Another attack on citizenship
Category: News & PoliticsBy: vic-eldred • 2 months ago • 15 comments
New York and California have long been the petri dishes for the American left. It sems that every radical, anti-social or anti-American idea is unveiled in one or both of those places. The city of New York was once one of the world's great cities, but thanks primarily to bad ideas and flight, it has become something else. Most recently it became a place where crime was encouraged and the NYPD humiliated. Currently the City Council is considering the idea of allowing non-citizens to vote in municipal elections. That would be in violation of New York State's constitution, which states that voters must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older. Of course, that has never stood in the way of progressives before and it probably won't now.
Around 808,000 New York City residents who have work permits or are lawful permanent residents would be eligible to vote under the legislation, which has the support of 34 of 51 council members, a veto-proof majority. The idea has realigned the political power in the city. The recently elected law and order mayor-elect, Eric Adams submitted testimony to the September hearing in favor of the bill. He said that “In a democracy, nothing is more fundamental than the right to vote and to say who represents you and your community in elected office,” Adams said. “Currently, almost one million New Yorkers are denied this foundational right.” On the other side is the current mayor Bill de Blasio (believe it or not) who in a rare lapse of rational thought has threatened to veto any such legislation. “We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers—including undocumented folks—but…I don’t believe it is legal” .... Bill de Blasio.
If it becomes law in the city of New York it would be a major assault on the rights & privileges of Citizenship.
Victor Davis Hanson once defined it perfectly. "Citizenship is a synonym for a constitutional republic, and it's very rare. It's fragile, doesn't exist in history very much. It's the aberration. And it's very difficult to make people pick their own leaders, audit 'em, vote on issues of revenue and taxation, et cetera, so most people will outsource that to monarchs or tyrants or somebody else. But this idea that you're an independent autonomous middle-class citizen is very rare."