If you would expect any city to turn Communist, it would have to be our largest city, New York. Only two kinds of people live there – the very rich and the very poor. The middle class fled long ago, to be replaced by Asians and Hispanics who were born to Communism and then moved here.
The race for Mayor is going very badly for the Republican candidate Joseph Lhota, as it is going for all Republicans. In New Jersey, many voters have defected to the Independent column because the Republicans sound so much like the Democrats that there is just no choice.
The latest Quinnipiac College poll shows 6-foot-6 Bill DeBlasio leading Lhota 68 to 24. That’s quite a wide margin considering the last Democrat mayor the city elected was David Dinkins, who served from 1990 to 1993, governing over a record crime rate. Lhota predicts New York City is going to return to the bad old days.
So what’s changed in the Big Apple? Very simply, businesses and homeowners have moved out of the city due to high taxes and bad politics, particularly regarding Ground Zero. The statue of Che Guevara in Columbus Circle – “El Che” – was a bad omen for the former New Amsterdam. The city has slowly been divesting itself of its former cultural heritage, a wiping out of history Liberals used to condemn. One instance is the German/Norwegian name of Edenwald in the Bronx. The neighborhood has since been renamed “Mount Eden.” My great-grandmother’s house was in that neighborhood and my mother grew up there. The last time we looked at this neighborhood, in which neighbors kept an eye on the kids to make sure they didn’t litter, her house had barbed wire around it.
DeBlasio is a committed Communist who supported the Sandinistas of Nicaragua during the Reagan years. Born Warren Wilhelm, Jr. in Manhattan, his father, Warren, was of German ancestry and his mother, Maria, of Italian. When he was 8, DeBlasio’s parents divorced. Warren Sr. was an alcoholic veteran of World War II, scarred by the battles in the Pacific. He committed suicide in 1979 while suffering from incurable lung cancer.
Warren Jr. was raised by his mother Maria and his maternal grandparents who were Italian immigrants. In 1983 he legally changed his name to Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm. By the time he appeared on the public stage in 1990, working for the Dinkins Administration, he was using the name Bill de Blasio as he explained he had been called “Bill” or “Billy” in his personal life. He did not legally change over to this new name until 2002, when the discrepancy was noted during an election.
De Blasio received a B.A. from New York University, and a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is a 1981 Harry S. Truman Scholar.
De Blasio’s first job was as part of the Urban Fellows Program, which recruits college graduates for bureaucratic service, for the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice in 1984. In 1987, shortly after completing graduate school at Columbia University, de Blasio was hired to work as a political organizer by the Quixote Center in Maryland. The Quixote Center is a social justice group in Maryland, founded by Catholic priest William R. Callahan in 1972. His activism on behalf of changes in Vatican policy regarding the ordination of women, his ministry to gay Catholics and his activities on behalf of social justice led to his expulsion from the Society of Jesus in 1991, forbidding him to act as a priest.
The Quixote Center achieved prominence in its support of the Sandinista government of Nicaragua in the 1980s. The Center raised more than $100 million in humanitarian aid for the Nicaraguan government. Although the Center did not officially take sides during the revolution in Nicaragua, its work was described by The New York Times as “intensely political” and the aid it sent went largely to assist Sandinista sympathizers. A leader at the Center described U.S. efforts in Nicaragua as a “policy of terrorism.” Some critics accused the Center of following a Marxist agenda and the U.S. Department of the Treasury investigated allegations that the Quixote Center had smuggled guns, but no charges were brought and leaders of the Center described the allegations as politically motivated.
In 1988 de Blasio traveled with the Quixote Center to Nicaragua for 10 day photo-op to help distribute food and medicine during the Nicaraguan Revolution. De Blasio was an ardent supporter of the ruling Sandinista government, which was opposed by the Reagan administration.
After returning from Nicaragua, de Blasio moved to New York City where he worked for a nonprofit organization focused on improving health care in Central America. De Blasio continued to support the Sandinistas in his spare time, joining a group called the Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York, which held meetings and fundraisers for the Sandinista political party. De Blasio’s introduction to City politics came during David Dinkins’ ‘ 1989 mayoral campaign, for which he was a volunteer coordinator. Following the campaign, de Blasio served as an aide in City Hall.
In 1997, he was appointed to serve as the Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (the agency that wants to regionalize New Jersey into one mass of urban rot and decay) in New York and New Jersey under the Clinton administration. As the tri-state region’s highest-ranking HUD official, De Blasio increased federal funding for affordable and senior-citizen housing. In 1999, he was elected a member of Community School Board 15. He was tapped to serve as campaign manager for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s U.S. Senate bid in 2000.
