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Saturday, October 6, 2007
posted by Aaron Gulbransen | 12:35 AM | permalink

“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.” –Batman Begins

Naïve is the word that springs to mind when I think about what my attitude formerly was towards Mayor Giuliani.

Having grown up as a New Yorker and hearing the stories about how one couldn’t walk in the vicinity of Bryant Park after dark before he was mayor was enough for me to put him in a place of reverence. After all, when I moved into Manhattan, I spent a great deal of time in Bryant Park reading and studying. Also, being born in Brooklyn myself, I had an extra respect for Mayor Giuliani, as he was a Brooklyn boy who raised himself from playing stickball in the streets into a successful lawyer and then mayor.

Now, I am a rarity in New York. I am an Evangelical Christian and a Republican. Moreover, I am extremely conservative morally, socially, fiscally, and in my attitude towards foreign policy. That being said, I still felt a kinship with Mayor Giuliani for the aforementioned reasons and not in small part because of 9/11.

My Brooklyn born and raised parents moved us out to Long Island when I was six. I, like many Long Islanders, admired the Mayor without taking a critical eye to him. After all, when one is on the outside looking in, it is easy to miss the negatives.

When this election cycle started, Mayor Giuliani threw his name into the hat, and it seemed natural for me to support him, so I did. I even went as far as to write in Facebook groups criticizing those that did not support him. For I, without having yet done my research, had arbitrarily decided that Mayor Giuliani was the only one who can beat Hillary Clinton. (He isn't and I honestly doubt how great that ability is.) I had decided that he was the only one that can win some of the blue states away from Hillary, like New York. (He can’t.) I used emotional logic; I think, therefore it is so.

You see, I was under the misunderstanding that even though he was a social liberal, he was also fiscally conservative. I also believed him when he said that he would appoint judges in the mold of Scalia, Roberts, and Alito. It turns out that my assumptions were proven faulty upon an examination of his record.

Firstly, what I learned was that Mayor Giuliani is anything but Presidential material. I will refer back to my earlier writing, entitled “Dignity” , to make the case as to why the man is not dignified enough to be President of the United States. Call me judgmental, but I think that dignity should be a minimum requirement for the Presidency of the United States.

Secondly, an examination of Giuliani’s record as mayor shows that he did not behave like a fiscal conservative. Justin Hart details a relevant chunk of it quite nicely in this article.

Thirdly, Mayor Giuliani’s record when it came to appointing judges reveals that when given the chance, he did not appoint judges in the mold of Scalia, Roberts, or Alito. In fact, he appointed more Democratic judges than Republican judges by a ratio of 8 to 1. Ben Smith of the Politico, who clearly does not condemn Giuliani’s record, nonetheless details his record here.

Confronted with all of these facts, one can only come to the conclusion that I came to. Rudy Giuliani does not deserve my support. While he was a good mayor because he was good on crime, the fact remains that he openly tries to deceive us with claims that he is a fiscal conservative in the mold of Reagan and with his claims that he is trustworthy on the issue of the courts. There is a possibility that he is, but I tend to trust what a man does more than what he says. That is a reason I respect Governor Romney immensely. Say what you will about improper or just plain wrong past rhetoric, his deeds have always been above reproach.

All in all, in spite of his failings, Rudy Giuliani was good for New York City. He just isn't good for the United States of America and is certainly not a better alternative than Governor Romney.

“It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.” -Shakespeare
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