by Shifra on January 12, 2014
Posted in: Democrats, Disaster, Incompetence, Leftists
After the disastrous years of former Dem Mayor David Dinkins, and after twenty years of amazing progress under Rudy Giuliani and, yes, Michael Bloomberg, NYC has officially begun its backward slide into chaos.
The Dinkins years: graffiti everywhere ‚Äď on building and subway cars ‚Äď filthy streets, seedy Times Square filled with porn shops and peep shows, car thefts, muggings, panhandlers accosting pedestrians and subway riders.
And who could forget the squeegee men?
We always kept a roll of quarters in the car, because whenever we drove in Manhattan and had to stop for a red light, a squeegee guy would pounce on our car and try to ‚Äúclean‚ÄĚ the windshield with a filthy rag. We would then roll down the window, and pay our twenty-five cents ‚Äúhighway robbery toll,‚ÄĚ (which would, at least, end the windshield ‚Äúcleaning‚ÄĚ) until the next red light. (Giuliani put an immediate stop to all panhandling and squeegee activity. What a relief!)
But now, after such a remarkable twenty-year recovery, why in the world would New Yorkers vote in a far-Left community organizer with no executive experience? Oh wait‚Ä¶
As Peggy Noonan points out in her WSJ article, New York‚Äôs Divider in Chief:
(article in full can be read via The Patriot Post)
‚Ä¶.You have to have some years on you to remember New York when it didn‚Äôt work‚Ä¶.You have to be older than 30 or so to remember when it wasn‚Äôt safe.
‚Ä¶.If you‚Äôre a 20-year-old voter, or a 40-year-old voter who came to the city from elsewhere, you don‚Äôt remember garbage strikes and grime. Your vision of the city is as it was in the Giuliani-Bloomberg era, a city ever rising‚Ä¶.
For those of you who do not live on The Plantation, er, in The Big Apple, here are some highlights of the de Blasio campaign and Inauguration.
1) The Inaugural invocation:
Emancipation proclamation :08
To set captives free :26
Shackles of fear :38
Auction block :56
Civil wars 1:22
The plantation called New York City 1:36
Many were critical of his provocative rhetoric.
But, as Politicker reported: De Blasio ‚ÄėVery Comfortable‚Äô With Controversial Inauguration Speeches
2) The Acorn Nut Bertha Lewis: She‚Äôs ‚ÄúBaacccck‚ÄĚ
via NY Post: ACORN chief gets back in the game
ACORN‚Äôs former leader is back on top.
Bertha Lewis played critical behind-the-scenes roles in the victorious Democratic primary campaigns of both Bill de Blasio for mayor and Kenneth Thompson for Brooklyn district attorney, The Post has learned.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre baacccck. The right wing will have to deal with it,‚ÄĚ Lewis chuckled.
3) The de Blasio Ad
Here is the de Blasio ad, featuring ol‚Äô Bertha.
And communist-sympathizer Harry Belafonte, who thinks America is a terrible country.
Yes, Harry sang a song about a banana boat (‚ÄúDay-O‚ÄĚ) in the 1950‚Äôs, and after a career in music and film, he now has a net worth of $28 million.
A terrible country, indeed.
4) Other Communist-sympathizers/Communists gaining power in the de Blasio administration: via Breitbart: NYC Painted Red
Bill de Blasio is not the only red coming to power in New York City. He will also be joined by a ‚Äúprogressive‚ÄĚ majority City Council. Here is a sampling of three of those he will be working with:
‚ÄďMelissa Mark-Viverito, top contender for City Council Speaker, went down to Bolivia to campaign for that nation‚Äôs marxist dictator Evo Morales, in 2009‚Ä¶.
‚ÄďInez Barron, a more quiet but equally radical sidekick to her husband Charles Barron. Their views, as voiced by Charles, include: ‚Äúa special fondness for Castro because of the Cuban leader‚Äôs efforts to help several African nations, particularly Angola, in their march toward independence decades ago‚ÄĚ (the late Bayard Rustin, a true civil rights champion and architect of the 1963 March on Washington, recognized the Soviet-Cuban rape of Angola as among the most tragic outrages in African history‚Ä¶
‚ÄďMargaret Chin, former spokeswoman for the Maoist Communist Worker‚Äôs Party.
By the end of Bloomberg‚Äôs twelve years in office, it seemed as though everyone had a beef with the Nanny Mayor.
Landlords, tenants, soda-drinkers, salt-lovers, car-owners, even the Hasidim (don‚Äôt ask) were furious with him.
But, as Noonan says of de Blasio‚Äôs Inauguration speech:
What was absent in Mr. de Blasio‚Äôs remarks was a kind of civic courtesy, or grace. The kind that seeks to unite and build from shared strength, the kind that doesn‚Äôt demonize. Instead, from our new mayor we got the snotty sound of us vs. them, of zero-sum politics.
It was not a promising beginning. Or rather what it promises is unfortunate. I already miss Mike.
Pruden ‚Äď Washington Times: Empty promises, warmed-over Marxism seduce NYC
NY Magazine: The Politics of Chiara de Blasio‚Äôs Revelations
Daily Caller: It begins: NYC schools chancellor will push ‚Äėprogressive agenda‚Äô
Henninger ‚Äď WSJ: Bill de Blasio and Civil Rights (article in full can be read via Ruthfully Yours)