Today I officially entered my name as a Delegate supporting Rudy Giuliani in the West Virginia Republican State Convention. As a social conservative, the decision was not easy.
To be honest, my first choice was Mike Huckabee, but his chances of winning the primary, much less the general, are slim. Even now there are only 7 West Virginia Delegates supporting him.
I then turned to the “big four.”
While I respect John McCain and his service to our country, he has consistently propagated legislation contrary to the Constitution – his campaign election reform bill being the worst of the lot. Maybe I’m an indignant Constitutionalist or perhaps I just learned to loath his stance when I debated election law reform in High School, but either way, he’s not getting my vote.
Fred Thompson could have easily snagged my vote; he seems conservative in all facets of government with the exception of public funding of Presidential elections. Yet his drollness is indicative of Bob Dole and we all know how that turned out. To me he acts like he’s in the race merely for the free food.
Mitt Romney is a good person and energetic speaker who has a solid record in the private industry, but Mormonism is not another name for traditional Christianity and the Democrats will rip him to shreds on his beliefs. Is that fair? Not really, but it is the way politics are played. His vulnerability to Hillary and his waffling on key issues makes me avoid him.
Unlike Romney, Rudy Giuliani is straightforward about his beliefs and hasn’t changed them to fit the demographic. No matter whom he is eyeballing, they will hear the same thing. He is anti-abortion, but thinks it should be available if any woman chooses to murder her child; he is against gay marriage, but doesn’t think they should be barred from a civil union; and his personal life is riddle with peccadilloes unbefitting a Presidential candidate.
But I’m voting for him.
I will never agree with abortion, but let us consider a President’s purview in the matter. President Bush is one of the most socially conservative presidents we have had in the last 20 years, yet he did nothing legislatively for the pro-life movement unless you count his veto of the stem-cell research bill. While I agree with his decision, it was not what you might consider a huge blow against abortion.
The fact is a President can take only one major action that helps the pro-life movement: nominate strict constructionist judges. Given Rudy Giuliani’s record of being a law-and-order mayor and his repeated statements supporting judges who stay true to the Constitution, we have the confidence that Rudy will do what is best for all in the end. The battle against abortion cannot be fought legislatively; just ask the legislatures of North Dakota and Mississippi. It must be fought in the courtroom by judges who will overturn Roe v. Wade not because they have a bone to pick, but because it is bad law (and it is).
If a socially conservative President could have overturned abortion, then our current one would have already trampled it to death Texas-style.
I believe Rudy is right: gays should not marry. But the President and Congress should strike a Federalist pose and give states the right to choose what is best for them per the 10th Amendment.
There are plenty of reasons to be recklessly enthusiastic about Rudy’s campaign. His views on the role and size of Government, support of Nationalism, and committal to the war against Islam is refreshing.
Yes, I would rather someone who had a strong Christian faith that exercised itself in his life and beliefs and could win, but that person does not exist.
As rare as the Dodo Bird, I am a social conservative and I support Rudy Giuliani.
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