With Conservatives Like New York’s, Who Needs Liberals?

Liberal Democrat Bill de Blasio gestures as he walks onstage during his election victory party at the Park Slope Armory in New York


Patulcius-sqThe Reuters headline reads: “After years on the sidelines, New York’s liberals retaking control“.  New York liberals weren’t in control of New York?  Who would have thought?

After 20 years of Republican leadership, not only will America’s largest city have the most liberal mayor in a generation, helping him implement change will be a progressive-leaning City Council and a longtime liberal ally in the new public advocate.

The city was governed for the last 12 years by Michael Bloomberg, a political independent who was first elected as a Republican, and for eight years before that by Republican Rudolph Giuliani.

To observers as well as Democratic legislators, the last election marked a major change in New York City politics, with a new breed of highly liberal politicians ready to enact a series of progressive policies that would have been dead on arrival under Bloomberg or his predecessor Giuliani.

The article suggests that the City Council formerly had more conservative members recently.  But if no one can remember the last time Republicans dominated that body, it’s because they never have since the City of New York was consolidated in 1898.  Currently only four Republicans sit on a council of 51 members; all but one of the remainder are Democrats.

The article suggests that a new era of progressive reform awaits the city now that Democrat Bill de Blasio has won election.  Maybe so.

While the cross-dressing Giuliani and the nanny-state tyrant Bloomberg could only be considered socially conservative—in a relative sense—on crime (and that’s arguable), a case could be made that they saved New York from some of the more draconian economic policies of Democratic cities like Detroit and San Francisco.

But with conservatives like those and others (such as Bill O’Reilly), who needs liberals?

Maybe New York liberals really have lived on a leash for the past 20 years.  And now that they’re running loose, it will be interesting to see what happens now that Bloomberg has given them the precedent for such draconian micromanagement.

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  1. Reblogged this on Brittius.com and commented:
    It will be Return of the Zoo, Part-II. Just like when we had the Crack Wars. The police will be ordered to pull back from enforcement to containing “if possible”, like we were ordered to do many years ago. Homicides will skyrocket, and the press will be ordered not to report murder rates accurately; Eight murders in one night and only one gets reported by the media.



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