Guliani’s Split-Personality Disorder

11 05 2007

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani, Abortion, Homosexuality, Politics, Conservatism

After having just posted about John Edwards’ “Christian split-personality” disorder yesterday, FoxNews published an article today detailing Rudy Giuliani’s stance on abortion and homosexuality and his efforts to draw in more conservatives.

Calling it [abortion] a complex issue, Giuliani said some of his thoughts have shifted over the years, but there always have been two main pillars of his beliefs on the issue.

“One, is I believe abortion is wrong. I think it is morally wrong. And if I were asked my advice by someone who was considering an abortion, I would tell them not to have the abortion, to have the child, and if nothing else, the adoption option exists,” Giuliani said.

The second pillar, he said, is “that in a country like ours, where people of good faith, people who are equally decent, equally moral, and equally religious, where they come to different conclusions about this, … I believe you have to respect their viewpoint. … I would grant women the right to make that choice” to have an abortion.

He said those two tenets will inform his decision-making and, “it means I am open to seeking ways to limit abortion. I am open to seeking ways to reduce the number of abortions.”

As a Christian, I cannot support a candidate who has such a split-personality with their morals. Giuliani is trying to run for President of the United States as a conservative. He needs to act like one instead of telling us to act like him. Democrats won a majority by posing as conservatives last November. Conservatism won, not the Democrat party. He needs to recognize that the office of President is bigger than him.

Additionally, I agree with his first pillar, but his second pillar is inconsistent with a person of belief in God. Certainly in a country like ours people will have “different conclusions.” But that does not make them right. Abortion is murder. He knows this because of his first pillar. Since murder is illegal in this country, he cannot be pro-choice politically and pro-life personally. This split-personality disorder will not go away for him and he will find it increasingly difficult to connect with the conservative base with such a viewpoint.

Giuliani — who said he also supports rights for gay couples, but not equal rights to marriage — said Republicans must get over their differences on such narrower issues, and said he hoped voters would consider him as a candidate that can compete strongly on broader issues in a general election against Democrats.

“Those of us who believe that we have to remain on offense against terrorism, and we have to remain on offense to preserve, protect and expand our growth economy, we have got to unite in this election. Because if we don’t unite, and we don’t find a way of uniting around broad principles that will appeal to a large segment of this country, if we can’t figure that out, we’re going to lose this election,” said the former New York City mayor.

No, Mr. Giuliani, we need a President who doesn’t waffle on moral issues to gain the moderate vote too. We need a conservative candidate to take a stand against the onslaught of liberalism as well as terrorism in this country. In case you’ve been gone for the last 50 years, we’re fighting two wars here, Mr. Giuliani.

During a debate last week, Giuliani said it would be “OK” if Roe v. Wade were overturned, but it would also be OK if it were upheld. The landmark Supreme Court decision established the right to legalized abortion.

Giuliani also recently acknowledged that he and his ex-wife also contributed to Planned Parenthood, an abortion-rights activist group as well as abortion clinic provider.

How one can oppose abortion personally, but still support government allowing women the right to murder-on-demand, and donate money on a personal level to Planned Parenthood sends two messages. Planned Parenthood depends on actual abortions (death of babies) to make money.

Giuliani took a minor blow on Wednesday when Pope Benedict XVI, speaking to reporters during a trip to Brazil, suggested that Catholic politicians who support abortion rights shouldn’t participate in holy Communion, one of the Church’s major religious rites. Giuliani is Catholic.a

This should speak volumes to Giuliani, if he values his religion at all. But apparently he values Catholocism like Edwards does Christianity.

And according to a questionnaire Giuliani submitted to the abortion-rights activist group NARAL in 1997, obtained by FOX News, Giuliani supported partial-birth abortion and agreed with all nine abortion-rights positions on the questionnaire.

Click here to see the questionnaire.

Giuliani now supports a number of restrictions that he opposed back then, including the ban on partial-birth abortion and parental notification, as long as there is a judicial work-around.

On Friday, Giuliani said his answer to the Roe question is that he would appoint “strict constructionist” judges who would not legislate from the bench, and would interpret the Constitution to the letter of the law. The former prosecutor said there’s no way to predict how a judge would rule, adding, “I’ve been surprised more than once in court.”

Responding to a question from a student reporter, Giuliani said that while he supported partial-birth abortion, the congressional debate over the procedure that led to the 2003 federal ban made him decide the procedure was wrong. He said he also believes the ban does not reduce the right to choose because other alternatives are available.

Continuing the appoint non-breathingists to the SCOTUS is about the only good portion of Giuliani’s entire viewpoint on these two issues. But there’s also the veto pen to consider. If Democrats pass bills on either or both of these two issues that conservatives oppose, will Giuliani veto it? He hasn’t spoken about it yet and I’d need to know.

In the Edwards post, I detailed how his Christianity is split between the moral issue of helping the poor, which Edwards has politicized with his fellow Democrats into a “wealth distribution” issue. Let me get this out of the way now: Rudy Guliani is in more agreement with John Edwards on abortion and homosexuality than in helping the poor. So if the choice comes down to Edwards or Guliani, conservatives will have to go with Guliani and be thankful it’s only four years.

Conservative Culture trackbacked with: Rudy is finally honest

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