As Public Advocate, de Blasio has repeatedly offered sharp criticism of Mayor Bloomberg’s education policies. He called for Cathie Black, Mayor Bloomberg’s nominee for New York City Schools Chancellor, to take part in public forums, and criticized her for not sending her own children to public schools. In March 2010, he spoke against an MTA proposal to eliminate free MetroCards for students, arguing the measure would take a significant toll on school attendance. Three months later, he voiced opposition to the mayor’s proposed budget containing more than $34 million in cuts to childcare services.
In June 2011, de Blasio outlined a plan to improve the process of school co-location, by which multiple schools are housed in one building. His study found community input was often ignored by the Mayor’s Department of Education, resulting in top-down decisions made without sufficient regard for negative impact. He outlined eight solutions to improve the process and incorporate community opinion into the decision-making process. The same month, he also criticized a proposal by the Bloomberg administration to fire more than 4,600 teachers to balance the city’s budget, organizing parents and communities against the proposed cuts, and staging a last minute call-a-thon. Bloomberg restored the funding, agreeing to find savings elsewhere in the budget.
During his mayoral campaign, de Blasio has outlined a plan to raise taxes on residents earning over $500,000 a year in order to pay for universal pre-kindergarten programs and to expand after-school programs at middle schools. He also plans to invest $150 million annually into the City University of New York in order to lower tuition and to improve degree programs. If memory serves, CUNY students don’t pay tuition, or at least they didn’t in the past. That was supposed to be the point of City College – free tuition. City College was Ground Zero for Communist indoctrination of future teachers back in the 1930s.
In September 2013, de Blasio voiced his opposition to charter schools, maintaining that their funding saps resources from after-school programs and classes like art and physical education. He outlined a plan to discontinue the policy of offering rent-free space to the city’s 183 charter schools and to place a moratorium on the co-location of charters schools in public school buildings.
“I won’t favor charters,” says de Blasio. “Our central focus is traditional public schools.” In October 2013, nearly 20,000 demonstrators marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest de Blasio’s proposal to charge rent to charter schools.
In June 2010, de Blasio voiced his opposition to an NYC Housing Authority decision to cut the number of Section 8 vouchers issued to low-income New Yorkers. The cut was announced after the NYCHA discovered it could not pay for approximately 2,600 vouchers that had already been issued. The Housing Authority reversed its decision a month later.
Two months later, he launched an online “NYC’s Worst Landlords Watch list” to track landlords who failed to repair dangerous living conditions. The list drew widespread media coverage, and highlighted hundreds of landlords across the city.
“We want these landlords to feel like they’re being watched”, de Blasio told the Daily News. “We need to shine a light on these folks to shame them into action.”
De Blasio has been a vocal opponent of Citizens United, the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision which overturned portions of the 2002 McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. DeBlasio was right, although for the wrong reasons. He argued that “corporations should not be allowed to buy elections,” [but it’s quite all right for politicians to do so] and launched a national campaign of elected officials to reverse the effects of the court decision.
Well, if he could launch “a national campaign of elected officials to reverse the effects of” that court decision, perhaps the Tea Party can launch a national campaign of elected officials to reverse the effects of the recent Supreme Court decision making it illegal for states to prevent illegal aliens from voting. The Media has been so busy focusing on Ted Cruz, the debt ceiling, and other business, that this unconstitutional decision flew right under our radar.
New York City’s population, according to the 2010 census is 44 percent white, 25.5 percent Black, 28.6 percent Hispanic, and 12.7 percent Asian. The Black and Hispanic populations decreased slightly but the Asian population has grown. There was no comparison in the available census data on Wikipedia to tell how much the white population declined, but it is clearly in the minority versus the so-called minority populations which account for 66.8 percent of New York’s population.
Minority populations, statues of Communist leaders, and the renaming of neighborhoods, streets, and mayors does not bode well for the city of New York. That’s what used to happen when ancient cities were taken over by warring vandals. Statues and landmarks were destroyed, the resident populations murdered or driven off, and street and parks renamed. New York City was once New Amsterdam. The Hudson River, up until the 20th Century, was the North River. The Triboro Bridge has been renamed after Robert F. Kennedy, a carpet-bagging native of Massachusetts who managed to gain a senatorial seat in New York. A mosque has been built on the ruins of a building destroyed by a piece of one of the 9/11 planes.
New York City is the model Progressive city. In the early 20th century, the administrators nullified all the small towns on its eastern and southern borders, swallowing them up for their land and taxes to support the Progressive agenda.
Ultimately, NYC has its sites, believe it or not, on New Jersey. The only obstacle is the state border line between New York and New Jersey. The Communists will cross that river (the Hudson) when they come to it, and probably rename the bridge after Barack Obama. Meanwhile, they have to get their first Communist mayor elected and inaugurated.
Having taxed away the Middle Class, that should prove no great difficulty.