Common definitions of the word “citizen” include expressions such as “a person who legally belongs to a country and has the rights and protection of that country” and a person “who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to its protection”.
One thing in common is the transaction – a citizen gives something and gets something, just like the government.
One of those rights that universally distinguishes citizens from non-citizens is the right to vote. Sadly, we can now add this distinction to the garbage heap of history thanks to the far left’s war on the nation’s culture and legal systems.
The New York City Council’s decision to allow more than 800,000 non-citizen immigrants to vote in municipal elections is a watershed moment in the left’s goal of erasing the standards and merit of American life.
In this case, the pact between rights and duties is broken, only the rights remain with the immigrants who are relieved of all responsibility vis-à-vis the city and the 8 million remaining inhabitants.
Here 30 days? Okay
Under this measure, in addition to complying with age and registration rules, the only other requirement is that immigrants be either lawful permanent residents or permitted to work in the United States. Either way, they can vote starting next January after living in New York City for as little as 30 consecutive days.
Yes, 30 days, which is equivalent to a vote behind the wheel of people who have sworn allegiance to another nation.
There is no logical or legal argument for this unilateral step, only a desire to destroy a reciprocal relationship. Under the ever-flexible guise of “fairness,” all distinctions must be erased.
Other examples of this new radicalism abound. The push to drop the gifted and talented programs in public schools is designed to end all recognition of special abilities and efforts. As with participation trophies, all children are considered to be equally gifted and talented, so there is no need to have selective programs or schools.
Another front opened by the left was the objective of erasing the language that separates legal immigrants from illegal immigrants. Although this remains an accurate description under the law, calling people “illegal” has been viewed as an insult to their humanity.
This earlier argument now seems odd compared to the “open border” movement unfolding before our eyes as the Biden administration refuses to enforce immigration laws.
New York, of course, is doubly cursed, with new Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg aiming to erase many distinctions in the criminal code. Bragg says he won’t prosecute quality of life crimes and most property crimes, and would limit the laying of charges that could mean jail time to murder, sexual assault and a few other cases involving violence. .
Likewise, the implications of the board vote are so vast that they, too, constitute an unprecedented change. For comparison, consider that the additional 800,000 voters would be more than the 750,000 votes Eric Adams received in winning the mayoral election.
If even half of the non-citizen voters came together to form a bloc, they could likely elect a whole slate of officials, from council to public attorney, comptroller and mayor.
That’s not likely in the short term, but the possibility highlights the potential impact of making so many new people eligible at the same time.
Big Dem Advantage
The measure was sponsored by Ydanis Rodriguez, then a council member and the city’s new transport commissioner. Defending the measure, he said that “we build a stronger democracy when we include the voice of immigrants”.
The issue is not the right of immigrants to express their opinions. For there to be a fair and functional democracy, large groups of voters cannot be entitled to the privileges of citizenship without commitment.
Otherwise, what is citizenship for, a question that future immigrants could ask themselves.
The board vote last month was 33-14, just before the departure of the 35 limited-term members, including Rodriguez.
Mayor Adams initially suggested he objected because the 30-day residency requirement was too short, but changed his mind after speaking to anonymous funders and leaving the bill become law without signing it.
Like most other supporters, he probably assumes that new voters would vote Democratic, and therefore sees the measure as a practical guarantee that New York will never have a Republican mayor again.
In response, some Republicans have taken legal action, claiming the measure goes against the state’s constitution. They cite language in the constitution that grants the right to vote to “every citizen” aged 18 or over.
There are also practical issues. The council asked the electoral council to “implement this new system, which would include the development of a new registration form specifically for municipal voters and give them the opportunity to register in a political party so that they can vote in local primary elections ”.
How this would work and how the council would prevent registered non-citizens from voting in national or national elections is unclear. One thing is for sure, is that relying on the board for a gigantic new responsibility is a mad rush.
But maybe that’s the whole point. After all, anyone who cares about old ideas like citizenship and worries about the integrity of the ballot is simply trying to deprive oppressed people of their “equal rights.”
Did I say it correctly?
Race has no place in life-saving decisions
The heroic New York firefighter pictured at right is Matt Zimpfer, and thank goodness he didn’t ask the race or national origin of the baby he was rescuing.
Zimpfer was one of 200 FDNY members who rushed to a fire in a skyscraper in the Bronx on Sunday. Seventeen people died, including eight children.
It’s a sure thing that not a single one of the Braves cared about the skin color of those they saved or those they couldn’t. They save all lives equally.
But imagine if they didn’t. Imagine if the police, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency service doctors and nurses adopted the same rules perpetuated by so-called health officials.
In a jaw-dropping development, federal, state and municipal agencies have announced that in some cases non-whites should be given preference in COVID testing and treatment.
The Food and Drug Administration and city and state health departments justify this discrimination on allegations of past inequalities or particular health issues. But skin color is not a medical condition, and basing medical decisions on it is unscientific.
It’s racism. And if Matt Zimpfer had followed this rancid path, the Bronx baby he saved would have died
QB marks big with “dog” advice
Words to follow come from Stetson Bennett IV, the oft-ridiculed University of Georgia Bulldogs quarterback.
After leading his team to victory over Alabama in the National Championship game, Bennett was asked on television what his triumph meant for the odds-hitting little guy. After saying he hoped it would encourage them, he added, “Keep your mouth shut, work hard. Life is hard. Work on it.