Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Why I'm Endorsing Rudy

As I examine the candidates that are running for President, I find that there is not one candidate that has all the qualities that I would want. That leaves me to choose who out of the three Republicans is worthy of my support.

Thompson definitely is the most conservative. He is also the only candidate that has actually put forth in writings actual policies that he would implement and after reading those policies I found them to be sound and reasonable. However Thompson's laid back demeanor has not translated well in selling either his policies or himself.

Romney is a different kettle of fish. A very successful business man, as well as a politician. His company is strong enough to acquire Clear Channel Broadcasting for 93Billion. His reputation for fairness and honesty is impeccable, and I find the fact that he is a Mormon as a positive not a negative. Say anything you want about the Mormons they definitely instill a personal discipline in there followers and I feel that and faith is a plus. However watching the debates I find his demeanor to Clintonesque. There was one question that he answered that it reminded me of "what the meaning of Is is", and I can't except that.

That brings us to RUDY. Rudy definitely has some negatives. A man who's personal life is a mess which the press loves to have field day with. It's funny how they can be aghast at Rudy's affairs, but not bat an eye at the fact that Bill Clinton is a serial rapist. At least Giuliani married his mistress. Now lets look at the accomplishments.

In 1981, Giuliani was named Associate Attorney General in the Reagan administration, the third-highest position in the Department of Justice. As Associate Attorney General, Giuliani supervised the U.S. Attorney Offices' federal law enforcement agencies, the Department of Corrections, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the United States Marshals Service.

In a well-publicized 1982 case, Giuliani testified in defense of the federal government's "detention posture" regarding the internment of over 2,000 Haitian asylum-seekers who had entered the country illegally. The U.S. government disputed the assertion that most of the detainees had fled their country due to political persecution, alleging instead that they were "economic migrants." (gee where have we heard that recently) In defense of the government's position, Giuliani stated at one point that political repression under President Jean-Claude Duvalier (the infamous "Baby Doc") no longer existed. After meeting personally with Duvalier, Giuliani testified that "political repression, at least in general, does not exist" in Haiti under Duvalier's regime.

So he can, contrary to what the Press will tell you, take a strong stand against ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

In 1983, Giuliani was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. It was in this position that he first gained national prominence by prosecuting numerous high-profile cases, resulting in the convictions of Wall Street figures Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken for insider trading. He also focused on prosecuting drug dealers, organized crime, and corruption in government. He amassed a record of 4,152 convictions and 25 reversals. As a federal prosecutor, Giuliani was credited with bringing the "perp walk," parading of suspects in front of the previously alerted media, into common use as a prosecutorial tool. After Giuliani "patented the perp walk", the tool was used by increasing numbers of prosecutors nationwide.

In the Mafia Commission Trial (February 25, 1985–November 19, 1986), Giuliani indicted eleven organized crime figures, including the heads of New York's so-called "Five Families", under the RICO Act on charges including extortion, labor racketeering, and murder for hire. Time magazine called this "Case of Cases" possibly "the most significant assault on the infrastructure of organized crime since the high command of the Chicago Mafia was swept away in 1943", and quoted Giuliani's stated intention: "Our to wipe out the five families." Eight defendants were found guilty on all counts and subsequently sentenced on January 13, 1987 to hundreds of years of prison time.

The Mafia prosecutions make him perfect for dealing with this country's INTERNAL terrorist problem, and make no mistake we have a huge one.

Law enforcement
In his first term as mayor, Giuliani, in conjunction with New York City Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton, adopted an aggressive enforcement-deterrent strategy based on James Q. Wilson's Broken Windows approach. This involved crackdowns on relatively minor offenses such as graffiti, turnstile jumping, and aggressive "squeegeemen", on the theory that this would send a message that order would be maintained. Giuliani and Bratton also instituted CompStat, a comparative statistical approach to mapping crime geographically and in terms of emerging criminal patterns, as well as charting officer performance by quantifying criminal apprehensions. Critics of the system assert that it creates an environment in which police officials are encouraged to underreport or otherwise manipulate crime data. The CompStat initiative won the 1996 Innovations in Government Award from the Kennedy School of Government.

During Giuliani's administration, crime rates dropped in New York City, which Giuliani's presidential campaign website has credited to his leadership. The extent to which his policies deserve the credit is disputed, however. A small nationwide drop in crime preceded Giuliani's election, and critics say that he may have been the beneficiary of a trend already in progress. (bullshit) Additional contributing factors to the overall decline in crime during the 1990s were federal funding of an additional 7,000 police officers and an overall improvement in the national economy. (so in other words they are trying to give Bill Clinton credit for Rudy's success) Changing demographics was a key factor contributing to crime rate reductions, which were similar across the country during this time. Because the crime index is based on the FBI crime index, which is self-reported by police departments, some have alleged that crimes were shifted into categories that the FBI doesn't collect. (yeah tell that to the merchants of Times Square or the people who actually live in NY)

Giuliani's supporters cite studies concluding that New York's drop in crime rate in the '90s and '00s exceeds all national figures and therefore should be linked with a local dynamic that was not present as such anywhere else in the country: what University of California sociologist Frank Zimring calls "the most focused form of policing in history". In his book The Great American Crime Decline, Zimring states argues that "up to half of New York’s crime drop in the 1990s, and virtually 100 percent of its continuing crime decline since 2000, has resulted from policing."

It comes down to two things for me, one of them Romney said, he said "look at the enemies this country now faces and ask yourself, who do you want across the table negotiating with them? That's who you should vote for President" My immediate response was Rudy.

The second reason is I was raised by Cops. I am the first in 3 generations that's not a cop. I look at Rudy and I see a Cop. And unlike those on the left I like that.

Oh and here is an Extra tidbit:

The Giuliani administration advocated the privatization of failing public schools and increasing school choice through a voucher-based system.

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