ORLANDO, January 23, 2014—While New York has been a politically liberal state for decades, . Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio will not rest until New York has been turned into the out-of-wedlock child of Detroit and Greece.
Both men won their respective elections by wide margins. They have every right to govern as they see fit. They also have every right to suffer the consequences of arrogance, hubris, and policies that have failed everywhere they have been tried. They have every right to pit people against each other just as President Obama has done at the national level. They also have to accept that stoking fear and resentment will poison their ability to lead. Waging war on a segment of your own citizens is the surest way to destroy a society.
All bigotry is wrong. Many cultures have faced bigotry, even in New York. The Irish came off the boat to Ellis Island and saw signs reading “Irish need not apply.” Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi was once told that no team would hire a guy whose “last name ends in a vowel,” a slap at his Italian heritage. Jews suffered unspeakable horrors throughout their history. Yet the Irish, Italians and Jews built strong neighborhoods and stronger families. They proudly kept their own heritage while simultaneously embracing America.
While racial and ethnic bigotry has rightly been condemned, ideological bigotry remains the last remaining acceptable form of hatred and discrimination. Rather than bring people together in a diverse city that is the envy of the world, Cuomo and DeBlasio have already begun spreading ideological bigotry.
Governor Cuomo launched a full-scale assault on people who see the world differently from him.
“Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
No place in New York? Extreme? There is nothing extreme about taking politically conservative positions. When one is hard left, they see the left as the center, the center as the right, and the right as extremism. Even if leftists find conservatives crazy, does that really mean conservatives do not have a right to exist in the state? Andrew Cuomo would be a great leader of the Gaza Strip, where the population is 100% homogenous and Jews are not allowed for thinking differently. Part of being an American leader means accepting dissenting opinion holders as legitimate human beings. Like Obama, Cuomo fails this test.
DeBlasio may be worse. He made it clear that he would raise taxes on the wealthy. This is a policy viewpoint. While this wrongheaded viewpoint is not in itself sinister, policy power should not be used for vindictive purposes. When Cuomo offered to continue state funds for some programs to avoid higher city taxes, DeBlasio declined. He wants to raise taxes not out of need, but to fulfill an ideological concept of fairness.
DeBlasio sunk even lower when a recent snowstorm blanketed Gotham City. DeBlasio had the streets in poor Brooklyn neighborhoods plowed while the Upper East Side of Manhattan remained stuck in snow. While this could be a coincidence, it fits in with the idea of DeBlasio’s rhetoric about teaching the wealthy a lesson.
These statements and actions by Cuomo and DeBlasio are exactly what happened when the left captured Detroit in the 1960s. Vengeance was exacted on “the rich,” which naturally meant attacking middle class Americans, especially if they were Caucasian and Republican. Money is fungible, the productive people left, and Detroit collapsed.
In recent days, Sean Hannity has stated that he will be leaving New York for a lower tax state when his next contract is up. While liberals may take delight in an influential conservative leaving, they will not be laughing when the trickle exodus becomes a tidal wave out of New York. Even Wall Street firms know they can cross into New Jersey, Connecticut or other areas. In a global world connected by the internet, there is no reason to have a physical office in New York itself. The prestige is far outweighed by the fiscal pain inflicted on companies in an anti-business state where profits are equated with evil and greed.
Throughout America, even liberals are fleeing liberal areas rather than live in their own self-inflicted misery. Massachusetts people are hiding out in New Hampshire. Maryland and DC residents are flocking to Virginia. Californians are moving to Texas, Arizona and Nevada while New Yorkers like Rush Limbaugh have escaped to Florida. People are not moving to blue states. They are tired of politicians who raise taxes and increase regulations but cannot fix a simple pothole or clean a street after a snowstorm.
Cuomo and DeBlasio are doing everything they can to encourage a mass exodus of anybody who does not fit their liberal worldview. They will control everything, break everything, and own everything until it is reduced to nothing. New York State and New York City will become the next Detroit because the left will get the government they deserve.
The only hope is that when they drive their areas into bankruptcy, a Republican president will tell them where to stick it when they ask for a bailout.