Rudy Giuliani started his public career as a real hero. As a U.S. Attorney, he investigated and prosecuted Wall Street executives who were corrupt. These were rich and powerful folks, yet Rudy showed no fear of retribution — justice was more important than personal safety.

His next target was the families that ran organized crime in New York City. Again, these were powerful people who could do him harm, but Rudy persevered and chose justice over personal safety. Then Rudy was elected mayor and attacked the criminal behavior that was ruining New York’s image. Crime diminished under his leadership, visitors returned and the city’s coffers were once again filled as tourists spent money in the newly reclaimed metropolis.

The heart of New York City was attacked on 9/11 and the aftermath was devastating. The twin towers tumbled down and the brash self-confidence of the population crumbled with it. New Yorkers were walking around in a fog, unable to focus. To the rescue came Mayor Giuliani, who struck the necessary chord to awaken the city.

Rudy became the nation’s mayor. That fall there was a mayoral election in Houston, Texas, and citizens wrote letters to the Houston Chronicle asking that Giuliani’s name be added to the ballot there. It appeared that Rudy decided that it was time to retire from politics and to earn some money.

He formed an international consulting firm which used his connections and reputation to generate business. According to observers, there was one problem. Rudy was no longer on television and missed the public adulation, so he returned to politics. A run for president was not successful, which led him to join the campaign of his good friend, Donald Trump.

Instead of being appointed Attorney General, Rudy joined Trump’s legal team. He wandered around Ukraine seeking dirt on the Biden family, not realizing (or caring) that his source of information was a Russian intelligence operative. Now, he was back on television, spouting support for the president.

As the president’s personal attorney, Rudy pushed the claim that the election of Joe Biden was stolen. Despite the inability to demonstrate proof of his claims, he continued to bray. His support for the president’s charges became so intense that at one news conference, his hair dye could be seen dripping down his face in the bright lights.

In the near future, there will be a book published entitled, “Profiles in Cowardice and Deception,” and Rudy Giuliani’s face will be on the book’s cover. He has been transformed from a man who placed the law above his personal needs and who led a city back from the brink of disaster. Unfortunately, that heroic man has morphed into an irrational clown — such a shame!

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