Via friends at OO, I see that Giuliani is not exactly courting civil libertarians:
The Mayor, a former United States Attorney in Manhattan, said New Yorkers were inclined to "see only the oppressive side of authority."
"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," he said at the forum, sponsored by The New York Post. "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."
Asked later about his remarks, Mr. Giuliani said governmental authorities in American society had fallen into disrepute in the last 30 years. He said anarchy would result if everyone were allowed to behave exactly as he wanted and cited Oliver Wendell Holmes's adage that freedom of expression does not include shouting 'Fire!' in a crowded theater.
Now, sometimes when I talk off script I blather on without thinking into a rhetorical dead end and wind up starting to say something that doesn't reflect my thought-out views, to the extent I have any not relating to pudding or nipples. Here's the rule: if you find your mouth moving and your statement turning into a runaway train, shut up. And then shut up again. And before you open your mouth to explain what you meant, get help.
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