Noonan: Christie is Just 'Selfish' Man

Image: Noonan: Christie is Just 'Selfish' Man

Friday, 17 Jan 2014 09:11 AM

By Melanie Batley

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Politicians are the "locus of selfishness in the modern world," and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and President Barack Obama are evidence of that, says commentator Peggy Noonan.

In her column for The Wall Street Journal, Noonan says that although public servants should inherently be less selfish and more focused on the public good, the public no longer expects that. Politicians recognize, and capitalize on, the change in attitude.

Urgent: Do You Like Chris Christie? Vote Now

Politicians "use the knowledge to justify being even worse than they'd normally be. 'If I have the name, I might as well have the game'. They are the locus of selfishness in the modern world," she writes.

"Chris Christie's problem isn't that he's a bully, it's that he's selfish. Barack Obama isn't stupid and therefore the maker of mayhem, he's selfish."

Noonan goes on to say that it is well known among those working with lawmakers that their actions are driven by their own needs, wants and interests instead of the people they serve, even as the country grapples with unprecedented crises.

"Mr. Christie is a great talent, a political figure of real and natural gifts. What has jeopardized his position is not that he's gruff, in-your-face, insistent — a bully. It's that he's been selfish," she writes.

Noonan gives a number of examples of Christie's selfishness. She points to his speech at the 2012 speech at the GOP convention in which Christie spent far more time talking about himself than about Mitt Romney's presidential bid.

She says his "effusive embrace" of Obama following superstorm Sandy was also an example of a selfish bid to win over Democrats in an election year when he was already on track for a landslide victory.

"He was already going to win big. But he had to win bigger, had to have more," she writes.
"When bridge-gate came, it seemed to fit the pattern — he'll ding you when he doesn't have to, even if it makes local citizens cry, to gain an advantage, to get more. Whoever made the call, selfishness is at the heart of that scandal."

Noonan says Obama's rhetoric and policies are also rooted in selfishness, describing the president's signature healthcare law as a prime example.

"It was political selfishness that blew up the American healthcare system. And it's the public, in this and other messes, that's left holding the bag. But as government gets bigger the bag gets bigger, and people will get tired of carrying it. They're already tired," she writes.

Noonan concludes by saying, "Someday history will write of our era, and to history the biggest scandal will be the thing we all accepted in our leaders, chronic and endemic selfishness. History will be hard on us for that."

Urgent: Do You Like Chris Christie? Vote Now

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Reagan Astrologer, Joan Quigley, Dies at 87

Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 00:11 AM

Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan's schedule and claimed to have convinced him t . . .

Mali's First Ebola Case, A 2-Year-Old Girl, Dies

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 23:08 PM

A two-year-old girl who was Mali's first case of Ebola died on Friday, shortly after the World Health Organization warne . . .

US General: North Korea Closer to Building Nuclear Weapon

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 22:53 PM

Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. forces on the Korean Peninsula, said Friday that North Korea is moving closer . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved