Original post at 73wire.com
New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie says there’s no chance he will run for president in 2012. Zippo, nada, none. What a relief this must be to the Democrats and progressives on the left. How sobering for us on the right.
With the country headed down the socialistic path and voters awake and alert, the GOP must put forth candidates that have the moxie to take on and call out the media, unions, and, did I mention, unions. I’m not talking about candidates who have their butt print in Greta’s guest chair or establishment guys like Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty. Enough with the “if you run enough times, you’ll finally win the election” type of GOP candidate.
That’s where Christie comes in. He is a great communicator. He’s fresh, outspoken, real, and–gasp–conservative. And he should be feared by the left because he knows how to truly identify with his constituents.
Like George Washington–who did not actively run for president–but was rather unanimously elected president, Christie does not want the job. Here’s a little history:
To avoid any suspicions that he might wish to rule as one, Washington not only resigned as Commander in Chief, but announced he would never seek a role in the future government.
Washington’s experience in the Revolution convinced him that the new nation needed a strong central government in order to levy taxes for national defense, facilitate trade between states, and establish a national currency. The Articles of Confederation, which the states had agreed upon in 1781 to govern themselves, had little strength. In the years after the Revolution, it was clear that the nation Washington had fought to create was coming apart.
Washington responded by helping those who called for a new Constitution. When the Constitutional Convention was held in 1787, he attended as a delegate from Virginia and was quickly elected its presiding officer. His important role helped the Constitution win approval in state after state. Many wanted Washington to become first president, for who else had proven himself trustworthy with such power?
February 4, 1789 was set as the day for the first presidential election. Electors met in each state, cast their votes, and sent the sealed ballots to the newly-formed United States Congress. Although the votes would not be opened and counted for several months, it was widely believed that George Washington would receive the most votes for president.
Washington, however, was reluctant. He did not want to break his earlier promise to not seek office. He also realized the challenges and demands of creating a new government and worried that he would not fully succeed.
His concerns were addressed by many friends and officials. They pointed out that his promise had been that he would not ‘seek’ office, and he had not campaigned or otherwise worked to get the job of president. They argued that the new government needed his authority if it were to have any chance of succeeding. It would be far worse for him to refuse to help his country than to worry about misguided criticism regarding his earlier promise.
The first Congress convened in New York City on March 4, 1789. After a month’s delay awaiting a quorum, the sealed ballots were opened and officially counted on April 6, 1789. George Washington was the first choice for President of every elector in every state. He is the only person to be unanimously elected president. The Secretary to Congress, Charles Thomson, left for Mount Vernon where, on April 14, 1789, he notified George Washington of his election. The question of whether Washington would serve was answered when he said, ‘I cannot give a greater evidence of my sensibility for the honor my fellow citizens have done me, than by accepting the appointment.’ Washington, now President-elect, left for New York by horse-drawn coach on Thursday, April 16. In his diary that day, he did not write about winning the election. Instead he wrote about his worries about doing the job well. He also wrote about his belief that he should serve ‘my country in obedience to its call.’
To further drive the point home, I turn to President Dwight Eisenhower’s famous quote:
“Any man who wants to be president is either an egomaniac or crazy.”
How right he was.
I had the opportunity to watch a rerun of “A League of Their Own” this weekend–one of my favorite movies. Yes, I know, lots of libs, but still a great movie. Remember the scene with Tom Hanks, explaining that there’s no crying in baseball? Great scene, I know. But that’s not the scene. This one is. How true.
To quote the above text, much like Washington did, Christie needs to recognize that “It would be far worse for him to refuse to help his country than to worry about misguided criticism regarding his earlier promise.”
Governor Christie, your party and country are calling, please pick up the phone.