Friday, October 05, 2007

Maybe Not Tough Enough to Stand Up to Terrorists


Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani interrupted his speech to the NRA to take a cell phone call from his current wife, Judith. He left his audience sitting there listening to him take the call. Some suggested it was a bizarre stunt of some kind. Then other reports of the same type of behavior surfaced. People would pay $1,000 a head to be with Guiliani at an event. Then his wife would call on the cell ten minutes after he got there, and he would disappear for the duration of the event taking the call. The evidence suggests that when Rudy's wife calls he will stiff everyone else and take the call. And Guiliani, if you believe his spin-meisters, is supposed to be a "tough guy".

Fred Thompson is another one who is supposed to be the Alpha-male type. And yet, he has already gone through three campaign managers. At least one of them came outright and said that the reason he left is that the candidate's wife was calling the shots. That would be Jerri Thompson, a person of little prior experience or accomplishment in managing political campaigns.

On the other hand, Texas Congressman Ron Paul is NOT supposed to be a tough guy. Some of the more virulent critics even revile him off as a weak man, a craven appeaser. And yet, Ron Paul does not let his wife of 50 years run his campaign. He does not jump every time she calls on the cell phone. In fact, the day of the Iowa Straw Poll his wife collapsed and was sent to the hospital where she was given a pacemaker. Dr. Paul did not skip the event to be at her bedside-he was at the Straw Poll.

I imagine I will take some heat for being blunt enough to say what most men (and many traditional women) would only think about these incidents, but Guiliani and Thompson seem to be inordinately controlled by their wives. I think this is because both men led lives that were personally immoral in their conduct with the opposite sex prior to their current marriages. Because of that, it would be understandable if their current wives were somewhat less trusting of their spouses than is Mrs. Paul of hers. Judith Guiliani may well throw a fit if Rudy Guiliani fails to answer her calls because in the back of her mind she has doubts about what he might be up to. Mrs. Paul is secure in her position and in her husband's devotion. This frees him to do his duty to the campaign (and perhaps later the country) even if she is in the hospital. She understands and supports her husband.

I believe that Americans must let go of their superficial ideas about what a strong man is. Staying faithful to, and keeping happy, the same woman for 50 years is a sign of strength. Spending decades of one's life chasing loose women around or developing a pattern of betraying one's spouse is a sign of weakness. Those men are not even dealing with their own wives from a position of strength and moral authority. For the many threats facing America today, we need a strong man, not strutting, tough-talking Hollywood strong man, but a real strongman. That starts with one who has ruled himself well. We have some wanna-be tough guys braying about how they will stand up to "the terrorists", maybe I would be more convinced if they were not intimidated by their wives.

8 Comments:

Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

PS- I am gonna pull this post if my wife doesn't like it!

5:45 PM, October 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Puh-dump, ching!

Seriously, folks...

7:11 PM, October 05, 2007  
Anonymous Rick said...

"In fact, the day of the Iowa Straw Poll his wife collapsed and was sent to the hospital where she was given a pacemaker. Dr. Paul did not skip the event to be at her bedside-he was at the Straw Poll."
Sounds like Ron Paul cares more about winning an election than taking care of his wife. Now that is love!!

11:38 AM, October 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Puh-dump, ching!

Seriously, folks...

7:35 PM, October 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would say that spending the last 50 years of his life faithful to one woman and dedicating himself to her and her offspring is love. She probably told him to "go get them", and if she didn't, we have 22 year old guys in Iraq right now who don't get to come be with their wives in a situation like that.

7:15 AM, October 07, 2007  
Anonymous Rick said...

This article was an attack on the toughness of Rudy based on his multiple wives. I don't disagree that lifestyle is a character issue, but is far from being about toughness.
Just because Paul has had one wife in 50 years doesn't make him any tougher than Bill Clinton who has had one wife. Both these guys, Clinton was weak on fighting the war on terror and I think Paul just don't get it.
How many leaders would have thrown Arafat out of a concert in New York because he had murdered Americans? Would Ron Paul? Probably not. But Rudy did.
Sorry, but how many times a person has been married has nothing to do with his toughness in fighting the war on terror.

7:51 AM, October 07, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Rick,

I believe that character issues are inseparable from toughness issues. What is character but doing the right thing and making the right choices even when things are tough or faced with temptations that are tough to resist?

Bill Clinton was able to "compartmentalize", but I am not. All of reality is connected. Rudy's insecurity at home is going to lead him to showy, knee-jerk responses in the fight against global terror that may do more harm than good.

I believe much of the barbs cast at Ron Paul about "not understanding the enemy" come from folks who don't understand the enemy as well as he does- because he has studied what the enemy says and they haven't, and because he has read the writings of our experts who have studied them and apparently others haven't.

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
- Sun Tzu

Ron Paul's strategy of consolidating our strength at home, securing our borders, spending our treasure building our own economy rather than garrisoning the world, and otherwise minding our own business is a much smarter and more secure strategy than Bush's idiotic policy of leaving the borders wide open while spying on Americans more and squandering our strength against nations who are no threat to the United States. Are you willing to say that Bush does not get it?

10:38 AM, October 07, 2007  
Anonymous Rick said...

Mark,
If Bush truly gets it we would have started securing our borders and ports on 9/12/2001. If Bush truly understood the enemy we face he would work at closing the largest Mosque in the world in New York. So to answer your question, no I don't think Bush gets it.

I must admit the character issue is troublesome for me supporting Giuliani. But he is the best we have running at this time so I go with the lesser of 2 evils.

11:11 AM, October 07, 2007  

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