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Wed Jun 24, 2015, 03:18 PM

79. Christie's cure for domestic terrorism? Make Love, Not Law

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In the face of the worst act of domestic terrorism since the Boston Marathon bombing, Christie has gone hippie on us (that's "hippie" with an "ie", not a "y".

Here's what he had to say about the Charleston race war shooting to a predominately white conservative religious audience:
Daily Caller: Speaking to religious voters...at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference...Christie said “This type of conduct is something that...(l)aws can’t change...Only the goodwill and the love of the American people can let those folks know that that act was unacceptable, disgraceful and that we need to do more to show that we love each other...That’s what leadership is about, everybody.”


And here's what he had to say to a predominately black liberal religious audience:

NJ.com: Gov. Chris Christie said the shootings last week in Charleston, S.C. were the result of hate rooted in racism.

"If we're going to try to understand it, we have to talk about it, and we have to talk honestly about it," Christie told audience packing the pews at St. Matthew African Methodist Episcopal Church in Orange New Jersey. "This hate didn't come from nowhere. This hate didn't just appear out of the sky. This hate comes from an awful place -- and this hate is born of racism. We must say that out loud."


As messages, they're not terrible -- but they would have been a lot less terrible if each had been made to the other audience. Shouldn't Christie have told the whites that not looking racism in the eye is the root the problem, and the blacks that adhering to their love and faith was at the root of the solution? I guess he can't tell the victims from the perpetrators without a scorecard.

There has been a lot of Republican reluctance to entertain even the possibility that the victims were targeted for racial reasons (as explained here). Most of them declared the attack as one on Christianity since it happened in a church, then scrambled to join the chorus to have confederate flags removed from state property. Too bad Christie's not enough of a leader to point out to white people that racist hate by white people does exist, and more to the point, it involves white people. Instead, his answer is love, love, love: love is all you need, not laws that will make it harder for people to get guns, discriminate or legally avoid accountability. Love plus faith equals peace -- groovy and far out, man!

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