On Friday of last week New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo, son of former Gov.
Mario Cuomo and staunch liberal
Democrat like his dad, demonstarted
his snese of political pluralism by
displaying his tolerance for those in
New York with whom he is not at all
politically copacetic. The governor
said that they were not welcome in
the Empire State.
Your faithful Peasant explains:
during a radio interview that day,
Gov. Cuomo was discussing how
Republicans are at odds with each
other, conservatives against moderates
when he made this intemperate statement:
"Their (here Cuomo was referring to
the conservatives) problem is not me
and the Democrats; their problem is
themselves ... Who are they? Are they
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 extreme conservatives,
they have no place in the state of New York,
because that's not who New Yorkers are."
Let's examine the heated and haughty words
of New York's governor, shall we? First, it
is true that there is some infighting in the GOP
between the conservatives in the Reagan wing
and the moderates and liberals in the Rockefeller
wing of the party. This is not the first time
that this has occurred, nor is it anything to be
alarmed about. Such spirited discussions are
healthy for the party, and has generally benefited
Republicans heading into presidential elections.
These set-tos clarify what the party stands for,
making it clear what the party platform offers
to the electorate. Anyway, the Democrats have
certainly had their intraparty disagreements over
the years; remember the 1968 convention in
Chicago? Fighting inside of the convention hall
and worse fighting outside of it.
Second, it is apparent that Gov. Cuomo has a
problem with New Yorkers who are opponents
of abortion-on-demand, who are supporters of
the Second Amendment to the Constitution
which guarantees Americans the right to keep
and bear arms, so-called assault weapons included,
and those who may question the granting of the
same rights to gay people which straight people
have, or at least question how can such rights be
granted to gay people while still having reservations,
be they medical, scientific, or religious, regarding
the legitimacy of their sexual preferences. Being a
good and proper left-winger, the governor reflexively
rails against such notions and those who hold them.
And he certainly pays the proper lip service to the
lefty pieties of pluralism and tolerance; it's just that,
as many lefties often do, Cuomo does not apply
these very pieties to conservatives. As we on the
conservative side of the American political divide
know, the lefties preach one thing while practicing
the opposite, while holding us to the sane standards
that they themselves selectively adhere to, whenever
they adhere to them at all. Additionally, Gov. Cuomo
seems to think that he does not have to be the gov-
ernor of all the people in his state; that he can pick
and choose his constituents, to serve only those whom
he approves of. What an elitist pig!
Third, if your favorite Peasant may be permitted a
slight indelicacy in choice of words, just who the
hell is Gov. Andrew Cuomo to say who is and is
not welcome to reside in and participate in the
political arena of the state of New York? Now,
he did try to leaven his arrogant words in an open
letter to the editor of the New York Post two days
later, however the damage could not be undone;
Cuomo tried to convince New Yorkers that he
was simply stating that a political candidate could
not win in a statewide race in their state with strong
conservative political views. As if either the people
of the state of New York were not paying attention
to the flap, or that they are irrevocably stupid.
Cuomo even said that "it is fine" to be anti-gun
control and anti-choice (on abortion) (!). This is
the kind of game-playing that left-wing politicians
engage in when they try to hoodwink the public,
and it is beyond sickening. Just as far beyond
sickening as they are for preaching pluralism and
tolerance, and respecting people who are different.
Sure, as long as the difference is not political, i.e.
a person who is a conservative rather than a liberal!
And we've seen how our left-wing president whom
we are presently saddled with practices pluralism
and tolerance, setting the IRS and the NSA on Tea
Party groups for daring to question and criticize
His Imperial Presidential Majesty!
And fourth, Andrew Cuomo's dad ran against Ed Koch
for the mayoral office of New York, using a slogan
staright out of Archie Bunker's playbook: "Vote for
Cuomo, not the homo". That's right, Mario Cuomo
tried to make negative political hay out of Ed Koch's
bachelorhood. While Koch never married, there is
no evidence showing the late New York mayor to
have been gay, but that didn't mean anything to
Mario and his son, who had a prominent and visible
role in the former's campaign. So not only is Andrew
Cuomo intolerant of people with opposing political
views, the second generation New York governor
is a raving hypocrite as well.
This is how the Left deals with dissent and dissenters.
This is why there is a Tea Party movement. This is why
conservatives are fighting to take back one major
political party, neutralize the other, and reclaim our
great country. And this is why Andrew Cuomo is unfit
to be governor of his home state, and to hold any
governmental office, appointed or elected. May the
people of the Empire State remember their governor's
divisive, intolerant, and hateful words when he comes
up for re-election.