Cal Thomas / January 13, 2022

New York: No Longer a ‘Fun City’

The optimism surrounding Eric Adams seems to be quickly eroding.

“Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is one who keeps the Law.” (Proverbs 29:18)

That didn’t last long. The optimism surrounding New York City’s new mayor, Eric Adams, seems to be quickly eroding due to several self-inflicted political wounds.

Adams has endorsed a new policy that allows 800,000 non-citizens to vote in municipal elections. Republicans have filed a lawsuit contending the law violates the state constitution. It would also set a bad precedent. Trust in election outcomes is already being eroded and this law will continue the trend if it is upheld.

Mayor Adams also named his brother as Deputy NYPD commissioner. He says his brother will help protect him from “the increase in white supremacy” in the city. Excuse me? Whites are a minority in New York City. In addition to the mayor and his brother being Black, so, too, is the new police commissioner, Keechant Sewell, who is also female. The new district attorney for Manhattan, Alvin Bragg, is Black. More about him in a moment.

Then there is the city council. Last fall, those running included, according to Gothamist.com, “the first Muslim woman, the first South Asian members, the first openly gay Black woman, seven foreign-born New Yorkers, and more women and people of color poised to be elected than ever before. … The next New York City Council is on track to be the most diverse and the most left-leaning in the city’s history.” It is. The new council chair is also a Black woman.

From such a profile one looks in vain to locate a “white supremacist” among them.

Alvin Bragg touched off a firestorm of criticism when he announced a “stay out of jail” free card for people who commit certain criminal acts. Business leaders are meeting with him hoping to change his mind. They have a good case to make as crime in the city is rising quickly and adding to the fears and restrictions associated with the pandemic, which has hurt many businesses. Tourists are less likely to come to New York if they believe it is unsafe.

One recent crime has helped focus attention on the consequences of lax law enforcement. A 19-year-old cashier at a Burger King in East Harlem was shot to death after giving the robber $100 from her cash drawer. News reports say the young woman, Kristal Bayron-Nieves, had told her mother she didn’t feel safe working there because she feared “the 50 homeless people outside.” Her mother urged her to go to work anyway and now, reports The Daily Mail, is understandably “racked with guilt.”

Mayor Adams responded to the murder by invoking the familiar progressive line about the need to end “gun violence.” The cavalier attitude toward crime and the message sent to criminals in New York and other cities where progressives are in charge is that they can get away with things that once resulted in their arrest, prosecution and incarceration.

It should not go unreported — but mostly is by the media — that billionaire George Soros has contributed millions to the campaigns of progressive district attorneys across the country. Such outside money, even when funneled through nonprofits in America, should be illegal, but money to politicians is like blood to Dracula and it will take massive public outrage to prohibit it.

First impressions are critical for someone who is new to office (consider President Biden’s unexpected progressive policies resulting in a rapid decline in his approval numbers). The first impressions made by Mayor Adams are not good. New York was once known as “Fun City.” It is rapidly becoming gloomy and as it was in the 1970s, an increasingly dangerous place to visit and live.

©2022 Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2022 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.