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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Rudy's Contract with America

Giuliani has a 12-item platform. Most of the planks are good, but some raise questions.

Number 8 throws a bone to right-to-lifers, and goes beyond abortion:

I will increase adoptions, decrease abortions, and protect the quality of life for our children.

We need to take advantage of the common ground in America to reduce abortions by increasing adoptions and assuring that individual choice is well informed. We need to measure our progress toward these goals. We need to reduce the high costs of adoption. And we need to protect our children against sexual predators and online pornography.

If "assuring that individual choice is well informed" means what I think it means, the abortion lobby will want his head on a platter. Planned Parenthood and its fellow travelers despise informed consent laws.

Compromise is impossible on the central issue of abortion - either the fetus is a human life or it isn't. Rudy's only chance to settle nerves is to convince right-to-lifers that except for promoting informed consent laws, he's not gonna touch the issue as President. Robin Toner of National Right to Life says history is against his shot at the nomination.

Number 9:

I will reform the legal system and appoint strict constructionist judges.

America must reform its legal system. We need to eliminate nuisance lawsuits through "loser-pays" provisions. Tort reform can help us reduce costs passed on to the consumer, such as higher insurance premiums. Activist judges threaten to expand the power of the courts beyond the bounds established by the Constitution; we must reassert the proper balance.

The NRLC article cites a Rudy quote that calls into question his ability to recognize judicial activism:

"It would be O.K. to repeal," Mr. Giuliani said. "Or it would be O.K. also if a strict constructionist judge viewed it as a precedent, and I think a judge has to make that decision."

One can support abortion and still recognize that the Constitution doesn't guarantee it as a right. The Constitution is silent on the issue, and SCOTUS is not authorized to rule on science, in this case the science of when life begins. Blackmun denied that the Court ruled on science; in the ruling he states, "We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins." But that is dishonest; the Court based its rulings on assumptions regarding the beginnings of human life.

If Rudy gets Roe wrong, what else will he get wrong?

Number 11 (emphasis added):

I will provide access to a quality education to every child in America by giving real school choice to parents.

Education reform is a civil-rights struggle and the key to improving America’s competitiveness in the global economy. We need to empower parents and children by expanding school choice. We need to promote math and science, while ending the digital divide.

I'd like more details on that last item. That kind of language sounds a bit statist. Sure, those are good things to pursue, but when a politician says "we" need to do something, "we" is usually the government. At the very least, citizens need to know what Rudy has planned.

Number 12 (emphasis added):

I will expand America's involvement in the global economy and strengthen our reputation around the world.

We need to strengthen our country by engaging aggressively the global economy. The mission of the State Department needs to be focused on acting first and foremost as an advocate for America. Fostering trade and educational and cultural exchange will promote the expansion of freedom.

Expanding freedom takes a bit more than that. We've got to find some diplomatic means to get Mexico to expand its economic freedom, so that it will be a prosperous nation and we won't be flooded with economic refugees. That involves talking a government into giving up some of its power. That ain't easy. I don't know what it takes, but I know that educational and cultural exchange aren't nearly enough. Same applies to bargaining with the developing world and with semi-developed nations other than Mexico.


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