Politics: Christie: You can handle the truth

Published by: Herman Cain on Wednesday August 29th, 2012

Herman Cain

By HERMAN CAIN - Christie treats Americans like adults who don't need to be told a happyland fairytale about the state of the nation.

I spend a lot of time talking about how politicains think we are stupid. But you know who doesn’t think we are stupid? Chris Christie. The governor of New Jersey put it exactly right on Tuesday in his delivery of the keynote address at the Republican National Convention. “Our duty is to tell the American people the truth. Our problems are big and the solutions will not be painless.”

What? A politician who doesn’t sugar-coat the facts? A politician who tells the public that everyone can’t have everything they want forever?

That’s exactly the truth, and here’s what makes Christie the ideal person to deliver that message. He doesn’t just say it. He’s done it. In New Jersey – a blue state with 700,000 more Democrats than Republicans – conventional wisdom always said you can’t cut spending, you can’t cut taxes, you can’t stand up to public employee unions. Christie did all of that, without fear and without worrying about the polls. And it’s worked.

Christie has proven what too many Washington politicians of both parties have refused to believe – that you can level with the people, implement difficult but necessary solutions, and truly fix problems. And you can survive politically when you do this, but you have to start by remembering you’re there to do a job, not to simply protect your own career.

Fixing our entitlement mess, replacing our tax code, achieving a rational energy policy – these will all be things that require real leadership, from leaders who respect the people enough to tell them the truth. The fact that we heard the truth, and saw that kind of respect, on the opening night of the Republican convention is a great sign for what we can expect from the campaign ahead. There actually are politicians who know we are not stupid! I’m Herman Cain.

If Democrats continue to treat the electorate like a bunch of infants, it should be fun on election night.