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This scares the heck out of me. Please God don’t let this guy get elected. This doesn’t sound like a man who’s going to fight for my liberties, but rather a man who will fight for bigger and scarier federal government.

What we don’t see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.

Update: I was a bit unfair in pulling that quote out of its context. Please see comments.

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3 Comments

  1. Hey Tim. That quote does sound scary by itself, but within the context of the article, I don’t quite read it the same. This came from a speech in 1994 at a forum on crime, and it sounds like the point of the speech is that freedom requires personal responsibility – particularly with regards to reducing crime. It doesn’t seem to be a speech promoting bigger government, as evidenced by his opening statement: “We constantly present the false impression that government can solve problems that government in America was designed not to solve.”

    I don’t think Giuliani is a big government kind of guy in general. Check out his proposed health care policies for example here: http://www.joinrudy2008.com/commitment.php?num=7. The subtitle is EMPOWER PATIENTS AND FAMILIES, NOT THE GOVERNMENT. That sounds more like the libertarian leanings I know we both prefer.

    I haven’t decided who I’m voting for yet, btw.

  2. OK, so maybe I was unfair in pulling out that particular quote.

    A quick scan of the link you provided and this jumps out at me:

    “In conjunction with recommendations from doctors and nurses, Rudy will propose new initiatives to promote healthy lifestyles and wellness programs, and tie Medicaid payments to a state’s success in promoting preventative care and tracking obesity for children.”

    Really, I’m a complete noob on this stuff, but this doesn’t seem like something the federal government should be doing. It’s sickening enough that the federal government taxes everyone so much, then turns around and sends that money to the states to dole out to needy people… shouldn’t the money stay in the states to begin with? Now, instead of fixing that issue, it seems Rudy wants the federal government to get in the business of tracking states’ performance and choosing favorites. Yikes.

    But again, I don’t pretend to understand all this stuff.

  3. Coincidentally, I just ran across this in my reader today regarding RP’s views on health care.

    http://paul4prez.blogspot.com/2007/08/dr-ron-pauls-prescription-for-health.html

    The article is written by a supporter — not RP himself — but takes quotes directly from what RP has said.


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