Tuesday, August 31, 2004
America's Mayor Speaks to RNC
While watching the RNC, one of my first thoughts was, "Glad McCain's back on board, but is he wearing a life vest under that suit?" How long until he jumps ship again? Or, will he behave himself for the next 4 years in an attempt to win my support and yours?
I missed much of Rudy's address. Given that I shook hands with the man a few months ago, I pulled his speech up online and quote parts of it below. After comparing President Bush to great leaders such as Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan, Giuliani spoke of President Bush's resolve and determined leadership:
"Some call it stubbornness. I call it principled leadership. President Bush has the courage of his convictions.I can't tell you how many Kerry surrogates I've heard on television stating that an intelligent person can change his/her mind. An intelligent person can see the value of both sides of an argument. An intelligent person can give a better answer than "yes" or "no". They say this as an explanation of why John Kerry voted for the war in Iraq in 2002 (public opinion supported such an action), and why he voted against funding the war in 2003 (public opinion had in large measure shifted).
"In choosing a President ... [w]e choose a leader. And in times of danger, as we are now in, Americans should put leadership at the core of their decision.
"There are many qualities that make a great leader but having strong beliefs, being able to stick with them through popular and unpopular times, is the most important characteristic of a great leader."
Giuliani later goes on to explain that sticking with your principles is not necessarily stubborness, as the Kerry Campaign has portrayed President Bush. Giuliani states that occasionally, a leader must recognize that circumstances have changed, or an error was committed. He clearly adds, however, that such changes are the exception, not the rule.
"Winston Churchill saw the dangers of Hitler while his opponents characterized him as a war-mongering gadfly.And what do we hear about our President? Al Gore claims Bush "played on our fears"; others criticized him for a pre-emptive strike in Iraq, while criticizing him for not taking care of Afghanistan prior to 9/11.
"Ronald Reagan saw and described the Soviet Union as "the evil empire" while world opinion accepted it as inevitable and belittled Ronald Reagan's intelligence.
"President Bush sees world terrorism for the evil that it is."
"John Kerry has no such clear, precise and consistent vision... [I]t is important to see the contrast in approach between the two men;I feel confident knowing that President Bush is in command of our armed forces, the war on terror, and ultimately, the security of my family, nation and way of life.
"President Bush, a leader who is willing to stick with difficult decisions even as public opinion shifts, and John Kerry, whose record in elected office suggests a man who changes his position often even on important issues."
Good show, Rudy.