Then I commend to your attention this post on Dan Drezner's blog. Not Drezner's post itself, which merely relays the common observation that a Giuliani presidency would be a disaster. But the comments. Like this:
The repuration [sic] Giuliani has here in Atlanta is:And this, from someone who signs himself "Houstoner":
1. He got the crime out of New York;
2. He was tough after 9/11;
3. He's had an awful lot of wives, mistresses and stuff; but
3. We can forgive him all those wives and that social liberal stuff because of 1 and 2.
Could you elaborate on why all the experts think that gives us an unmitigated disaster as prez?
Keep in mind that what is a "civil-rights violation" to Al Sharpton is a "crackdown which Sharpton calls a civil-rights violation" to most of the rest of the country. Boo hoo, the enablers of thugs and hoodlums are whining! That is a feature, not a bug. ...This is what the modern Conservative movement has brought to America: Fascism, at least in the mold of Mussolini and Franco, is now respectable enough to walk around in public without embarassment.
Lastly, I'm not interested in democracy. What is so magical about democracy? Democracy just means the thugs can vote to steal from me rather than try it themselves. If Iraq has taught me anything it is that, when the proportion of those who sympathise with thugs reached a critical point, democracy doesn't work. I'm put that point at about 30% and I will state categorically that certain cities have long ago passed that point. New York was one such city under Dinkins; and then there is Baghdad and (I'd argue) Houston.