Democratic Party bouncers give voters no choice but to re-elect Gov. Cuomo
"Every place is not Greenwich Village," said Assemblyman Keith Wright, who is also chair of the state's Democratic Party, referring to a lack of support in the rest of New York State as an excuse for why Gov. Andrew Cuomo has failed to roll out any liberal reforms.
- PEOPLE'S EXHIBIT A : Get out your barf bags : Assemblyman Keith Wright pitches Gov. Cuomo to Manhattan progressives (Capital New York)
- PEOPLE'S EXHIBIT B : Don't put your barf bags away, yet : Former Council Speaker Christine Quinn returns, to help Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Gov. Cuomo (Capital New York)
- PEOPLE'S EXHIBIT C : Time for fresh barf bags : Gov. Cuomo huddles with Eric Cantor, Working Families Party, veal pen reformers on watered-down campaign finance machinations (Capital New York)
- PEOPLE'S EXHIBIT D : Forget bags, we need barf barrels : Queens residents fed up with constant corrupt lawmakers (The New York Post)
The ironic thing is that everybody knows where there are concentrations of liberal thought. Gentrification does a very good job of corroding these neighborhoods to disperse like-minded individuals. Dissent almost doesn't exist anymore, and nobody respects autonomy. The last few hold-outs are haggard, and true solidarity has all but shriveled up. After the number that real estate developers have done to the Village, especially the harvesting of St. Vincent's Hospital before the poor corpse had even died, isn't it more true that Mr. Wright's quote should be, "Greenwich Village has become like every place ?"
The hopeful thought would be that activists would realize that going back to fighting for single issues is the fastest way for everybody to lose. Thinking small is a losing way to think. Caring about our own pet issues makes us unprincipled, because it means we are only in this for ourselves and not for all of us. This pressure is real. After all the evidence of corruption coinciding with the Cuomo administration, look at how the only ones practising discipline are Democratic Party "leaders," who want your votes in exchange for more cheap-ass talk. Somebody complained yesterday that there is nobody, who can run against Gov. Cuomo, but that is a lie, because there are other people running against Gov. Cuomo. But people seem to be more impressed with the celebrity of a candidate than with casting a vote for an alternative that involves the slightest bit of taking a chance on a new face. Keeping voters in this place of fear works nicely for incumbents.
If people fail to achieve solidarity and fail to take a chance on someone new, then the only winners here will be Gov. Cuomo, Democratic Party bouncers, and their permanent government operative insiders, who double as big business lobbyists. It's enough to make one barf.