And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass by them;the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste, and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.” – Amos 7:8-9
The internet is abuzz this morning with tales of abuse of power from the executive branch. No, it’s not president Obama. This time it’s the executive branch of the state of New Jersey.
It appears that a political aide to governor Chris Christie intentionally caused traffic jams around Fort Lee NJ as political retribution against the city’s mayor who refused to endorse Christie for governor. The linked article gives a great summary of the situation. Apparently a Christie aide exerted some influence over the Port Authority and had some lanes closed round Fort Lee for no reason … other than political payback.
Can you imagine the outrage from the Right if president Obama abused power in such a way? (He does, of course – and the Right responds loudly.) This is the behavior of tyrants.
Now, there is still the chance that Christie will dodge the bullet, distancing himself from the situation and pinning the blame on political appointees (who will get some manner of payoff later in the game).
The way to fix this, of course, is to hold people accountable. When politicians abuse their power in any way, shape, or form we should boot them from office. No, I wasn’t stuck in a four-hour traffic jam in Fort Lee, but I’m no different than the people who were. This is the way political tyrants see us. We are the sheeple, we are pawns in the game, hardships placed on us don’t matter, don’t count, don’t even register.
The country is watching, NJ. Will you take action?