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Giulianisms

guilianism.htmThe only real pleasure I’ve gotten out of the Bush presidency these last four years has been those ubiquitous Bushism, the slips, mispronunciations, and verbal gaffes that George W. Bush has treated us to, like arguably the best, featured in Michael Moore’s SiCKo:

“Too many good OB/GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.”

But here’s what’s frightening about the (increasingly unlikely) prospect of Rudy Giuliani rising to the presidency: He says some crazy shit, but it’s not because he’s a mangler of the English language, it’s because he genuinely means it. Take a look at what he said yesterday at a forum on urban crime:

“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.”

You know, when I think of “freedom,” the first thing that always pops into my head is “authority” and ceding to it. Just like, when I think of “liberation,” I think of handcuffs and duct tape.

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A little bit of scary Rousseau philosophy there.
"Whoever refuses to obey the general will shall be forced to obey it by the whole body politic, which means nothing else but that he will be forced to be free." Ahh, the pleasure of being forced to be free.

I feel stupid. The philosophy seems to make sense to me. If I let a governing body impose penalties for certain actions, it would seem to protect me in ways I couldn't protect myself.

It's the limitations of the social contract that define freedom. No one expects the full and absolute absence of authority, but it's those very margins where freedom gets nibbled away. By the way, as an ex New Yorker, I can say with a certain expertise, Guiliani is a douchebag!

Thanks, that makes a lot of sense. On both counts. :)

I live to serve...

How does one become an ex New Yorker? I've never been a New Yorker but I'd like to file papers if I could, to be an ex New Yorker, and an ex Floridian if paperwork is processed elsewhere.

Then I can sign things, Sar Smith, XNY XFL, which has the added bonus of making me sound like a second-tier football player.

The process to become an ex nyer is fairly straight forward:

A) Live in the city

B) Think to yourself "What the fuck am I doing here in this shithole?"

C) Move

The ex FL move seems more complicated as it requires a rise in IQ.

I enjoy my freedom to enjoy handcuffs .... oops, that kind of sharing is for a different blog.