Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on January 2, 2014 by Allahpundit

We all knew we were in for something completely different when the inauguration of self-described “progressive” Bill de Blasio as New York’s mayor began with a keynote from pro-Communist activist Harry Belafonte

“We will be no longer a divided city,” he proclaimed as he compared today’s New York to a “Dickensian” nightmare, as departing mayor Mike Bloomberg looked on stone-faced. “We can become America’s DNA for the future.”…

The speeches finally over, the crowd went into City Hall to celebrate the arrival of the New Progressivism. I noted that Bertha Lewis, the former national head of the scandal-ridden ACORN “community-organizing” group, was an honored guest. Last fall, the New York Post reported that, according to a Democratic insider, ACORN had long sought to put de Blasio into the mayor’s office. “Without exaggeration, ACORN’s long-range plan since 2001 was to elect de Blasio mayor,” the insider said. “De Blasio was a big ACORN project.”

***

Broadway star Patina Miller sang a wistful version of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” crowing: “Imagine no possessions. I wonder if you can.”

“The people are back in power,” the actress Susan Sarandon said ahead of the ceremony on the steps of City Hall Wednesday.

***

“We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love,” [Bill de Blasio] said in his inauguration speech. He called to mind the Occupy Wall Street movement, saying he would expand community health centers “so that New Yorkers see our city not as the exclusive domain of the One Percent, but a place where everyday people can afford to live, work, and raise a family.”

The unabashedly liberal tone of de Blasio’s inauguration was notable not just for the politics it forecasts, but for what it seems to say about how he intends to lead. While some politicians choose an open-arms approach to the start of their tenure (recall President Obama’s 2008 victory speech, when he said to conservatives “I will be your president, too”), de Blasio’s message was stridently liberal. He appears unafraid to anger his opposition, unabashed at being at the center of a resurgent liberal movement, and fairly uncompromising in his positions.

“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,” de Blasio said in his speech. “So let me be clear. When I said we would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it.”

***

After that low point, the grim tone was echoed by speaker after speaker, from Public Advocate Letitia James to a youth poet laureate who pitted people in brownstones (many of whom live down the street from de Blasio) against people with brown skin.

In their eyes, the New York of today is not just a place where many people struggle mightily to make ends meet — of course it is — but a giant gladiator arena where wealthy people in glittering suites watch and laugh while the less fortunate fight to the death for scraps

Bloomberg may personally have worn out his welcome in his third term, but many of us — half, if you believe polls — think the city is on the right track.

Hardly anyone spoke for us Wednesday.

***

Mayor Bill de Blasio today defended the controversial comments made by many of his inauguration speakers, including one cleric who described New York City as a “plantation.”

“I am very comfortable with everyone’s remarks yesterday and I think the ceremony represented the positive aspiration of New Yorkers for a more just city,” he told reporters today after swearing in his new Police Commissioner, Bill Bratton, at a ceremony at 1 Police Plaza.

Many of the speakers at Mr. de Blasio’s event yesterday, including civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, Rev. Fred Lucas Jr. and Public Advocate Tish James, raised eyebrows for portraying the city in what many observers described as divisive terms. “Let the plantation called New York City be the city of God,” Mr. Lucas invoked, for example.

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[H]e did in his inauguration what Obama didn’t: He promised to stay true to his detailed and ideological agenda…

A de Blasio aide dismissed the idea that his inauguration was shadowed by Obama’s, or by the common progressive critique of Obama’s first term — that he lost his base, and gained little, by reaching to the center, and that he tried to court rather than forcing compromise.

But the inauguration sent that clear signal: de Blasio will demand, not request, the support of his natural enemies — the finance industry; some real estate developers; veterans of the Bloomberg administration.

***

For a long time, the American conversation has been terribly distorted because an active, uncompromising political right has not had to face a comparably influential left. As a result, our entire debate has been dragged in a conservative direction, meaning that the center has been pulled that way, too…

[T]he new militancy on the Democratic left is a consequence of a slowly building backlash against the skewed nature of our politics. A dramatic manifestation of this sentiment was New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s unabashed attack on inequality in his inaugural address Wednesday…

More generally, the Democratic left is animated by the battle against growing inequality and declining social mobility — the idea, as Warren has said repeatedly, that “the system is rigged for powerful interests and against working families.” She and her allies are not anti-capitalist. Their goal is to reform the system so it spreads its benefits more widely. Warren has argued that everything she’s done on behalf of financial reform has, in fact, been designed to make markets work better.

