Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cuomo Caves (a little) on Casting out the Conservatives

The conservatives have bitten back at the Big Apple, or rather the Empire State. Townhall.com reports that New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo was backed up against a wall, is backing away, and is now back-pedaling from his remark that "extremists" in the Republican Party are not welcome in New York State.

His press office released
the follow statement, and here are some excerpts:

The New York Post distorted Governor Cuomo’s words yesterday, saying that the Governor said "conservatives should leave New York." The Governor did not say that, nor does he believe that.

Once again, what did Gov. Cuomo say?:

Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives, who are right to life, pro assault weapon, anti-gay, is that who they are? Because if that is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that is not who New Yorkers are.

Gov. Cuomo cannot pivot from this pathetic assessment of "extreme conservatives." The fact that Cuomo called pro-life advocates "extreme" in itself is offensive. If one wants an example of extreme, look no further than the current Democratic Party platform, which outlines no exceptions to abortion. In effect, one can seek an abortion at any time during the pregnancy, and on the taxpayer's dime.

Once, again, the governor falsely characterizes all New Yorkers as pro-choice, or pro-abortion, or that they support gun control measures, many of which do not work because the state refuses to recognize the fallen nature of man and the need (as well as right) to keep and bear arms. Or that they have no qualms about the transformation of marriage into a civil status in which two people of the same sex can enter.

And that" anti-gay" remark. . . that statement in itself sets up a false dichotomy of hate, when those who oppose gay marriage and discourage homosexual conduct argue from a different basis. Homosexuality is a choice, and a bad one. For decades, the argument has proceeded from homosexual activists that people are "born that way." The lesbian libertarian Tammy Bruce acknowledges that she chooses her sexuality. There are many accounts even published in popular media, which highlight individuals who have left the "gay lifestyle". Medical research, anecdotal evidence, free from partisan bias, outlines that a consortium of conduct such as homosexuality creates more problems for one's life and happiness.

There is nothing wrong with exposing to people the truth about life, gun rights, and the consequences of homosexual conduct, Mr. Governor!

Times are now changing in American society. Governors cannot get away with such hollow swipes at conservatives, at communities of faith which recognize the sanctity of life and the unique status of marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Governor Cuomo is engaging in damage control, but he needs to go further. He needs to stop preaching this ideology in which someone who disagrees with his modern liberal policies is automatically a bigot, a racist, or worst of all, unfit to live in the state of New York.

Accepting a lack of courage from the political establishment, political and cultural conservatives are punching back on their own, and twice as hard (in the words of Ben Shapiro). No longer a matter of retribution or retaliation, the backlash against liberal stigmatization and shame is about redirecting our leaders to respect the rights of all Americans, and to stop demonizing those who refuse to sit back and put up with cultural mores not in line with life, liberty, and the individual pursuit of happiness.

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