trunk. Understanding that explains a lot. Conservatives need to take back the party. Reasonable liberals need to take back their party. Progressivism is a scourge that must be eradicated.
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This one is easy! See, it's We The Elite People of culture of corruption in all of Washington DC circling-the-wagons. Funny thing, it's the GOP/RNC AND DNC united against Tea Partiers. NSA, IRS, all this donor list reporting, subterfuge and skuduggery are aimed at maintaining the Elite Washington DC status quo. Washington Elites are scared stiff. If large numbers of Constitutional Conservatives (like what happened in 2010) descend upon Washington DC...these Elite Effite are toast. And boy, are they sweating bullets. Strange new bedfellows and alliances are forming...McCain and DNC caucus, Chris Christie trashing Rand Paul...and on and on. Look for a complete stirring up of the Washington DC fetid swamp totally new "alliances!" RINOS running for cover under DNC's umbrella...just imagine! What a two ring circus that'll be. Tea Party is gaining in strength.Pray. Amen. A New America on the horizon.
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"“This strain of libertarianism that’s going through parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” Christie said last week..."

That's not surprising since Christie fits right in with the Big Government, statist Democrats. The idea that ordinary people can order their lives and live perfectly well without government interference is alien to Christie, and those like him. Philosophically, Christie is more akin to the Chinese Communist model than the American republican system.
52 weeks ago
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"That's not surprising since Christie fits right in with the Big Government, statist Democrats."

This. His has few accomplishments as governor when you really examine his record. On the other hand, he favors illegal alien amnesty, cap and trade legislation, gun control, spying on older white Protestant men and women because they're such a threat to national security, and stabbing conservatives in the back to ingratiate himself to Progressives.
52 weeks ago
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Let's all remember that Christie is an enemy of the second amendment and big gun control proponent. He is a big government republican and deserves to be challenged.
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