Emperor Cuomo’s Empire Statement

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo set a new low for state tourism slogans.  According to the Albany Times-Union, he spoke with Susan Arbetter on the New York Public Broadcasting radio show “The Capitol Pressroom,” about division within the state’s GOP.  He compared the rift to legislative gridlock in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a mirror of what’s going on in Washington,” he said. “The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans. It’s more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans.”

And then he told “extreme” Republicans that they were unwelcome in New York State.

“Who are they?” the governor asked. “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.”

Who is Gov. Cuomo to say who may live in, enter, or merely pass through the Empire State?  Has he taken the state nickname too seriously and declared himself Emperor of New York.  Start spreading the news, you Conservatives are leaving today?

I’m a native New Yorker; I was born in Yonkers.  My older brother was born in Mount Vernon, and my parents were both born in the Bronx, which is about as “New York” as you can get.  We left New York in 1959 because the state was already becoming unfriendly to middle class Conservatives.  Westchester County was becoming gentrified.  Only two classes could live there:  the wealthy class and the welfare class.  Westchester’s taxes were incredibly high, even for 1959.

My parents were obviously pro-life and pro-family; they had us, after all, and our younger brother as well, who’s a Jersey Boy.  My father had a permit to carry a gun because of his job as a security guard.  One day, there was a brouhaha.  Some woman, seeing what a cute toddler my older brother was, decided to get up close and personal.  She didn’t see our family dog, Brownie, under the lawn chair.  Brownie’s keen eyes followed the woman’s hand and when Brownie decided the woman had gotten close enough to Brother B, her jaws snapped.

Brownie didn’t bite the woman.  However, it was a close call.  Soon the woman’s husband came out of the house, yelling and carrying on.  An off-duty copy himself, he declared he was going to get his gun and shoot Brownie on the spot.  My father tried to reason with him.

“I have a gun, too,” Dad said.  “What are we going to do?  Shoot it out right here in the parking lot?  Why don’t we just settle this like reasonable men?  My dog only snapped at your wife because she doesn’t know her and she got too close to the baby.”

The man heard nothing beyond “I have a gun.”  The next thing they knew, my parents were in court for allegedly threatening the other couple with violence.  Reason won the day, however.  The man blustered, the woman shrieked, while my college-educated parents explained the matter to the judge quietly.  The upshot was that the judge threatened the other man with revoking his gun permit if he ever threatened anyone with his gun again.

Not long afterwards, we left New York for equally liberal California.  Mom missed New York.  She missed her days as a reporter in the City and Westchester.  She missed the museums and the theater, and the great New York City Public Library.  But my parents didn’t miss the crime, the taxes, or the progressive politics.

Conservative residents and businesses have been leaving New York City by the droves since 9/11.  Many companies moved their back offices across the Hudson to Jersey City, although the taxes here are no better.  In the last ten years or so, wealthy residents and businesses have been leaving New Jersey in droves as well, despite the state having a Republican governor.  A Republican governor isn’t much good if you have some of the nation’s worst blighted cities within your borders and a Democrat legislature to keep them that way.

Not only was I born in New York, but worked in the City for a time.  I was glad to get away finally.  Every day when I emerged from the train tunnel, and eventually from the Lincoln Tunnel, I felt a tremendous relief.  Later, because I knew the city so well, I was elected to go into the City to photograph company events in the evenings.  I went to only the best hotels:  the Hilton, the Marriott, even the Waldorf-Astoria.

But, Gov. Cuomo, I wouldn’t trade any of them for the good ol’ Galaxy Diner on Rt. 23.  Only the very wealthy can afford to live in your city, or dine there, or go to the theater.  Thanks to Rudolph Giuliani, the streets are much safer than they were.  But with you and Mayor DiBlasio in charge, that probably won’t last for long.

What hypocrisy to order the lucky living out of your city because they believe in defending life, within the womb or out of it.  No one wants to see the Sodomy Laws restored (take note, Glenn Beck:  they were ruled unconstitutional back in the Sixties).  Conservatives even then felt it was wrong to arrest someone for doing something that didn’t hurt anyone in their own homes.

We aren’t anti-gay; we’re anti-gay marriage.  We have a little problem with forcing the clergy to perform gay marriage ceremonies or for anyone in the wedding industry to cater to them against their religious beliefs.  “Discriminating” against gay marriage isn’t quite the same as discriminating against someone for their skin color, religious beliefs, nationality or ethnicity.  A gay couple can always find a willing pastor somewhere or a justice of the peace.  To ask a clergy, or someone in the wedding industry, to perform a service directly related to the act of a homosexual marriage, is the height of unconstitutionality.  They shouldn’t be legally compelled to marry a homosexual couple any more than they should be forced to legitimize bigamy or polygamy.

Glenn Beck should know that the high school teacher from 1962 (not 1961; according to the screen behind him read “1962”) was factually correct.  In those days, homosexuals could be arrested, right out of their homes, for sodomy.  The law was wrong, but the teacher was right, at least by the book at the time.  Since then, homosexuals have been given back their civil right to live with and love whom they please.  The Bible says what they’re doing is a sin.  That’s God’s problem, not ours.  Jesus would not want them stoned, I would guess, but neither would he want one of his disciples to be legally forced to perform the marriage ceremony for them (though Christ might want the pastor to pray for their souls).  Or bake a cake to celebrate the occasion.

As for Gov. Cuomo’s edict that Conservatives are not welcome in his state (a command which he has since retracted):  I love New York.  But I’m sure glad I live in New Jersey, although I’d much rather live in a Conservative state and probably will someday.





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