Other than Chiara de Blasio’s dunce cap and Dante de Blasio’s mangy clothes and urgent need of a haircut, does anyone see something wrong with this picture?
The most obvious answer is that the commie on the right is being sworn in as the Mayor of New York City.
To think I once imagined that anyone at all would be an improvement on the ludicrously power-mad nanny state totalitarian Michael Bloomberg.
At the inauguration, the far left populist demagoguery that got de Blasio elected was laid on heavily:
A pastor [Fred Lucas Jr.] speaking at the ceremony for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday called New York a “plantation,” while entertainer Harry Belafonte denounced New York under Michael Bloomberg as “Dickensian,” while the outgoing mayor sat by, BuzzFeed reports.
Belafonte is best known for traveling the world to denounce America and praise socialist dictatorships. His advice to Obama on how to deal with those who would like to rein in runaway entitlement spending is to “Work like a Third World dictator and just put all these guys in jail.”
Lucas had several additional references to slavery in his short address, citing shackles, bondage, auction blocks, the Emancipation Proclamation, Civil War and Reconstruction Era.
Whitey is going to get his now. Refer to Detroit under Coleman Young for an indication of what happens to cities when the mayor holds this attitude. Detroit never recovered. New York might not either.
After being sworn-in by former President Bill Clinton, the mayor addressed New Yorkers in a speech that used the word “progressive” seven times, mentioned “New York” eight times and invoked the Occupy Wall Street phrase “The One Percent.”
“I know there are those who think that what I said during the campaign was just rhetoric, just political talk in the interest of getting elected. There are some who think now, as we turn to governing – well, things will continue pretty much like they always have,” the new mayor said. “So let me be clear: When I said we would take dead aim at the tale of two cities, I meant it. And we will do it.”
By “two cities,” he is referring to those who work for a living and those who vote for a living. There should be no disparity between their levels of income, according to progressive ideology.
Appropriately, de Blasio was sworn in on a Bible once owned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who did more than any other president (so far even including Obama) to erode the Constitution and move America toward authoritarian collectivism. After the ceremony, the historic Bible went missing. What do you expect from an administration that sold itself in advance as a looting spree? Hours later the Bible reappeared.
The level of class New Yorkers can expect from the de Blasio Administration was indicated by the relentless broadsides delivered against outgoing Mayor Bloomberg as he sat a few feet away. If he were less of an authoritarian, you could feel sorry for the guy.
As with all leftists, the slightest scratch on the populist veneer reveals the control freak statism lurking beneath:
[T]he inauguration, which was touted before-hand as “one of the most open and accessible swearing-in events in New York City history,” also provided a window into how the administration will handle the new crush of attention, with Mr. de Blasio–a former political operative known to be image-conscious–keeping certain aspects of the event tightly controlled.
Along with Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, Andrew Cuomo and the other stars who graced the inauguration stage, various non-political New Yorkers were asked to join them, lending the event an even more populist tinge. Hours before the speeches began, those New Yorkers sat quietly on folding chairs in the City Hall rotunda. But when Politicker approached a man to ask him about how it felt to take part in the inauguration, security quickly circled and demanded the interview end.
Later, when reporters tried to approach volunteers at the event, staffers quickly swooped in, saying the volunteers were barred from talking to the press.
And after Mr. de Blasio’s speech, reporters gathered inside on a carpet awaiting the Clintons were ordered by security guards off the carpet and behind columns where several refused to go. When asked who was inside, a de Blasio aide guarding the entrance was terse.
“Keep wondering,” he offered.
“The People” have spoken.
The reason virtually uniformly Democrat New York hasn’t had a Democrat mayor since the disastrous David Dinkins 20 years ago is that the candidates the Democrat Party runs are so extreme that not even New Yorkers have been nuts enough to vote for them — until now.
On tips from Sean C, Wiggins, Dr. 9, Bob Roberts, and Mickey Shea.