The resurgent progressives are battling a double standard. They are asking why it is that “populism” is a good thing when it’s invoked by the tea party against “liberal elites” but suddenly a bad thing when it describes efforts to raise the minimum wage and take other steps toward a fairer system of economic rewards.

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One is that the liberal movement suddenly has a pair of emerging stars who sit in positions of immense power. That was not the case as recently as 2012.

Secondly, liberals now face some key tests as a result of their newfound strength…

De Blasio will not only be closely watched in New York. Being mayor means drawing a national spotlight that most governors will never even experience. His swearing-in means the platform that the left has embraced, even outside the boundaries of the Big Apple, will be put to the test in a major way.

If his agenda proves popular, it will mean good news for the liberal movement more broadly. If not, then it’ll be bad news for liberals — even those who reside outside the five boroughs.

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De Blasio has become a beacon to those in the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, who have often been disappointed by or disillusioned with President Obama and what he has done and not done in office. The progressives see few political leaders on the left — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is one exception — willing to give voice to their agenda. All that would be enough to lend significance to Wednesday’s swearing-in. But it was the added presence of the former president and former secretary of state that gave it significance beyond the city’s boundaries…

At some point, should she run, Hillary Clinton, who did not speak publicly at the ceremonies, will have to sort all this out. She will be asked to explain more precisely where she stands on issues of income inequality, economic growth, spending, taxes, entitlements and the trade-offs that will face the next president.

Will she be able to be true to the New Democrat ideals that brought her husband to power and also accommodate the energy pulsing through the party’s progressive wing? The answers should begin to come later this year, as she nears a decision about whether to run.

***

Of course, I know that our progressive vision isn’t universally shared. Some on the far right continue to preach the virtue of trickle-down economics. They believe that the way to move forward is to give more to the most fortunate, and that somehow the benefits will work their way down to everyone else. They sell their approach as the path of “rugged individualism.”

But Fiorello La Guardia — the man I consider to be the greatest Mayor this city has ever known — put it best. He said: “I, too, admire the ‘rugged individual,’ but no ‘rugged individual’ can survive in the midst of collective starvation.”

***

“A lot of times, inaugurals are times when people, when presidents, or mayors, or governors can reach out to critics, reach out to those who maybe didn’t vote for him,” Tapper added. “This was not that.”


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OC..Such heartbreaking news…gentle hugs for you and the family..Heaven has a new Angel…Rest In Peace…

Xango Annie on January 2, 2014 at 11:36 PM

OmahaConservative on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 PM

That must have been terrible for your sister.

Prayers are going up for you and your family.

Solaratov on January 2, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Sorry for your loss, OC… So young… prayers, brother…

PointnClick on January 2, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Not sure why I was moderated… Let’s try again.

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PointnClick on January 2, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Did you see he’s banning the horse drawn carriages in Central Park. Fine Mayor you got there NY.

gophergirl on January 2, 2014 at 9:18 PM

de Blasio says it’s for “humane” reasons, but I found a couple of comments at View From The Porch that go a bit further…

Aaron said…

Any bets that the whole thing is being made an urgent issue so the stables can be sold to some connected real estate developer?

Got to reward those campaign supporters quickly, after all.

If you can make your liberal supporters feel smug and paint yourself as a humanitarian by being “kind” to animals while doing it, well, so much the better.

2:53 PM, January 02, 2014

followed shortly by….

acairfearann.com said…

Aaron,
no bet
The developer in question is purported to be Edison properties. The CEO is a Mr. Nislick who also is a founder of NYCLASS, the ‘animal rights’ group which is the main driver for the shutdown. NYC politics = Follow the money.

3:26 PM, January 02, 2014

Good ol’ democRATs gettin’ off on the right foot.

