Giuliani's Rhetoric

Posted: 9/24/2007 by Floyd in Labels:

Listen to Giuliani on the campaign trail and in the forefront you will hear him say how tough you have to be on terrorism to put things in perspective what did he say on 9/11? Asked on the day of the attacks whether they constituted an "act ofwar," he said, "I don't know that I want to use those words. . . . I'm totally confident that American democracy and the American rule of law
will prevail." This article will take you through his early years and how his rhetoric changed after starting to run for president, Hauer, the former emergency commissioner, said he does not know what to make of the rhetorical shift. In the 1990s, Giuliani "wanted to play the threat down," he said. "Rudy felt like talking about [terrorism] was alarmist. He never talked about it except in reaction to something.Now he's screaming that the sky is falling."

Giuliani portrays himself as the best candidate to fight terrorism and boasts not only is he a strong leader in a crisis but someone who was well aware of the terrorists threats long before 9/11, however his record seems not to bare this out. Other rhetoric in Rudy's white list is abortion, which you might say he was for it until he was against it, and it brought high criticism in New York earlier this month when a branch of St.Vincent Catholic Medical Centers named one of their new buildings after him, none other than the trauma center at St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan. Bishop DiMarzio was not aware of the naming of the trauma center until he read about it in the newspapers and a spokesman for DiMarzio had this to say;"While he recognized what Rudy Giuliani did for the trauma unit," Mr.DeRosa said, "he clearly disagrees with and is disappointed with Giuliani's pro-choice position."
But in 1999 Giuliani was quite clear on his position of abortion; "“I’m pro-choice. I’m pro-gay rights,” Giuliani said. He was then asked whether he supports a ban on what critics callpartial-birth abortions.“No, I have not supported that, and I don’t see my position on that
changing,” he responded. So by examining Rudy a little closer we can clearly see that his rhetoric does not match his actual stand on the issues, and let us take a closer look at his attitude on terrorism and see where that takes us; Jerome Hauer, New York's emergency management director from 1996 to 2000, said Mr Giuliani was closely involved in locating the city's crisis control room in the World Trade Center complex, even though it was a known terrorist target after the 1993 truck bomb attack which killed six people at the site.The location proved disastrous in 2001 as the building was set ablaze in the collapse of the adjoining twin towers. Rudy was instrumental in locating New York's crisis control room in the World Trade Center complex, fully knowing it was a "known" terrorist target. On the campaign trail Rudy keeps talking how tough he is on terrorism but a closer look at Rudy tells us this might just be rhetoric.

Washington Post
New York Times
Rudy in 1999 (abortion stance)

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  1. If Giuliani is the best the Republicans can put up as their leader, than they are in big trouble.

    If he got the nomination from the Republican party and won the Presidetial election, than we are in serious troubl again and maybe even more so!

  1. Gracie says:

    Giuliani has exploited and profited from the the events that day more than just about anybody. He's an opportunist with the ability to cause even more serious damage to this country if elected POTUS.

  1. Floyd says:

    Hello Larry, yep he is talking a lot of B.S. You never know what is going to happen until it does, but I agree it would be a scary thought. Not any of them is getting any kind of majority, they are not appealing to main-stream Republicans, the majority of them are sick of big government and a lot are sick of the war-mongering they know it cost us lives of our children and it cost us money that could be used by programs here at home, they might end up getting 23% of the vote because unless they change this percentile are all they are talking to.

  1. Floyd says:

    Hello Gracie glad you stopped and commented, you also bring up a good point he has profited from 9/11 and is still using it like a crutch today. Like I say him and the others are talking to a very small majority, they simply want to maintain the status quo and are going nowhere,,because,,America is sick of the status quo.

  1. Octavian says:

    Rudy really only has one thing to run on. And that's the fact that he was there on 9/11. So I guess he has no choice but to go on and on about it. What else does he have to talk about?

  1. Floyd says:

    octavian talk about hitting the nail on the head, thanks for dropping by and commenting always nice to hear from you. Rudy has become a vassal of terrorism, he has built his whole campaign around it and left himself open to criticism from his opponents on his stance on abortion and other issues. Other than the one mentioned I don't think right off hand of any other platform for any of them to use, except to tell us more of the same, what it boils down to is that if we are happy with the way things are going then vote for the Republican and if we want change vote for the Democrat, what really bugs me is they don't talk about the rising costs of college tuition, the health-care crisis, the work that needs to be done on "our" infrastructure (bridges) and things that are pressing us at home. When listening I almost feel they are disengaged with America? a resent vote in the Senate to give a 9 month deadline for troop withdrawal was shot down (47-47) that tells us right there if we elect from the GOP we will just keep burning dollars in this money pit known as Iraq, it actually boggles the mind that they would run with this failed agenda right over a cliff.