Monthly Archives: March 2007

More on Rudy Giuliani

I remember economist/Objectivist Richard Salsmanduringthe 1996Presidential primaries suggesting during a Q and A that it is so important to weaken the religionists’impact on the Republican Party, to return the GOP to its more secular identityof the pre-Reagan past, that itisessential to vote for any secular, nontheocratic Republican in the primaries, even if he is a big-government liberal. At the time, he recommended voting for Arlen Specter.

This is another reason why, if we are to have any hope for the Republican Party, which is still theless Marxist/statist/collectivist of the two parties, Rudy Giuliani isthe best choiceofGOP candidates running now, and even any expected to consider running within the year (e.g., Newt Gingrich). Giuliani is not very religious and strongly supports the separation of church and state.

Yes, as New York Mayor,in the negative column, he welcomed terrorist Gerry Adams, and yes, at times he got government too involved in areas that are not part ofits proper function, and yes, he persecuted andprosecuted Michael Milken many years ago.However,in the positive column, he alsohas been very strong in defending illegal immigrants fromdeportation,protectingwomen’s right to have an abortion,he justly and boldly threw terrorist Yasser Arafat out of a concert to which he hadn’t been invited, and according to Wikipedia:

“When Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal suggested that the [9/11] attacks were an indication that the United States ‘should re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stand toward the Palestinian cause’, Giuliani asserted,

There is no moral equivalent for this [terrorist] act. There is no justification for it… And one of the reasons I think this happened is because people were engaged in moral equivalency in not understanding the difference between liberal democracies like the United States, like Israel, and terrorist states and those who condone terrorism. So I think not only are those statements wrong, they’re part of the problem.

Giuliani subsequently rejected the prince’s $10 million donation to disaster relief in the aftermath of the attack.”

See:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudy_Giuliani#_note-62

http://archives.cnn.com/2001/US/10/11/rec.giuliani.prince/

How many other politicians do you imagine would reject a Saudi’s ten million dollars and give a Palestinianleader like Yasser Arafat the boot? Theseare very strong indications that Giuliani understands the principle of justice and will act in a non-appeasing manner as President. His positive treatment of Gerry Adams conflicts with these other actions and does trouble me, however.

Steve Forbes, who is usuallypro-capitalism in his economics and who is, like Giuliani, very conversant with history, has signed on as a consultant to Giuliani. I think this is a good sign, as Giuliani has not in the past supported Forbes’ Flat Tax idea, but is now embracing it, according to the New York Times. The “FairTax” or National Sales Tax replacing the income tax is probably a better idea, but Forbes’ Flat Tax is the next best thing and a step in the right direction. Overall Forbes is an excellent choice for economics advisor.

By the way, did you know that there is an openly atheist Congressman? It’s Pete Stark, Democrat of California.

See: http://www.secular.org/news/pete_stark_070312.html

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I’m Still Here

I haven’t been blogging for awhile but I will be doing so again.

I am taking a TV writing classtaught by aprofessional TV writer, and I will end up with a pilot script by the end of it. It’s loosely based on my first screenplay which I had put aside as needing more thought and improvement. I suddenlyrealized thata TV series format could be perfect for the content of the first half of my feature. Stay tuned for more on that. So far I’m thrilled with the response to my work in the class. Of course it’s “impossible” to sell a pilot but one has to try.

Some of the many topics I have thoughtof blogging about are the Presidential candidates for USA Election 2008 (So far I don’t see any better candidates running or likely to run than Rudy Giuliani, despite hisshortcomings–he understands and knows the facts of history, and I believe hewouldimplement a foreign policy of self-defense; he firmly stood up against Arafat anda Saudi royal in his mayoral career–and I think it’s important that he gets early and consistent support so he has a chance to win), the Broadway show Mary Poppins (I would give it a mixed review; the storyline makes less sense compared to the movie, Mary leaves thehousehold in the middle–that’s not what I came to see–yet Mr. Banks blames her anyway for causing all the trouble, some of the songs have lost their oomph and rhythmicpacing,the orchestra is too small, the wife has become a victim instead of a confident suffragette,and there’san overallpsychotherapy-session feeling,but it has lovely and thrilling moments nonetheless and is very entertaining), and the movie Breach (I liked it–how strange that a man can compartmentalize his knowledge to such an extent, evading the results of his misdeeds, disconnecting his religious beliefs from his actions, etc. Great acting by Chris Cooper, and adequate acting by Ryan Phillippe. The book on Robert Hanssen surveyed his entire career but the film justportrays its last days, an effective choice).

Well, I guess I don’t have to blog on those topics any more. But feel free to reply with comments and I’ll clarify anything too sketchy above.

Meanwhile, I have to get my taxmaterials to my accountant before he gets overburdened by last-minute submissions, and I am trying to get a lot of computer-related technical stuff done (I always procrastinate on that, I’m just not a computer-oriented person although I am glad they were invented).

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