By Michael Lordi
A week ago, you would have thought that every time the Yankees win a home game we should expect the stadium public address system blast the recording of Frank Sinatra singing, “New York, New York Uber Alles.”
Thankfully, that’s not going to happen, and for that we can thank the legendary indifference of the average New Yorker.
It’s been over two weeks since three of New York State’s top political figures found cloistered forums to complain about a group of “undesirables” living among them who are responsible for all the state’s problems. To hear the politicos, these undesirables are a mere sliver of the population yet they control all of New York’s industry, hoard all its wealth, and produce a monstrous level of income inequality for those who choose to rely on government for their sustenance. Most criminal of all, New York’s leaders said, too many of these undesirables — these Conservatives — are being elected to government positions in open and fair elections.
That must not stand.
Governor Andrew Cuomo (D – NY) kicked off the coordinated attack by invoking his inner Rudolf Hess to call for a purging of his political and ideological opponents. (NOTE TO OUR READERS IN DUBUQUE, IOWA: Hess was an author of the 1933 Nuremberg Laws promoting Aryan racial and political purity designed to rescind civil rights for German Jews and lay the groundwork for the pan-European deportation of all ‘enemies of the state’.)
In an interview with a public radio and TV station, Governor Cuomo essentially said that those who opposed his Progressive views must leave New York because they were scaring the upstate livestock as well as the citizenry.
“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 if they are the extreme Conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
Pack your bags, Cardinal Dolan.
Speaking of anti-gay, this is the same Andrew Cuomo who in 1977 led the effort of his father, Mario Cuomo (D – NY), in the Democratic primary for mayor against Ed Koch (D – NY) by plastering the borough of Queens with signs reading, “Vote for Cuomo, not the Homo.”
Not to be outdone, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D – NY) refined the attack to zero in on the Tea Party. He picked up on the theme of too many elected Conservatives and proposed a plan to rig state primaries so Tea Party backed candidates couldn’t win. Schumer complained that Republican primary elections favored Tea Party activists because they turn out in droves to participate in the electoral process. He called for more states to adopt a “blanket” type of state primary in which all candidates from all political parties compete in one election and the top finishers advance regardless of party affiliation. According to Schumer:
“It would force the most extreme candidates in Republican districts to move closer to the middle to pick up more moderate Republicans and independents.”
Note that the Senator did now say how this would force extreme Democrat candidates to the center in search of moderates. Could it be that there is no such thing as a moderate Democrat?
Schumer then went on to call for more IRS scrutiny on the Tea Party to weaken it by curtailing its funding.
“It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies—we must redouble those efforts immediately.”
Schumer, by the way, made his remarks in a 51-minute speech before the ultra-leftist, IRS-tax-exempt Center for American Progress.
Which brings us to the newly minted Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio (Sandinista — NY). His Honor broke away from his planned remarks before the U.S. Conference of Mayors last week to say he supported Gov. Cuomo’s proclamation about the state’s all-blue political purity, and that red outliers had no place there. The mayor was feeling his oats and obviously happy to be away from the botched snow plowing fiasco from a well-expected winter storm. The distraction kept him from facing the same snow removal media criticism that ruined the career of his predecessor John Lindsey (R – NY) and gave a black eye early in the tenure of Michael Bloomberg (Nurse Ratched – NY).
These New York pols were talking political smack. They likely were having a good giggle poking at the Tea Party because it lacks nationally recognized leaders and platform to defend itself. And the media coverage provides the illusion of relevance.
Interestingly, the aftermath of their coordinated calls to make New York the New Nuremburg attracted neither a wave of outrage from Conservatives nor interest from fellow New Yorkers. They took the news of the incendiary comments with a Big Apple yawn. Perhaps that’s because from the moment it was founded in the Seventeenth Century, New York has been the safe harbor for undesirables escaping the same kind of political intolerance and philosophical purity called for by the Governor, the Senator and the Mayor. Nothing symbolizes this migration to the Empire State more than the refugees who fled Nuremburg.
Nuremburg was the unofficial capital of Germany from the late Eighteenth to early Twentieth Centuries because it was considered the most “Aryan” of the German locales. The historic center of Bavaria, Nuremburg in art, architecture and influence epitomized the foundation of Germanic culture, racial purity and the epicenter of the Thousand Years Reich. The city was codified in the legends of German heroes, in the writings of pan-German Junkers and the fat-lady-singing operas of Wagner.
It was Hitler’s favorite city.
In their solitude, when the TV cameras and microphones are unplugged, when the political roadies and consultants have gone home, I can’t believe Cuomo, Schumer and de Blasio really think of New York as the political and cultural epicenter of American Progressivism. All three boast they are defenders of diversity, so how can they possibly want their State and City to have the same unpolluted social order Bismarck and the German leadership of the 1930s and 1940s had chosen for Nuremburg?
When I heard their clownish remarks, I chuckled and thought what most New Yorkers probably were thinking: “They really don’t mean this . . .”