Move over Stalin, let Rudy come over:
We look upon authority too often and focus over and over again, for 30 or 40 or 50 years, as if there is something wrong with authority. We see only the oppressive side of authority. Maybe it comes out of our history and our background. 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. 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.
wow! Freedom is about Authority? Really? I have really got to buy a new dictionary!
Actually, I shouldn’t be so harsh. The truth is, his last line “Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do,” IS true. There is a reason we have a rule of law. It ensures that those that would murder, for instance, aren’t allowed to get away with it in the name of freedom.
But, Rudy doesn’t just mean it that way. He means submit! And his tenure as Mayor of New York City makes that point clear. As mayor, he went on an authoritarian rampage. He clamped down on every vice known to man, and even went so far as to outlaw critisizing himself!
Which reminds me of a Joseph Stalin quote:
“I trust no-one, not even myself.”
Rudy, like W. Bush before him, has a personal air about him that makes him seem like a nice relaxed cool guy (for a politician). And as a friend, that may in fact be what he is. But, come on, I have a lot of friends who I love that I wouldn’t want running the country. Don’t you?
We as a country have got to get away from this obsession with “personality.” We LOVE and CRAVE celebrity. We’re absolutely obsessed. We assume that a likable personality has a major carryover to competence in office. It doesn’t. Not at all. Not even a little.
I don’t care if the person who runs America is an ass hole in person. I don’t care if they don’t have any friends. I don’t care if they cheat on their wives (or husbands). I don’t care if they smoked weed (or worse) in college. I don’t care if they are completely anti-social, arrogant, rude, over the top, eccentric, nerdy, or mean.
We’ve had our “party guy, frat-boy” president, and he’s still got a year left. He’s in office almost solely because we chose personality over merit. We, the voters, the press, the media, all chose the guy because he seemed nice. We thought Al Gore, in 2000, was an arrogant, impersonal, and an “intellectual” (as thought that’s a bad thing). And he WAS all of those things. But, how often are any of us gonna be watching football with the guy on Sunday? We aren’t. So who cares.
I’m not Saying Al would have been perfect. But, he’d have been FAR better than this. He would never have allowed Guantanamo, nor would he have gone into Iraq. He would have had his own agenda, for sure, some of it hair-brained. But, where we have gone is so astronomically bad, it requires of us to take a hard look at our voting powers and where we decide to lend them.
Guys like Rudy, and others who are Celebrity candidates, must be taken on their records, on their merits. If he really believes what he said, and what he DID in NY, then we cannot have him running our country. Or there will be MORE Guantanamo’s.
He’ll be another W.