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Our next president: Rudy Giuliani

By Michael Moriarty
web posted October 3, 2005

The 2008 election is shaping up to be mighty ugly. Everyone will be sidestepping the political fallout left in the wake of the terrible destruction by hurricane, flood and malign neglect of the once great city of New Orleans.

Rudolph GiulianiRudolph Giuliani will carry the Republicans' "tough guy" image into the race and, by 2008, the present anti-Bush rhetoric will have subsided. Other possible conservative candidates like John McCain will be pushed aside by the memory of Mayor Giuliani's solidity during 9/11.

America now, post-New Orleans catastrophe, wants a crisis President, and Giuliani will arrive wearing medals.

My guess is that Giuliani will be the next President. The voters won't care about his complicated personal life, so long as he's a strongman, like he appeared to be during 9/11 and its aftermath.

Once Giuliani wins, it will then be my job from this eyrie in British Columbia to predict exactly what President Giuliani will do.

Senator Hillary Clinton, of course, is the wild card in this election scenario, though I believe past actions taken during her husband Bill Clinton's administration will exclude her as a viable candidate for the presidency. America wants someone who can stand tall during disasters and not provoke them. This of course means Rudolph Giuliani.

A "get tough" policy will be instituted whether the President's name is Rudolph or Hillary. When the executive branch can so depend upon the unilateral support of the Supreme Court for tougher law enforcement and national security directives, where does this leave Congress and the American people? In a terrible predicament, that's where.

The next administration's four or eight years will bring such turmoil into the hearts of Americans that they'll pray to be back in the 1950s under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Many columnists already say they preferred the Cold War era to the global terrorist menace of today. The coming years will turn Americans against each other in a Second Civil War. We saw the first signs of it in the anarchy that unfolded in New Orleans' floodwaters. The outcome of that struggle will decide the future of the entire human race.

For more on Rudolph Giuliani, read my column entitled "A journey down the River Stix: The flirtatious dances of fascism," posted to the August 8 edition of Enter Stage Righthttp://www.enterstageright.com/archive/articles/0805/0805fascism.htm.

Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who has appeared in the landmark television series Law and Order, the mini-series Taken, and the TV-movie The 4400. He is now filming Pick Me Up, an episode of the Showtime TV series Masters of Horror, in Vancouver.

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