When Christie thinks about the greatness of Ronald Reagan, the first thing that comes to his mind is…
I began watching Gov. Christie’s speech at the Reagan Library. In the second sentence of the speech, Christie mentioned immigrants. Here’s what he said:
Ronald Reagan believed in this country. He embodied the strength, the persevence, and the faith that has propelled immigrants for centuries to embark on dangerous journeys to come here, to give up all that was familiar, for all that was possible.So Reagan is now—first and foremost, before all other things that one could say about him—a symbol of immigrants? Without my knowing anything more about Christie’s views and positions, that he would say such a ridiculous thing reveals him to be a typical liberal or neocon, who does not believe in America as a nation and a people, but in America as “a nation of immigrants,” and who therefore looks forward to the complete elimination of the actual and historic American nation by immigrants.
You may think I’m reading too much into one sentence, especially as Christie does not mention immigration in the rest of the speech (here’s the full text). But people reveal their true beliefs by gestures such as the above, even if they don’t spell them out explicitly. And given that immigration worship is already the default position of the American mainstream, it is not unreasonable to conclude the same about Christie.