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Under ordinary circumstances, Rudy Giuliani would be a non-starter as a presidential candidate for a social and economic conservative such as myself. But these are not ordinary times. We are at war and a frightening number of Americans — including a galling number of Republicans — have gone wobbly and seem to have lost their sense of direction concerning national-security issues. Securing our way of life at home and defeating Islamofascism wherever it threatens our interests are the overarching issues of the day. Rudy really seems to get this. McCain seems to get it, but he’s such a hard guy to trust on matters that aren’t embraced by his pals in the MSM. Who else among the candidates is really credentialed? Duncan Hunter, sure, but he’s the darkest of horses and lacks a compelling story. Ya gotta love Newt on virtually every level save one — he’d cancel out Hillary’s negatives. Rudy, on the other hand, is not only credentialed, but he is the only candidate who has “earned the right” to air the 9/11 video footage of which America so desperately needs to be reminded. Perfect he’s not, but name the Democrat presidential hopeful that you think will do a better job of defending our security at home and abroad.p>If lawyer Rudy can commit to appointing strict constructionist judges — law and order judges, if you will — then I’m on board. This is an election where we need someone who is right on the big issues more than we need someone who is right on all the issues. br> — John Shirvinsky br> Camp Hill, Pennsylvania /p>
Regarding R. Emmett Tyrrell’s remarks concerning Rudy Giuliani’s chance at being President, let me suggest that the last sentence of his story, “What they need to hear next is where the mayor who would be president stands on conservative social issues” is the crux of the matter in its entirety. In particular, the former Mayor’s position on firearms issues is not just unacceptable, it is the reason why I, and many other conservatives like me, would God forgive me, rather see Hillary in office than vote for someone who will sell our rights down the river. Four years, or even eight would be a long, hard time, but it is not an eternity.p>The hard truth is that the foundation of our government, of and by the people, depends on the Second Amendment. No matter his virtues regarding economic issues, Giuliani has consistently shown the Northeastern Republican elitist contempt for the rights of the law-abiding gun owners that makes him unelectable at the head of the Republican ticket. I, for more than one, will not hold my nose and vote for someone who would promote polices that will make be a criminal. Better to stand in principled opposition than sacrifice principle for piecemeal political expediency. br> — Joe Phillips br> Red River, New Mexico /p>
I wish I could be as eloquent as Mr. Tyrrell about Mr. Giuliani. While the praise might be true I still have three MAJOR concerns, abortion, gay marriage, and gun control. For example, when Mr. Giuliani states that there will be NO new gun laws or bans even proposed, and the second amendment is absolute, then I will give him a second look. I love my AR’s and 45ACP’s too much to have someone say, well, the Second only covers hunting.p>Second, I look forward to C. Kenna Amos letters. Some day I will ride my “hog” through the “other Princeton” and wave to him as I ride by. He has been missing of late.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?