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The need for unity in politics

January 30, 2014

 

Recently, it was discovered that staff members from the office of New Jersey governor Chris Christie were involved in a retaliation scheme that resulted in the closing of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J., for four days.

 

It is suspected the lanes were blocked as retaliation for Fort Lee’s mayor, Mark Sokolich, refusing to endorse Christie for his last election.

 

While there is no evidence that Christie was directly involved with the extortion scheme, his staff is a reflection on him.

 

The extortion scheme is a reflection on a philosophy that is all too prevalent in American politics today: If people don’t agree with you, force them to.

 

Blackmail and extortion policies are bastardizing the American political system.

 

The use of negative policies can never result in a positive outcome. It will create an atmosphere of distrust between politicians.

 

The practices will hurt the reputation of the politicians in the long run.

 

All parties must work together in order to advance any political system, whether it be local or national.

 

Christie was recently re-inaugurated in a ceremony which was placed firmly in the shadow of his scandal.

 

While Christie was recently seen as a front-runner for the 2016 Republican nomination, some of Christie’s most ardent supporters have begun to question his ability to govern.

 

Thomas Kean, the former governor of New Jersey, has criticized the governor in an interview with the Washington Post.

 

“On the one hand, I think he’s got a lot to offer. I think he’s the most able politician since Bill Clinton,” Kean said. “On the other hand, you look at these other qualities and ask, do you really want that in your president?”

 

If a politician cannot gain party unity without threats and extortion, then they are not what America needs.

 

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