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August 12, 2007

Rudy Can Fail


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There’s been a lot of talk on the blogs this week about former New York mayor and would-be Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani. Apparently deciding that he hasn’t milked 9/11 quite enough, he basically claimed that he is just like the 9/11 rescue workers, because he visited Ground Zero so often. Just like them, y’know, except for actually doing any rescue work. In his defense, Giuliani has since recanted the statement. Of course, he only recanted because it looked like the statement was going to come back and bite him in the ass, so fuck him.

While taking credit for someone else’s hard work and heroism is pretty sleazy, it misses the fact that Giuliani is a thoroughly awful person, a liar and a bully who never hesitated to fuck over his whole city when it suited his purposes. This man shouldn’t be let anywhere near another position of power. So let’s remind everybody what the fuss should be about.

We’ll start with Rudy!, a recent article Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Chronicle, billed as “What New Yorkers know about Rudy Giuliani that Coloradans should”. And why shouldn’t we turn to New Yorkers for the info? They lived under him for years (during which time, I should mention, you could find “Fuck Giuliani” t-shirts for sale on every street corner). This one focuses on Giuliani as a fowl fascist fuck-up. Power-hungry, petty, corrupt, vain, and mean. Giuliani’s notable successes are frequently spin, taking credit for things that he actually screwed up, or have negative consequences that got swept under the rug. Also reminds us that after 9/11, Giuliani made several attempts to circumvent the state constitution in order to extend his tenure as mayor.

Since Giuliani’s national claim to fame is his “heroic” “leadership” after the attacks on the World Trade Center, we should make sure to remember Rudy Giuliani’s Five Big Lies About 9/11. He currently makes millions of dollars a years in speaking engagements, comprised mostly of boasts about his magical terror-fighting powers. But as the article shows, Giuliani is full of shit on this score. He was not a big fighter of terrorism in his days as a prosecutor. His policies as mayor actually helped make NYC less safe from terrorist attacks. A few weeks of brave speeches and photo ops at the right time helped turn Giuliani into a mythical hero, and rarely does anyone take the time to tear him back down to bite-sized pieces.

And finally, let’s remember Matt Taibbi’s slam, Giuliani: Worse Than Bush. Mostly about the way that Giuliani shamelessly plays on 9/11 for his own political and financial gain, and the ways he tries to fuck his opponents. Hopefully we can get Giuliani branded with this accurate summary:

Yes, Rudy is smarter than Bush. But his political strength — and he knows it — comes from America’s unrelenting passion for never bothering to take that extra step to figure shit out. If you think you know it all already, Rudy agrees with you. And if anyone tries to tell you differently, they’re probably traitors, and Rudy, well, he’ll keep an eye on ‘em for you. Just like Bush, Rudy appeals to the couch-bound bully in all of us, and part of the allure of his campaign is the promise to put the Pentagon and the power of the White House at that bully’s disposal.

Or, in Giuliani’s own appalling words:

“Freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.”

The next elections are a long, long way off, so we don’t have to worry about it yet. But now, and in the future, ruthless Rudy-bashing will be fun, justified, and governmentally nutritious.

Posted by Jake on August 12, 2007 9:29 pm

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