Saturday, November 3, 2007

Rudy Giuliani: Fundie, Jingo, or Pinko?

Welcome to Civic Saturday. Several of's blog entries have a political slant, so it's only natural that we paint pictures of potential Presidential nominees in broad strokes - as you can find more detailed information elsewhere on the Net. We'll identify these candidates by name and political party, as well as identify if they can be described as: (1) fundie (having religious beliefs bordering or crossing into the realm of fanaticism), (2) jingo (nationalistic and militaristic tendencies), and/or (3) pinko (socialist-minded). Yes, we might as well be offensive across the political spectrum.

First up: The former mayor of New York City and 9/11 hero, Republican party candidate Rudy Giuliani.

Fundie? No. Giuliani is/was pro-choice to the point of an Archbishop threatening to withhold Roman Catholic communion from him. Giuliani has since tread lightly on this issue, as much of the Republican party - those who hold the keys to the party's nomination - are Christian evangelicals and fundamentalists. He also treads lightly on the issue of gay marriage.

Jingo? Yes. He has long supported Bush's war in Iraq and will potentially refocus some of the fight a few miles east of the Tigris: Iran.

Pinko? No. While he tried to make it easier for low-income families to receive health care as mayor of New York, he opposes universal health care of America.

Rudy Giuliani photo credit: Jason Bedrick.

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