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Ron Radosh

The Dangers of a De Blasio Victory in New York City’s Mayoral Race

September 27th, 2013 - 4:47 pm

As the mayoral campaign of Bill de Blasio moves on, the revelation that the likely victor was a Sandinista supporter as a young man in the 1980s has begun to be noticed. It made de Blasio actually have to respond to his Republican opponent, Joe Lhota, who had condemned him as a “Marxist.” But instead of saying something to the effect that he was young, idealistic, and perhaps wrong about Nicaragua, he openly defended his positions.

In an interview with Capital, a Manhattan-based publication, de Blasio argued that U.S. policies in Central America in the ’80s “were wrong,” and that he was only working with Jesuits and Catholics, with much of the work “done by nuns.” Well, there are nuns and then there are nuns. And de Blasio, by his own account, thinks he was on the right side, since those supported by the U.S. in the Reagan and Bush 41 years were regimes “very unfair to their own people.”

In standing firm in defense of his old positions, de Blasio has revealed how little he has learned.  The truth is that the Catholics he supported in Nicaragua — including the nuns — were part of the regime-created “Popular Church,” an attempt to fuse Catholicism with Marxism in support of the Sandinista Front (FSLN), and were advocates of “liberation theology,” popular among the Catholic left in the region in those years. The regular Church, as in Poland, condemned the Sandinistas and was a strong opponent of the drift to totalitarianism.

Today, in City Journal, my old friend Sol Stern has perhaps the single best article on what a de Blasio victory might mean for New York City, and for the nation.  As Stern writes, “Bill de Blasio was outed by the New York Times and then proudly stood his ground, politically and ideologically”:

De Blasio’s untroubled response to the Times’s revelations speaks volumes about New York’s rapidly changing political culture. It’s not that the next mayor will try to establish socialism or bring Sandinista ideas about the class struggle to government agencies. But de Blasio’s ascendency, perhaps even more than Obama’s, marks another step in the evolution of the Democratic party and big-city liberalism toward a twenty-first-century version of the old Popular Front. De Blasio’s City Hall will be open for business to each element of a self-styled “progressive” coalition of “inclusion.” No group or individual will be deemed too far to the left as long as they jump on the de Blasio bandwagon. Lining up to receive their fair share of the spoils will be the old Acorn organization, now renamed New York Communities for Change; the far-left Working Families Party; the United Federation of Teachers and other municipal unions; the radical Service Employees International Union, including the former Communist-led health-care workers’ union Local 1199; the civil liberties and homeless lobbies; and, of course, the onetime racial arsonist Al Sharpton, now posing as a wise elder and political power broker. To varying degrees, each will have a place at the municipal trough. Meanwhile, at the other end of City Hall—thanks to the successful efforts of the Working Families Party in many local races this year—the newly elected city council will tilt further left and will dole out even more cash to radical and activist community groups.”

Given that New York City is the financial center of our country, and hence important nationally, if the dark scenario laid out by Stern as a possible result of a de Blasio victory comes true, it bodes ill for our country as a whole. It is as important a development on the Left as was Scott Walker’s victory over the Left in Wisconsin.

To confirm how much the national Left is moving to support the de Blasio campaign, look no further than this article at Huffington Post by the New Left’s main 1960s leader and author of the Port Huron Statement that announced SDS to the nation, Tom Hayden. He likes de Blasio for one reason. His candidacy, Hayden writes, “should hugely excite the progressive base in New York politics after a long period of Republican rule. De Blasio did not leave his radical youth behind either; in the present day, he is a leading critic of stop-and-frisk and the massive economic inequalities dramatized by Occupy Wall Street.”

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Diana West's book, "American Betrayal", is as convincing as it is well researched.
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de Blasio is no more radical than our president, who enjoys strong support in NYC. They will elect him and get what they deserve.
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NYC, Detroit here we come!
28 weeks ago
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NYC is funded by the finance industry. That's where their tax revenue comes from: Investment Banks: local, regional and international banks: hedge funds, etc. The people who run these companies are not Marxists. What if they just waltz out of NYC and set up in CT, NJ or elsewhere? Fun to watch this unfold.

In the meantime I gave $'s to my Harvard Business School section mate, Joe Lhota and I live in Montana.

Like others here I see NYC electing this idiot instead of Lhota and it merely reflects what I felt back in 1966 when I left my hometown of NYC to join the military. I had no intention of ever going back to NYC and glad I didn't.
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As far as Detroit is concerned, I believe the best move would be to open the city to homesteading. Let anyone who wants to claim a chunk of the city to do so and gain title to it after a few years of improvements and showing they can protect it.

But I think people are missing a bet on New York. Electing de Blasio could be great! Just think back to all the great movies that were made in or about New York in the '70s. We could be headed for another Golden Age of film making. I added some other thoughts here: http://www.larryagrant.com/?q=node/32
28 weeks ago
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Diana West's book, "American Betrayal", is as convincing as it is well researched.
28 weeks ago
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And we care about New York why? We don't care about Detroit, except to use it as an example of everything gone wrong, and we don't care about Chicago because only libs live there. In fact we don't care about most major cities in our country because libs live in those places. Sure cities generate an incredible amount of wealth and culture, but we'd all be better off in suburbia, or exurbia, or even hunkered down out on the plains (as long as we can get high speed internet access). To heck with cities. Let them elect DiBlasio, and all of his talk about "fairness", it will only hasten their downfall.
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Because every time the Leftist Democrats (but I repeat myself) run another city into the ground, the idiot Democrat in the White House soils himself in his haste to use federal tax dollars to bail them out, that's why.
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Not without the idiot king in Washington throwing our tax dollars into the cess pit Detroit has become.
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I think Detroit has already fallen down and can't get up.
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It appears ,that the communists are indeed winning by rotting from within. The alternative to the candidates for mayor weren't that appetizing. Maybe the sexter was thrown in and stayed in as a red herring. My grandaughter just graduated from Fordham and used to talk about feeling safe there. guess I'm glad she finished when she did.
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First off, the city is now full of people who don't remember how bad it was before Guiliani was elected. They gotten used to clean, safe streets, and take it as a given. They will quickly learn, when the 70's come back with a vengeance. Most importantly, it's no longer necessary for financial businesses to center themselves in NYC, they could move tomorrow to somewhere friendlier. And the left should understand what's at stake here. If they pull another Detroit, and collapse the greatest city in the nation; they are through as a political force. No one will trust them with a lemonade stand.
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The 70's will come back to the NY metro area with a vengeance. I remember growing up there that whole sections of the NJ waterfront were considered anarchic. The NYPD would post an officer at the entrance to Central Park closest to Columbia University and warn people not to enter, as they could not guarantee their safety. Parts of the South Bronx were so dangerous, the cops would not go there. The whole city was a cesspool of corruption, violent crime, drug abuse and litter.
I doubt NY'ers or their counterparts in the metro area will figure out what to do in just 1 term for DeBlasio. Their agony will likely last a full decade or more before they wake up.
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