In regard to Tracy Mehan’s article “A Knife to the Throat”, I am compelled to respond to his main contention that Rudy Giuliani could be the “death knell of the Reagan Coalition.”
Mehan asserts that Rudy Giuliani would disrupt “that successful alliance of economic, defense, and social conservatives forged in the 1976 Republican primary.” Not only has the opposite proved true, but this very alliance has already begun to unite behind the Mayor, making him the front-running conservative in the Republican presidential primary.
Mayor Giuliani is a results-oriented leader who believes that “the private economy, not government, creates opportunity.” By cutting taxes 23 times, Mayor Giuliani spurred economic growth in NYC and saved taxpayers over $9 billion. Additionally, he cut spending, reducing the number of full-time non-security, non-education city workers by nearly 20%. The result: Mayor Giuliani turned a $2.3 billion budget deficit into a multi-billion dollar surplus.
As mayor of New York City on 9/11, Giuliani understands the threat of terrorism firsthand, and he remains committed to fighting the primary threat against our nation — the rise of Islamo-fascism. With a well-documented commitment to the security of America and her interests, the Mayor understands that we are engaged in a long-term War on Terror which will determine our very existence and, more specifically, determine whether we will enjoy the luxury of debating economic and social issues at all.
As a pro-life Member of Congress who receives a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union, I believe that social conservatives across the nation are discovering common ground with Giuliani — discovering that his record is much closer to their own belief than what his political opponents represent. The facts speak for themselves — because of the policies he supported, abortions decreased over 16% in New York City while adoptions increased by 66% while he was mayor.
Giuliani shares with social conservatives the strong conviction that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman. He maintains the conservative belief that behavior, not our economic system, is responsible for intergenerational poverty, and that to reduce poverty our nation must change its attitude toward marriage and raising children responsibly. “If you wanted a social program that would really save these kids,” Giuliani commented, “…the social program would be called fatherhood.”
In addition to the growing strength of Giuliani’s “Reagan Coalition,” Mehan overlooks Giuliani’s ability to resurrect one of Reagan’s most important coalitions — Reagan Democrats. Rudy Giuliani will compete in all fifty states, overturning red state/blue state conventional wisdom by placing Democrats on the defense in states that have been solidly blue for years — states such as New York, New Jersey, and California.p>The Reagan Coalitions are more alive today than at anytime since his presidency as economic, defense and social conservatives, and yes, even Reagan Democrats, discover the leadership qualities and conservative government record of Mayor Rudy Giuliani — qualities that I believe will make him our nation’s next President. br> — Congressman Pete Sessions
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?