Solaratov on January 2, 2014 at 11:45 PM

thanks for all the prayers. I have no idea how we go from here… OmahaConservative on January 2, 2014 at 11:26pm

There’s plenty more where those came from.

Hang tough.

Friend of mines family went through the same thing. Around the same age. It was my friend.

One of the nicest guys I ever met.

In short order we decided God wanted him home.

No other explaination.

wolly4321 on January 2, 2014 at 11:47 PM

For some light reading:

New Scientific study: Dogs align their bodies along a North-South axis when they poop

The researchers measured the direction of the body axis of 70 different dogs while they were off-leash during 1,893 acts of defecation and 5,582 acts of urination over a two-year period. They found that, under calm magnetic field conditions, dogs prefer to orient their bodies along the North-South axis when they poop.

kcewa on January 2, 2014 at 11:51 PM

OmahaConservative on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Indeed.

Jaibones on January 2, 2014 at 11:51 PM

OmahaConservative on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Healing Beams. Know a couple of people who have had to go thru the same thing, and to their credit they know that it’s something that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

But the experience does make them stronger.

Del Dolemonte on January 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM

But Fiorello La Guardia — the man I consider to be the greatest Mayor this city has ever known — put it best. He said: “I, too, admire the ‘rugged individual,’ but no ‘rugged individual’ can survive in the midst of collective starvation.”

That’s truly funny, because the entire history of the implementation of progressive ideas shows an inevitable devolution into both a physical and intellectual collective starvation.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 3, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on January 3, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Hi. Mr. D.

SparkPlug on January 3, 2014 at 12:13 AM

OmahaConservative on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Thoughts and prayers for you, your sister and your family..

Dire Straits on January 3, 2014 at 12:14 AM

SparkPlug on January 3, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on January 3, 2014 at 12:16 AM

The Big Apple is going to wish they had that dude Anthony who was showing his wiener to chicks on twitter instead of this “community organizer”..:)

Dire Straits on January 3, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Saddened to hear of your loss OC…May God keep you and yours close to him during this difficult time.

workingclass artist on January 3, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Democrats destroy. It’s what they do.

SparkPlug on January 3, 2014 at 12:22 AM

OmahaConservative on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 PM

I am so sorry I missed this earlier and even more sorry for your family’s loss. Prayers already in motion for your sister and all of you.

You later asked how do you go on? You just do — life is forever changed because of what has happened – no question, but remember he is in a state of love and light with God that is so wonderful we can’t even begin to imagine it…

dpduq on January 3, 2014 at 12:23 AM

SparkPlug on January 3, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Wasn’t Susan Sarandon the first person to “twerk”??..I thought she did it in Rocky Horror Picture Show..:)

Dire Straits on January 3, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Hello???..:)

Dire Straits on January 3, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Communists elect other communists, what is the surprise? NYC is going to be a very dead city in 5 years.

nobar on January 3, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Last.

Murphy9 on January 3, 2014 at 1:06 AM

nope

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 3, 2014 at 1:17 AM

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kcewa on January 3, 2014 at 1:20 AM

OC, Prayers for you and your family. I’m sorry for your loss. That’s just terrible for someone that young.

trigon on January 3, 2014 at 2:07 AM

Dire Straits was here..:)

Dire Straits on January 3, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Ah, poor progressive idealist. The ending of this experiment is wholly predictable. The money will leave and only the extremely rich and very poor will populate NYC. Tale of two cities!!!

it’s such a shame that a capitalist country can’t leverage its capitalism in it’s purist sense because its population too so ignorant of how its own economic system operates – they have no clue how to leverage it potential.

Im sure Mr Mayor will have as much success in wiping out inequality as the previous trillions of dollars spent have….

rickyricardo on January 3, 2014 at 3:00 AM

My sister Merrilee found her 37 year old son dead today on his couch. Please keep her and Tom in your prayers. He has had the flu and was vomiting…

OmahaConservative on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 PM

I’m so sorry for you and your family, what a harsh thing to happen. My condolences.

