January 8, 2008 | Filed Under Elections
Resisting And Redefining Freedom
Rudy Giuliani can’t keep his mouth shut on the idea of “Freedom”. It’s not because he is a freedom fighter, but because of all the candidates, America stands the most to lose with Rudy Giuliani in charge.
What is freedom, is it relative? Should it be?
The New York Times published an article about Rudy Giuliani’s idea of freedom. He discusses the need for authority and the doom and gloom that comes with anarchy (as if that’s what liberty fighting Americans are seeking). No one wants lawlessness, all we’re asking for his government to mind its own business. Stay out of our lives, the concept isn’t based on rocket science, Rudy.
“What we don’t see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be,” he said at the forum, sponsored by The New York Post. “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.”
“Freedom is about authority, … to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what they do.”
I’ve heard a lot of garbage out of political candidates over the years, but I’ve never heard of anyone so eager to deny Americans their rights in order to grant them the “illusion of freedom” he believes they need.
Mr. Giuliani said governmental authorities in American society had fallen into disrepute in the last 30 years. He said anarchy would result if everyone were allowed to behave exactly as he wanted and cited Oliver Wendell Holmes’s adage that freedom of expression does not include shouting ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater.
I don’t think Americans have trouble understanding the concept of freedom and/or liberty. Quite the contrary, we know it well. What Americans fear is this new age of tyranny and governmental intrusion. Spying on American citizens is unacceptable, search and seizure without warrants is unacceptable, using terrorists to frighten citizens into submission is unacceptable. These ideals of freedom are obviously being infringed upon and it only stands to get worse if we go in the direction of a man like Rudy Giuliani.
It’s my opinion that the Republican party is overrun with authoritarians and this neo-conservative influence and wing of the party needs to die a quick death. It’s no wonder that Rudy Giuliani decided to avoid Iowa and particularly New Hampshire, the “Live Free or Die” State.
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