Father And Son … Corruption x 2

Let’s talk about the Giuliani family for a minute.  There was a time when I had the utmost respect for Rudy Giuliani.  In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was the perfect leader.  He offered heartfelt empathy, he was the voice of reason, he so obviously cared what the country, and more specifically New Yorkers were going through.

Unfortunately, that man disappeared shortly thereafter, never to be heard from again.  He was replaced by a Rudy Giuliani who attached himself like a leech to the most corrupt president this nation has ever had, he lied and cheated on behalf of that ‘man’, and he lost every ounce of respect he had ever earned.

Giuliani helped incite the attacks by domestic terrorists, white supremacists, on the Capitol and Congress on January 6th, but that was only the culmination of all his dirty deeds. The New York State Bar Association is investigating his role and it could ultimately lead to his disbarment.

Giuliani is under investigation with the Department of Justice for his dealings with a shadowy cast of characters in Ukraine, attempting to find and distribute material about the relationship between a scandal-plagued Ukrainian energy company and President Biden’s son, Hunter.  Trump famously told Ukraine’s new president Volodymyr Zelenskyy in July 2019 to get in touch with Giuliani …

“Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great.”

And then it came out that the former guy had actually threatened to withhold military aid that had already been approved, unless Ukrainian President Zelenskyy promised to publicly announce an investigation of the company in question.  This, of course, led to the former guy’s first impeachment.

I don’t know what will come of the investigation into Rudy Giuliani and his efforts on behalf of the former guy to help incite an insurrection, but time will tell, and personally I won’t shed a tear if Rudy is disbarred and relegated to the annals of history.  But let’s talk about Rudy’s son, Andrew, for a minute.

When Rudy Giuliani took his oath of office to become Mayor of New York City in 1994, it is said that his son Andrew ruined the moment by repeating parts of the oath along with his father. Andrew was exuberant on the podium beside his father, as he blew kisses to the cameras, mimicked every hand gesture of his father, and shouted out: “It should be so and it will be so!”  Of course, since he was only 8 years old at the time, I guess we can overlook that.

Fast forward to 2017 when the former guy gave Andrew a job at the White House … his official title was Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of the Office of Public Liaison.  Don’t ask what, exactly, he did, but his starting salary in 2017 was $77,000 and within two years had been increased to $95,000.  Remember, folks, that we paid this salary and as far as I can discern, the only thing he did to earn it was contact sports teams to get them to come to the White House for a photo op with the former guy.

Initially, he was given ‘unescorted access’ to the West Wing, but when John Kelly became Chief of Staff, that was rescinded, then re-instated when Kelly left and was replaced by Mick Mulvaney.  That tells me that his position was largely … nothing more than a favour to his father.  He floated around for his own ego.  Oh … one more thing he did was he golfed with the former guy much of the time!  He was a regular golf partner of Trump, and traveled with him for the sole purpose of playing a round or two of golf with him.  In January 2020, the Irish Times called him “Trump’s most regular playing partner”.  Never forget that We the People paid for this!

Fast forward again to present day when Andrew Giuliani is considering a run for … wait for it … Governor of New York!  He has higher aspirations than his father, and only about one-fourth as much intelligence!  It is reported that he’ll be flying to Mar-a-Lago next week to meet with the former guy to finalize his plans for his campaign.  Says Andrew …

“I will be down there next week for a two to three-day swing where we’ll be meeting with donors, interviewing potential staff and speaking to the former President. From a self-interest standpoint, I want the President to be as involved as he wants to be …”

Oh, my aching head!  He seems to be one of the delusional mass who has forgotten that the former guy is just that … former.  But the good news is that New Yorkers are too smart to be snowed by this young punk-in-a-suit!  At least, I hope they are.  I hope they send Andrew G packing, send him back to the playground, the golf course, or the Ukraine … I really don’t care as long as he never enters the Governor’s mansion!  I strongly suspect he has his eye on the Oval Office somewhere down the road, in which case I would jump off a tall building!

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  2. I remember Rudy as the Mayor of NY, and had a small amount of respect for him. That began to evaporate when I saw he was the former guy’s lawyer, and it totally evaporated when he had that press conference at the landscaping place. That was pure farce!

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    • I’m not sure what happened to Rudy between 2001 and 2016, but he seems to have done a Jekyll-Hyde transformation. Perhaps greed or more likely a lust for power took over. I sincerely hope he sees the inside of a prison cell soon, and that it puts an end to his son’s political aspirations. Sigh. We seem to have more than our fair share of nasties in politics in this nation!

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  3. That salary thing? The “former guy” didn’t care. It wasn’t out of his pocket. And he was doing a favor for one of his “special friends” who was willing to jump through whatever hoop was put before him. Of course, he may now find out that at least one particular hoop had spikes in it.

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    • No, he didn’t care, for he didn’t even PAY taxes, so it cost him less than it cost you or me. I hope that before I die I see the whole rotten lot of them wearing orange jumpsuits and behind thick metal bars. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Heh heh … I suspect more than one hoop was spiked …

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    • I certainly hope so, but then … these days I just don’t know. People seem to be losing their sense of decency, their expectation of honesty and integrity in their elected officials. And not just here … I see BoJo is in some hot water these days, too. Sigh. What is wrong with this world … never mind, it was a hypothetical question, one I ask myself multiple times each day.

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      • You’re right, but there are some strange things going on here. Johnson’s government – and him in particular – are being shown up as crooked almost on a daily basis, yet their poll ratings keep improving. Either the pro-Tory press is doing its job well, or there really should be an intelligence test before people are allowed to vote.