Lourdes on January 3, 2014 at 4:53 AM

no whining new york…you wanted him, you got him….

allah, i feel for you though…

cmsinaz on January 3, 2014 at 5:33 AM

OmahaConservative on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 PM

OC, so very sorry for your loss….

cmsinaz on January 3, 2014 at 5:34 AM

msdnc is praising the illegal immigrant who got his law license….

cmsinaz on January 3, 2014 at 5:38 AM

Yes, OC. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. There are no words for such a tragedy.

esr1951 on January 3, 2014 at 5:48 AM

OmahaConservative on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Rest in peace. Please accept my sympathies.

NavyMustang on January 3, 2014 at 5:50 AM

OC, Prayers Ascending for you and your family, my brother.

As far as this citizen is concerned, the decision to commit men and women, who are also sons and daughters, to combat is an extraordinarily important one, and not to be done to just feel good; to be done to absolutely accomplish a mission.

- Richard Armitage

My take: “More Than Half of Female Marine Recruits Can’t Pass Their Annual Physical Fitness Test”

kingsjester on January 3, 2014 at 6:50 AM

“The people are back in power.”

Well. What kind of people?

Parasites on steroids.

BigAlSouth on January 3, 2014 at 7:04 AM

More than half of female Marines in boot camp can’t do three pullups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement,

…is there anything that doesn’t get delayed in some manner…concerning decisions made…. from the clowns we have in office?

KOOLAID2 on January 3, 2014 at 8:04 AM

New York’s mayor began with a keynote from pro-Communist activist Harry Belafonte

“Day-O (The Banana Republic Song)”

Day-o, day-o
Daylight come and the tax man come
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day
Me say day, me say day-o
Daylight come and the tax man come

Work all night on a drink of rum
Daylight come and the tax man come
Stack banana till de morning come
Daylight come and the tax man come

Come, Mister Commie mayor, tally me banana
Daylight come and the tax man come
Come, Mister Commie mayor, tally me banana
Daylight come and the tax man come

Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
Daylight come and the tax man come
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
Daylight come and the tax man come

Day, me say day-o
Daylight come and the tax man come
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day
Daylight come and the tax man come

A beautiful bunch o’ ripe banana
Daylight come and the tax man come
Hide the deadly black tarantula
Daylight come and the tax man come

Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
Daylight come and the tax man come
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
Daylight come and the tax man come

Day, me say day-o
Daylight come and the tax man come
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day…
Daylight come and the tax man come

Come, Mister Commie mayor, tally me banana
Daylight come and the tax man come
Come, Mister Commie mayor, tally me banana
Daylight come and the tax man come

Day-o, day-o
Daylight come and the tax man come
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day
Me say day, me say day-o
Daylight come and the tax man come

steebo77 on January 3, 2014 at 8:04 AM

“Isn’t it time that we end income inequality? Isn’t it time that we do better for the poor in America? Isn’t it time for a new dawn of Progress in this once great land? Cannot we do better America? Stand with me and fight for those that cannot fight on their own, Stand with me and take on the powers of the wealthy and the exclusive, stand with me and take America away from those that sip the wine of indifference to their fellow man. Stand with me for equality for all, justice for every heart and a fair shot at a better life. Stand with me and MOVE this nation forward.”

It’s coming…………NO……….it’s here.

Obama 2.0 is being rolled out.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-01-02/biggest-redistribution-wealth-middle-class-and-poor-rich-ever-explained

PappyD61 on January 3, 2014 at 8:17 AM

It’s ironic that in 1963 Kennedy was assassinated by a person that had a belief system very similar to that of Bill de Blasio, elected Mayor of New York City in 2013. This is the Long March of the Democrats.

claudius on January 3, 2014 at 8:56 AM

The police, firefighters, and teachers unions (indeed about 150 bargaining units)
are all working under expired contracts. Welcome to the big time mayor de Blahzio.

diogenes on January 3, 2014 at 9:03 AM

I think this is going to be great to watch…. pass the popcorn. Another Detroit!

ultracon on January 3, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Broadway star Patina Miller sang a wistful version of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” crowing: “Imagine no possessions. I wonder if you can.”

