The Fox and the Scorpion

No matter how many times you tell me that you’ll support the 2nd Amendment, I still don’t believe you.

“I used the gun laws aggressively in New York. I had to, and it worked well,” Giuliani said in response to a question asked during a brief campaign stop at Goss International on Monday. “As president of the United States of America, I would be honor bound to uphold the Second Amendment.”

I’m sure that most of you guys are familiar with the parable of the fox and the scorpion, but for those that might not have heard it, here’s the general version:

The story is about a scorpion asking a fox to carry him across a river. The fox is afraid of being stung, but the scorpion reassures him that if it stung the fox, the fox would sink and the scorpion would drown as well. The fox then agrees; nevertheless, in mid-river, the scorpion stings him, dooming the two of them. When asked why, the scorpion explains, “I’m a scorpion; it’s my nature.”

It is unfortunately a perfect analogy for how I feel about Rudy.  Not to call the man a scorpion (because I think he has some admirable qualities) but when it comes to the subject of individual liberty, this perfectly applies.  He can’t win the election without the support the gun owning side of the Republican lobby.  But I worry that if we put him on our back and carry him across the river, he will sting us two or three years into his term, with some misguided ban on something.

It’s not just guns I’m talking about here.  Rudy isn’t really big on the whole “individual liberty” thing, and I really don’t see how he’d not abuse the office of the presidency in the name of “safety & security”.


  1. In evaluating men, watch what they DO, not what they say. Particularly if the man in question is a Politician.

  2. I think that Rudy has some good qualities, But he is certainly not the best in what I think is a rather dismal pool of canidates, especially on individual liberty.

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