Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Giuliani: Good Riddance
He's very statist, and very corrupt. My South American friends described him as a fascist, which frankly seems a fairly accurate characterization. Yes, the term is bandied about so much that it’s almost lost most meaning, but he’s an authoritarian: great respect for power, none at all for law.
If Huckabee falls next, as I suspect, the two worst Republican threats to liberty are gone. (I take comfort where I can.) Edwards ran a poor third in Florida, incidentally. After his "also ran" showing in his home state, isn’t it time that this 'worst Democrat' surrendered too?
Name two Republican candidates who aren't a threat to liberty. (Hint: you can't.) I'm simply happy to see a particularly bad one go.
McCain is awful. Giuliani is much worse, though. I don't support continued occuaption of Iraq (and opposed the invasion before it took place). But consider that McCain doesn't seem to be a neoconservative, while Giuliani has explicitly taken on neocons as his foreign policy advisors. If we're stuck with this occupation, we'd be better off with a hardnosed military man than ideological philosophers.
When I mentioned my Latin American friends, I'm referring in particular to Argentines I knew in grad school. They remarkerd that Giuliani reminded them of Peronists.
I'm happy to see him leave; I hope Huckabee leaves soon, and that Paul does well enough to stay in and start getting his message to a wider audience.
I don´t know if Giuliani is really fascist, but he gets really something like that.