Does that include your brand new Audi and your Manhattan townhouse?

rrpjr on January 3, 2014 at 9:25 AM

That DeBlasio had the rabid, hate filled, communist, Harry Belafonte speak, says volumes about where NYC is headed. Good luck NYC, you’re going to need it.

kjatexas on January 3, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I’m wondering, if DeBlasio is now going to rescind all NYC pistol permits.

kjatexas on January 3, 2014 at 10:18 AM

“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,” de Blasio said in his speech. “So let me be clear. When I said we would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it.”

DeBlasio–giving New York City the Dickens. Or maybe the Dinkins.

Steve Z on January 3, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Embrace the suck NYC.

neyney on January 3, 2014 at 10:32 AM

The researchers measured the direction of the body axis of 70 different dogs while they were off-leash during 1,893 acts of defecation and 5,582 acts of urination over a two-year period. They found that, under calm magnetic field conditions, dogs prefer to orient their bodies along the North-South axis when they poop.

kcewa on January 2, 2014 at 11:51 PM

So, if we want to get back on-topic, could somebody hold DeBlasio down at the south end of a big dog?

Steve Z on January 3, 2014 at 10:37 AM

“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,” de Blasio said in his speech. “So let me be clear. When I said we would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it.”

I agree. Within two years it will one massive swill pit.

rrpjr on January 3, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Nice to see the Left finally taking of its moderate mask. Of course, when de Blasio’s neo-Marxist policies fail (as such policies always do) and New York disintegrates into crime-ridden chaos and corruption, those evil right-wing wreckers on Wall Street will be there to take the blame.

troyriser_gopftw on January 3, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Boy oh boy, is Allah going to have fun!

Cindy Munford on January 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Of course, when de Blasio’s neo-Marxist policies fail (as such policies always do) and New York disintegrates into crime-ridden chaos and corruption, those evil right-wing wreckers on Wall Street will be there to take the blame.

troyriser_gopftw on January 3, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Correct. The fail will be epic. But as in all cases the Left will not own up to the failure. The reasons for the failure will be that they didn’t have enough control to implement their ideas, that “powerful big money interests” thwarted them behind the scenes, that the evil white male status-quo defending patriarchy still controls the system and only MORE radicalism will ever change anything, etc. The end is always totalitarianism — the total control of EVERYTHING. Because when that fails, no one can speak up and complain so it doesn’t matter.

rrpjr on January 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

OC, my sincere condolences on your loss. God bless your family.

Schadenfreude on January 3, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Bertha Lewis, the former national head of the scandal-ridden ACORN “community-organizing” group, was an honored guest.

I am WAY late to this post, but still I wanted to add this…

There may not be a direct connection between Democrats and the Communist Party USA, but there is an indirect connection via the Working Families Party.

First, let’s show an example of how the Communist Party treats the Working Families Party “as family”:

Remember the president of NY NOW telling us she wanted to see lots of red flags at the March for Womens Lives. And the chair of ACORN and Working Families Party who called upon us as family to make our contribution known. Did we respond? YES, we responded!

- From: The Communist Party USA and the 2004 Elections: Build the Party, Build the Coalitions

Note well that “the chair of ACORN and Working Families Party who called upon” the Communist Party was Bertha Lewis, who was both Chief Executive Officer and Chief Organizer of ACORN, as well as a founding Co-Chair of the New York Working Families Party.

So, when Bertha Lewis, chair of ACORN and Working Families Party, called upon the Communist Party “as family” to make their “contribution” known, the Communist Party responded enthusiastically.

[Sidebar: Say, wasn't Obama an attorney for ACORN at one point?]

So, we have a connection from the Communist Party to the Working Families Party.

Now, do we have a connection from the Working Families Party to Democrats?

Yes, yes we do. The Working Families Party doesn’t run their own candidates, but rather endorses and runs the name of Democrats under the Working Families Party name on the ballot. This works for them because of what they call “Fusion voting” in New York.

ITguy on January 6, 2014 at 8:42 AM

More on Bertha Lewis, from David Horowitz’s site…

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2459

ITguy on January 6, 2014 at 8:42 AM

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