No to CINOP Rudy Giuliani
Monday, Jan. 14, 2008
Rudy is a great guy for the cabinet post of Homeland Security in a pro-life Presidency. He must understand the following which Author Tom Piatak wrote in the The American Conservative of January 14, 2008. It’s a No Vote in all primaries.
A pro-abortion nominee would shatter Reagan’s coalition. There is no doubt what the support of social conservative has brought the GOP: electoral victory after electoral victory, including the reelection victory of George W. Bush in 2004. Without the support of social conservatives in Ohio for Bush, we would now be approaching the end of CINOP John Kerry’s first term. In fact, in the 28 years since the elder Bush became pro-life to become Reagan’s running mate, the GOP has controlled at least the White House, the House, or the Senate- and often several of these – in 26 of those years.
If Giuliani becomes the party’s standard-bearer and is then elected, the informal prohibition against pro-choice candidates within the party will inevitably decline. (Besides we have two other candidates Thompson and Romney who can win.) The bar for future candidates will be set not by the Gipper, but by the former mayor of New York who proudly told CNN in 1999. “I am pro-choice, I’m pro-gay rights.”
As mayor, he marched in gay-pride parades and proclaimed “Out in Government Day.” In 1997, he signed a bill providing to city employees “domestic partnerships” the same benefits enjoyed by married employees. Giuliani described the legislation as a “significant step forward in the human rights continuum.”
With respect to abortion, Giuliani opposed all efforts to provide legal protection to the unborn. He spoke in opposition to requiring minors to obtain parental consent for abortions and favored taxpayer funding. When asked on “Meet the Press” in 2000 if he supported Clinton’s veto of a partial-birth ban, he responded, “I would vote to preserve the option for women,” positioning himself to the left of many Democrats.
Giuliani told Phil Donahue in 1989, “If the ultimate choice of a woman – my daughter or any other woman – would be in this particular circumstance to have an abortion, I’d support that. I’d give my daughter the money for it.” He went so far as to proclaim Jan. 22, 1998 – the 25th anniversary of Roe v. Wade --- “Roe v. Wade Anniversary Day.”
There is no reason to expect anything substantially different from a President Giuliani. (Even with his principal concession to social conservative his pledge to appoint strict constructionist judges to the Supreme Court sounds hollow. While his supporters trumped the fact that the abortion rate declined when he was mayor the facts are that Giuliani did nothing to even discourage abortion, the abortion rate underwent a steeper decline in the rest of the State.
There is no doubt that a Giuliani candidacy would alienate many social conservative voters, pushing some to their ancestral Democratic home, some to a possible pro-life third party, and some to stay home on election day. (And for the “cinop be gone” blog it would muddy the waters in obtaining 55 to 60% of the Catholic vote for a Pro-Life President and the defeat of many CINOP politicians.)
George H. Kubeck, P.O. Box 579, Stanton, California, U.S.A. 90680