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        • That sounds like the era of Trump here … the more corruption that was reported, the more his ratings increased. My guess is it’s a combination of both … but mostly that people have gotten too lazy to bother thinking, to take a few minutes to scout out all sources, to research a bit, then to put two and two together in their brains. Far easier to listen to the media that tells you what you want to hear. Sigh. Is there hope for this world? Some days I wonder.

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          • Populism has won them many votes – they just jump on the most readily available bandwagon, shouting ‘look at me, aren’t I great?’ and the morons fall for it. It’s sad. Bigly sad.

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            • In both the UK and US a skewed electoral system plays into their hands. Remember neither Johnson nor Trump ever had anywhere near 50% of the ‘popular’ vote. ‘Swing states’ and ‘marginal constituencies’ mean they only have to concentrate their campaigning on a relatively small part of the electorate.

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              • Very true, Frank. Maybe compulsory voting, with an online option to make it easier for those who can’t easily get out? That would at least give us a hope of getting a true majority. But I stand by my point – they play to their galleries and tell them what they want to hear. Last week’s ‘Johnson, man of the people’s game’ act was a blatant example.

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                • Indeed, I would like to see not only compulsory voting, but postal voting available in every state for anyone who chooses it. I’m not sure how much I would trust online voting, given the ease with which hackers seem to be able to tap into our most personal data online, but postal voting is proven to be about the most secure way there is to vote (contrary to what the former guy says). And yep, to your point, everyone has their favourite source that spoon feeds them exactly what they want to hear, what fits in with their own beliefs.

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                  • I agree on postal voting, and it is available everywhere here – it is just a part of the system, and doesn’t need to be ‘approved’ by any political parties. It is to your country’s shame that politicians can play games like they do – you can’t be deemed to be a democracy until there are no hindrances to anyone voting. I would like online voting too, but note the concern about the possibility of it being hijacked – if the Russians can interfere in current voting who knows what they’d make of that!

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                    • Some states, far too many in my view, do not allow postal voting except in certain circumstances, such as if the person is going to be out of the country or out of his home district on election day. A few states actually have all postal voting. My own state and many others allow “no excuse” postal voting for anyone who so chooses, but you must request a ballot a couple of months before the election. Other states will automatically send ballots to those who have voted by mail in the past. There is no consistency at all. I’d like to see postal-only voting, no need for polling places that may be difficult to get to within their scheduled hours. And … we should be voting on a Sunday as some countries do, so working people wouldn’t have to juggle their schedules. Where we should be trying to make it as easy, as painless as possible for everyone, instead the states are trying to make it as difficult as possible. I agree with you … there are a number of reasons the U.S. cannot claim to be a democracy, and our disenfranchisement of so many is just one of the reasons. Yeah, I can see a host of other countries vying for hacking into our online voting sites … heck, probably even Mozambique would get in on the action!

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                    • In a nutshell, your elections are a mess, aren’t they! They really shouldn’t be left to individual states to determine, but under the former guy you couldn’t have trusted the government to make them fair and inclusive. I see no easy solution, though the objective should be clear, as you say.

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                    • Indeed they are a mess, and about to get messier with 43 of the 50 states attempting to pass blatantly suppressive voting laws that will rob not only many Blacks, but also college students, elderly citizens, working mothers, and the poor. In other words, voting will belong to mainly white males. I fully agree with you that it shouldn’t be up to the states … it is far too important to allow some backward states to disenfranchise half their people. We fought 50 years ago for voting rights, gained them, and now we’re back to the days of Jim Crow, even worse. No, there is no easy solution, no panacea, but the two bills languishing in the Senate would be a giant step in overriding the restrictive state laws. Will they pass in the Senate? I wouldn’t bet a dollar on it, as long as the filibuster remains in place. Sigh.

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              • Excellent point, Frank. I don’t know the numbers in Boris election, but here Trump lost by nearly 3 million votes, winning the Electoral College only because of gerrymandering, districts plotted to cram as many minorities into a single district as possible, thereby diluting the Black, Hispanic and Asian votes.

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  4. Jill, Rudy just crashed and burned his reputation beginning when he ran for president and thought he would overwhelm everyone – he did not. We did not know then, but his fifteen minutes of fame was in the past when he was America’s Mayor. Then he chose to fly to close to the sun, meaning Trump, and he got burned. People who turned down offers to work for Trump knew this, or at least their spouses did, and the declined. But, Rudy chose to ignore that and now may deservedly go to jail. And, Trump continues to escape true accountability for his corrupt, deceitful and seditious activities. Keith

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    • You’re so right … he wrecked his record, his entire career, and all for what (whom)? It’s sad, for 20 years ago he was a hero, and now, he’s the scum of the earth. Yes, like you, I want to see the head of this corruption roll right into a prison cell. I’m sure investigations are happening, but I’ll be happy when I hear him pronounced “Guilty” and a prison sentence assigned. It better happen, too, else a precedent will have been set and we will see another like him soon.

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          • Jill, I think some do, but the problem has always been for the private sentiment to be vocalized publicly. I do believe most of the GOP legislators in Congress do not respect or care for the former president, but they cannot say that. Keith

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            • My view is … we elect a person, not a party … or at least that is the way it should be, though I acknowledge that far too often people vote for the party even when the person is a numnut. And so, if I voted for the person, I expect him or her to vote their conscience, not the party line. I would have far more respect for them if they stood up and said they are finished with the former guy, admitted he was the definition of the words “incompetent, corrupt”, and then moved on trying to work toward finding common ground to help people. Sigh. I know, I know … a pipe dream.

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              • Jill, I saw today where Mike Pence still has fealty to the former president, in spite of the fact he put a target on Pence’s back and Pence’ family was also in danger. The cowardice of this posture is beyond me. This seditious and deceiftful put your family in danger as well as your colleagues and you still pledge fealty to him Mr. Pence? Really? Keith

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