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Painting the Map Red in Manhattan

September 24th, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Sadly, not in the Hugh Hewitt or Red State definition of the idea. From Allahpundit at Hot Air, “Fun new issue in NYC mayoral race: Is the Democratic nominee an actual communist?” We already mentioned Bill de Blasio’s “youthful indiscretions” yesterday; the New York Times writes that looking back on them today, de Blasio’s pretty cool with his radical chic past:

Bill de Blasio, then 26, went to Nicaragua to help distribute food and medicine in the middle of a war between left and right. But he returned with something else entirely: a vision of the possibilities of an unfettered leftist government…

Mr. de Blasio became an ardent supporter of the Nicaraguan revolutionaries. He helped raise funds for the Sandinistas in New York and subscribed to the party’s newspaper, Barricada, or Barricade. When he was asked at a meeting in 1990 about his goals for society, he said he was an advocate of “democratic socialism.”…

In a recent interview, Mr. de Blasio said his views then — and now — represented a mix of admiration for European social democratic movements, Mr. Roosevelt’s New Deal and liberation theology.

Mr. de Blasio remained supportive of the Sandinistas, often referred to by their acronym, F.S.L.N., even after they lost power. “People who had shallow party sympathies with the F.S.L.N. pretty much dropped everything when they lost,” said Jane Guskin, a fellow activist in the solidarity group. “Bill wasn’t like that.”

To which Allahpundit adds:

If New York needs to re-learn a lesson about the glories of having a full-fledged liberal as mayor, it’s fitting that they choose a guy who didn’t learn his own historical lessons. And by the way, just for fun: Obama chose the very day that the Times’s story about de Blasio’s romance with the Sandinistas dropped to endorse him for mayor. They’re meeting tonight in NYC since O’s in town for the UN General Assembly. Exit question: de Blasio/Warren 2020?

During the Woodrow Wilson era, H.L. Mencken quipped, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” (And how.) Or as Ed Koch famously said when asked if he would run for mayorship of New York ever again, after losing to David Dinkins 1989, “No. The people have spoken — and now they must be punished.”

And as with the Dinkins years, they will be once again.

Related: “New York City’s Next Mayor: A Stealth Socialist Who Loved Sandinista Nicaragua and Castro’s Cuba,”  from Ron Radosh.

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I totally support Blasio in governing NYC in accordance with expressed preferences of its voters. I can’t think of better people to be governed by Sandinistas. I certainly wouldn’t wish communism on Nicaragua.

Face up to it: technocracy, the detailed management of subject’s lives as guided by science requires a vast, party-controlled bureaucracy. In the past this has been called fascism or communism, but those are just words for modern politics.
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Post-MTA takeover in 1968 and near-bankruptcy in 1975-76, the mayor of New York is a bit limited in his or her power to totally skrew things up a la John V. Lindsey, but the mayor still has substantial control over the direction of police operations, negotiations with non-transit municipal unions, and the general tone of the city's direction.

De Blasio can't put in his policies and -- if they take New York back to the halcyon days of Lindsay and Dinkins -- try to tell the voters there's nothing that can be done to fix the problem. Only the New York Times' editorial board would believe that whopper (though the Times, with it's new corporate headquarters directly across the street from the Port Authority Bus Terminal -- the Mos Eisley Cantina of bus terminals, when left to its own devices -- may be among the first to feel the effects of any relaxation on crime control by the new mayor).
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"...the Port Authority Bus Terminal -- the Mos Eisley Cantina of bus terminals..."

But exhilarating. Certainly that.

Ah for the days when not knowing if you'd be shanked while distracted by the babbling fellow with the gangrenous leg. Memories.
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Well, the City Council and the courts cover the ground between Jimmy Walker and Che, so...
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Democrat Party, Communist Party, hasn’t been much of a difference since Nunn retired.
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