Mike Bloomberg, Liberal Fascist
That's New York City's nasty little fascist mayor, the ersatz and erstwhile "Republican" who used the party to sneak into Gracie Mansion in the wake of the Giuliani administration's successful war on street crime, and then double-crossed the GOP in his bald-faced but successful attempt to subvert term limits, lecturing David Gregory in his Boston honk that he knows what's best for New Yorkers -- and us.
Yes, it's the Soda Jerk himself, tossing his pint-sized weight around as he attempts to remain politically viable after his reign as the successor to such corrupt and incompetent wretches as Jimmy Walker, William O'Dwyer, Abe Beame and David Dinkins mercifully comes to an end. Let's unpack a little of what the Terror of Tinytown had to say.
We're not banning anything. All we're saying is, we want to show you just how big the cup is. If you want 32 ounces, take two cups to your seat. If you want 64, carry four. But our hope is, if you only take one, you won’t go back.
If you believe that, Bloomberg has a bridge to Brooklyn to sell you. And to which the only proper response -- the one that until New York turned into a city of Upper West Side conformist sheep he would have justly received -- is (to quote Kurt Schlichter) "bite me."
Note how piously the unctuous Nanny Bloomberg claims he's not "banning anything," when in fact that's exactly what he tried to do until a New York state judge drop-kicked his assertion of unfettered government authority and bureaucratic oversight through the goal posts of personal freedom -- a concept that is itself under direct attack by fascists like Bloomberg, who has married his $27 billion personal fortune to his power as NYC mayor in an attempt to impose his will on the residents of the five boroughs and beyond.
Our job is to educate .., all we're trying to do is educate.
No, yer honor, your job is to manage the city government, to make sure the snow gets shoveled and the trash gets picked up, not to lecture the rest of us and use the power of City Hall to impose your particular life-style choices on everybody else. But that's what happens when conservatives let the Left seize the narrative and promote governmental mission creep. Once government "addresses" a problem by throwing taxpayer money at it, it's only a short hop to government claiming -- as Bloomberg does in the clip -- that because government spends money on a "problem," it now has the right to dictate personal behavior. Sheer genius, really.
By now, the notion that government from the feds on down has the "right" to interfere in every aspect of American life is well-established and nearly unquestioned. Two generations of red-diaper babies have grown up with visions of the Frankfurt School dancing in their heads; they've adapted Marxist tactics to the capitalist system in the furtherance of their world-view -- George Soros, take a bow -- but their goal remains the same: power, disguised as "compassion."
The collapse of free societies doesn't start with the Vandals' assault on the gates of Rome. It starts with "reasonable" restrictions on freedom, "carve-outs" and "exemptions" to constitutional principles, "temporary" taxes and suspensions of civil liberties -- all designed to inure the public to the destruction of bedrock guarantees ( i.e. "Congress shall make no law...") in the name of what's good for them.
Gregory asks, "Where's the line? Where is too far for government to go?" Bloomy's comforting answer:
I do not think we should ban most things.
And to think this man still harbors a desire to run for president.
UPDATE: His Bloominess is launching another capitalism-financed regressive assault on the Second Amendment this very day:
[A] $12 million ad blitz targeting senators wavering on gun control will be just the beginning, Mayor Bloomberg warned Sunday.
“I have a responsibility ... to try to make this country safer,” Bloomberg said on “Meet the Press” when asked if he’d spend big-time in next year’s elections to target the National Rifle Association and members of Congress for opposing gun restrictions.
“If I can do that by spending some money, and taking the NRA from being the only voice to being one of the voices, so the public can really understand the issues, then I think my money will be well spent and I think I have an obligation to do that,” he said.