The important question is which person should be trusted to fulfill commitments.
The answer is NOT Mr. Giuliani. Check with Mr. Giuliani's first two wives as to how he did with respect to his sacred marital vows. If this fellow can't be trusted to be faithful to his marital vows, why should he be trusted to fulfill his Twelve Commitments?
Beware: You may need to be committed for your own protection if you are fooled by pro-choice Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani's "Twelve Commitments."
Former Bronx Borough President Feranando Ferrer (the Bronx being one of New York City's five boroughs) analyzed Mr. Giuliani as follows:
"Rudy is all about opportunity and utility. I do not think he is a racist at all. In a way, he is something worse. A racist can't help himself. It's the way he is. But the opportunist can help himself, and chooses not to. The opportunist engages in discrimination or stereotyping out of a calculation that it is profitable in some way. There is some cynicism involved.
"It's all about power with Rudy. He only believes himself, not in any large ideas. His core value is loyalty to him. That's why he is always surrounded by the loyal group. Rudy will say anything, or do anything, to win, to get his way. There is no underlying belief system.
"Everyone's personality is an onion with many layers. I believe that opportunism is the core of Rudy's onion, after you peel away all the other layers."
Yes, give Mr. Giuliani his due: he announced noble goals (albeit without details) and twelve instead of ten. (The Ten Commitments would have been too similar to the Ten Commandments and reminded voters that Rudy has not done well with them. Still, the Twelve Commitments calls to mind the Twelve Apostles and when it comes to abortion, Mr. Giuliani stands out as the Judas among the twelve announced and unannounced Republican presidential hopefuls. Making him the 2008 Republican presidential candidate and head of the pro-life national political party would be absurd.)
The important question is which person should be trusted to fulfill commitments.
The answer is NOT Mr. Giuliani.
Check with Mr. Giuliani's first two wives as to how he did with respect to his sacred marital vows.
If this fellow can't be trusted to be faithful to his marital vows, why should he be trusted to fulfill his Twelve Commitments?
Is he a great judge of the character of others?
He recommended Bernard Kerik to head the Department of Homeland Security!
What a fiasco that would have been.
Moreover, I doubt that Mr. Giuliani WOULD appoint "strict constructionist" judges. His idea of a "strict constructionist" judge seems to be now federal appellate judge Debra Livingston. The proper role of a judge is to interpret the law and the Constitution — not to make up the law and deprive the people of the right to govern themselves. That's not something that Planned Parenthood's favorite Republican can be trusted to do.
Mr. Giuliani sent the following message to NewsMax readers:
"Dear NewsMax Reader:
"I'm running for President of the United States based on what I can offer the American people. When I was the Mayor of New York, the city was in a crime crisis, a budget crisis and a financial crisis. When I left office, we had turned the city around dramatically with real results.
"Many of the things I did as Mayor of New York City are transferable to what America needs now. That's why today I announced my 12 commitments to you, the American people. These commitments are intended to lift our vision from the rear view mirror to the road ahead of us - the future.
"My 12 commitments to the American people are:
I will keep America on offense in the Terrorists' War on Us.
I will end illegal immigration, secure our borders, and identify every non-citizen in our nation.
I will restore fiscal discipline and cut wasteful Washington spending.
I will cut taxes and reform the tax code.
I will impose accountability on Washington.
I will lead America towards energy independence.
I will give Americans more control over, and access to, healthcare with affordable and portable free-market solutions.
I will increase adoptions, decrease abortions, and protect the quality of life for our children.
I will reform the legal system and appoint strict constructionist judges.
I will ensure that every community in America is prepared for terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
I will provide access to a quality education to every child in America by giving real school choice to parents.
I will expand America's involvement in the global economy and strengthen our reputation around the world.
"My focus - as it was when I ran for Mayor - is on the future. Because real leadership is focused on handing our nation to the next generation far better than it was handed to us. Today, I'm asking you and all of my fellow Americans to join me in this mission. Will you go to my website, JoinRudy2008.com, to sign my petition and show your support? I also ask that you forward this to 12 of your friends and get them to sign it as well.
"Nothing energizes a government and a people better than challenging it to reform, change and improve. We can do what others thought was impossible and couldn't be accomplished. I did it as Mayor of New York City, and I can do it again in Washington.
"It's a hard job and I can't do it alone. Will you join me? Please visit JoinRudy2008.com and sign my petition to show your support. Please ask 12 of your friends to sign on as well. Together, we can make this happen.
"If I am elected President, I want to be held accountable for the progress we make as a nation. That is the kind of leadership I am offering. And that is why I am running for President.
Sly try, Mr. Giuliani.
Ronald Reagan said, "Trust, but verify," NOT "Look to the future and ignore the past."
In order to attain the kind of future we want, we must check "the rear view mirror." We need to learn from past mistakes in order to avoid repeating them. We need to place our trust in a person whom we can trust, based on demonstrated character.
Mr. Giuliani WAS a big improvement over his predecessor, Mayor David Dinkins, but that was not hard. To be sure, he did not coddle terrorists and criminals. But, he suffers from the same fundamental flaw of many prominent Democrats who were baptized and raised as Roman Catholics (examples: Senators Kerry, Kennedy and Durbin, House Minority Leader Pelosi): he has embraced abortion and homosexual acts as civil rights instead of wrongs. This is not only anathema to the Republican base in terms of policy, it betrays a deep misunderstanding of our Constitution that is shared by liberal judicial activists.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.