The more you read between the lines, the more Rudy Giuliani sounds like a big government conservative and the closest thing in this race to W …
Glossing over the less appealing line items on his gun control resume, ex-NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani presented himself as sympathetic to the aims of the National Rifle Association and pledged, as president, to protect gun rights.
“Your right to bear arms is based on a reasonable degree of safety,” he said.
So much for the second amendment, that bit about “The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Rather, America’s Mayor seems to be saying, “You can play with these as long as you behave. But I’ll be watching.” Ouch. Don’t forget, he’s TRYING to win over the NRA. He’s expressing (trying, actually) his belief in personal freedom! He’s not wrong, but it is telling that he can’t or won’t just express a simple belief in personal freedom. He’s saying “I’ll ALLOW you to do this” instead of “What right do I have to stop you?”.
In case we might dismiss this rhetoric as simply a poor choice on words, he start’s going off-topic and ensures us that, yes, you MUST “respect his authoritah!”
Giuliani said that MoveOn.org’s ad criticizing Gen. Petreaus was out of bounds and hinted that the group should face some sort of sanction.
“They passed a line that we should not allow an American political organizations to pass,” he said. “We are at war right now, whether some people want to recognize it or not.”
As disgusted as I was (and I’m rather agnostic on the war at the moment, leaning towards withdrawal) by MoveOn.org’s ludicrous and tasteless portrayal of “General Betray-us”, I’m not willing to just throw out the First Amendment to get back at them. Unfortunately, many of today’s Republican’s are, and judging by his words and actions, perhaps none moreso than Giuliani…