Governor Christie and Alexis de Tocqueville

Here is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie performing “The Evolution of Dad Dancing” with Jimmy Fallon.

And here is Democracy in America author Alexis de Tocqueville explaining one of the reasons democracies don’t get the best quality men in public office:

While the natural instincts of democracy induce the people to reject distinguished citizens as their rulers, an instinct not less strong induces able men to retire from the political arena, in which it is so difficult to retain their independence, or to advance without becoming servile. This opinion has been candidly expressed by Chancellor Kent, who says, in speaking with high praise of that part of the Constitution which empowers the executive to nominate the judges: “It is indeed probable that the men who are best fitted to discharge the duties of this high office would have too much reserve in their manners, and too much austerity in their principles, for them to be returned by the majority at an election where universal suffrage is adopted.”

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One thought on “Governor Christie and Alexis de Tocqueville

  1. pchristle says:

    Are you saying Chris Christie lacks gravitas?

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