That's why Rudy Giuliani has always scared me: It's not that I couldn't live without chinchillas (or even a dog). Rather, it's that I couldn't begin to live with an authoritarian leader dictating to its citizens how they should live their lives.
There are, of course, valid reasons to prohibit the ownership of certain types of animals in certain types of environments. Nevertheless, I'm glad to see that Herr Rudy's infamous two-minute tirade against a ferret owner is getting a new life in the news:
This conversation is over, David. Thank you. [Mr. Giuliani cuts him off.] There is something really, really, very sad about you. You need help. You need somebody to help you. I know you feel insulted by that, but I'm being honest with you. This excessive concern with little weasels is a sickness. [...]
There's a lot more, but you can get the gist. First of all, as Greg Sargent notes, the conversation is funny--in a scary sort of way. What's scary is Giuliani's insistence that there can be no debate once his "heavy-handed government" (Greg's term) has made its decision. And it's clear that the person who needs "help" here is not the ferret owner but the presidential candidate himself and his anger management issues.
We shouldn't be surprised Giuliani feels the way he does. After all, this is a man who leaves pet wives and pet children far more easily and callously than most of us would ever discard an animal.