I owe an apology to my Conservative readers for Sunday’s endorsement of Republican Gov. Chris Christie. The simple fact is, I was sick. Having strep throat (I still have it) doesn’t make for sanity.
His reversal on the issue of gay marriage is a deal-breaker. A rebuke from one of my favorite readers and a visit yesterday from the Jehovah’s Witnesses reminded me of that reality.
“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it,” Leo Tolstoy wrote in “A Confession.” That’s for those who believe quoting the Bible is uncool..
Or how about Confucius? “The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.”
For the classically educated: “Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.” Augustine of Hippo
American history fans will relate to this quote from Lincoln: “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”
Tea Partiers will enjoy quoting one of the Founding Fathers, Patrick Henry: “The eternal difference between right and wrong does not fluctuate, it is immutable.”
“In the simple moral maxim the Marine Corps teaches
— do the right thing, for the right reason
— no exception exists that says: unless there’s criticism or risk. Damn the consequences.”
― Josh Rushing, Mission Al-Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World
But Isaiah said it best: “Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil, that put darkness for light and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight.” Isaiah 5:20-21 and 23: “Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him.”
Because we don’t read the Bible or discuss it, because we listen to that old saw that cautions us about discussing sex, politics and religion in public, we ignore the lesson of Soddom and Gomorrah at our peril. Homosexuality is wrong. Jesus taught that we should not judge; therefore leave them to God. But that does not mean that we must give them the right to overturn our churches and our religious beliefs.
Gov. Christie went a step too far in appeasing the Left and what a writer in the National Review called “The Post-Modernists” (the young people now raising their children).
I hereby retract my endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie for governor of New Jersey. There’s not much in the way of other candidates for whom we can vote. Therefore, I will write in a candidate. Probably Steve Lonegan, who lost the Special Election for Senate a few weeks ago.
Choose as you will. Vote for whomever you feel is right. Let the Republicans bow to Juggernaut. But whatever you do, don’t stay home. Stand up for what you believe in and vote.