Skip to comments.Latinos rally for de Blasio, hope to sway him on noncitizen voting
Posted on 11/04/2013 2:01:49 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
At a "Latinos for de Blasio" rally on Sunday afternoon, Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio called on the state to provide drivers' licenses for undocumented immigrants, and he reiterated his support for municipal ID cards for non-citizens.
But de Blasio opposes another progressive idea for the city's immigrant population that wasn't mentioned on Sunday: allowing undocumented immigrants to vote.
At the rally, de Blasio spoke enthusiastically about the merits of issuing identification cards that undocumented residents could use to open bank accounts, lease apartments and receive library cards (an idea that was a non-starter in the Council in 2007).
"They may not be documented, but they are a half-million of our brothers and sisters, of our neighbors, of our family and friends," de Blasio said before a cheering crowd of mainly Hispanic lawmakers and supporters.
And he called on New York State to issue driver's licenses to the same population, an idea that former governor Eliot Spitzer could not push past considerable opposition in 2007.
"It's time that we call upon the State of New York to catch up with that progressive beacon, the State of Colorado," de Blasio said, in a reference to Colorado's decision earlier this year to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.
"I don't remember New York usually being placed behind Colorado on the progressiveness scale, so we've got some work to do," he added. De Blasio did not specifically mention Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
And he didn't mention noncitizen voting, which is the subject of a bill that has already been introduced in the City Council.
The legislation, titled Intro 410, currently has 31 co-sponsors, and its prime sponsor, Queens councilman Danny Dromm, has said he expects it to come up for a vote next year.
At a debate last week, de Blasio said he's "not comfortable" with the current plan.
"I've talked to the advocates on that issue," he said. "They've presented their plan to me. I'm not comfortable with it at this point. It's I think an idea that is founded in good intent but there's a number of specifics that I can't agree with, as least as it's written now."
State Sen. Gustavo Rivera, who attended Sunday's rally wearing a de Blasio pin on his jacket, predicted Hispanic groups would push the issue under the next mayor.
"[Voting] is the most basic and direct level of representation," he told Capital. "I believe they should have a role. I look forward to having that conversation with the next mayor."
Rivera, who supported Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the Democratic primary, said he anticipates "a level of access that we have't had before" in the mayoralty.
Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has touted immigrants' rights throughout his mayoralty, is opposed to the measure.
Beware the attack of the pro-illegal Latino and LIV single females! When do we reach critical mass, people? We’re past that now I suppose.
Wait until the crime wave hits. They’ll be worrying about a lot more important things. Like surviving day to day.
Within 6-8 months of him taking office, expect NYC to be a crime ridden cesspool. Within a year we will begin to see Detroit 2.0.
Letting wetbacks vote.
That’s treasonous behavior. Wetbacks shouldn’t be here in
the first place. Their very existence in this country is
a burden to the legal and natural born American citizens.
I believe that when the country splits it will be between the urban areas and flyover country.
I would sooner war.
non-citizen voting, does that mean Russia, China, Saudi Arabia can vote too? Is that part of the New World Order?/s
these people make me angry.
“You Americans are so gullible. No, you wont accept communism outright, but well keep feeding you small doses of socialism until youll finally wake up and find you already have communism. We wont have to fight you. Well so weaken your economy until youll fall like overripe fruit into our hands.” Nikita Khrushchev
BILL DE BLASIO’S COMMUNIST PALS
y Paul Kengor and Spyridon Mitsotakis On November 4, 2013 In Daily Mailer,FrontPage
Reprinted from Spectator.org.
When the New York Times revealed that New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio had been an enthusiastic supporter of Nicaraguas communist Sandinista regime, old arguments from the 1980s were suddenly rekindled, with renewed debate over the nature of that regime. The left once again emerged from the woodwork to insist that the Sandinistas were never bad guys (or even communists) quite the contrary. The Times quickly published letters-to-the-editor whitewashing the Sandinistas tyranny, and one Times blogger went so far as to publish a post declaring: Whatever their failings, the Sandinistas did not impose a repressive regime on their impoverished Central American nation. There was no mass jailing of opponents nor mass execution of opposing soldiers.
Gee, thats good assuming that its even true. Of course, it isnt true.
To cite just once source, the Russian-born scholar, Dr. Jamie Glazov, who came to America as a child when the KGB forced him and his pro-democracy, dissident parents into exile, is among those who beg to differ. Glazov wrote in his book, United in Hate:
The Sandinistas quickly distinguished themselves as one of the worst human rights abusers in Latin America, carrying out approximately 8,000 political executions within three years of the revolution. The number of anti-revolutionary Nicaraguans who disappeared while in Sandinista hands numbered in the thousands. By 1983, the number of political prisoners inside the new Marxist regimes jails was estimated at 20,000. This was the highest number of political prisoners in any nation in the hemisphere except, of course, in Castros Cuba. By 1986, a vicious and violent Sandinista resettlement program forced some 200,000 Nicaraguans into 145 settlements throughout the country. This monstrous social engineering program entailed the designation of free-fire zones in which Sandinista government troops shot and killed any peasant of their choosing.
Not long after the Times exposé, the New York Post published a column reminding New Yorkers of the Sandinistas ugly anti-Semitism another undeniable truth. That was too much for the old Sandalistas (the sandal-wearing Sandinista fellow travelers who haunt the halls of American academe). The Nicaragua Network, of which de Blasio was once a leading member, issued a press release warning its faithful followers that the New York Post resurrects lies about Nicaraguan revolution! The Nicaragua Network assured the faithful that the information about Sandinista anti-Semitism were (naturally) just a bunch of CIA fabrications, and urged them to Send letters to the editor!
That battle cry was sounded. Sandalistas, unite!
Fortunately, some of those who know better are speaking up. Leading the charge is the former leftist-turned-conservative and Cold War scholar Ronald Radosh. In the wake of a short Post article noting that Bill de Blasio ignored (at best) the anti-Semitism of the rulers of Nicaragua during his 1988 visit there, Radosh wrote, his supporters have insisted the Sandinista junta wasnt anti-Semitic. In fact, the record is clear and ugly. Radosh also notes that The official Sandinista newspaper, Barricada, ran an editorial in January 1990 in which it attributed distrust of their country by the Yankee bureaucracy to the traditional Jew-style with which the U.S. Congress manages the taxes of the taxpayers.
That newspaper, Barricada, which made those anti-Semitic remarks (and they werent the only ones), had American subscribers. One of them was Bill de Blasio, who, the New York Times reports, spent time and energy hawking subscriptions to other New Yorkers. Barricada, as Paul Berman reminds us, was the most hardline of the Sandinista publications, and was controlled by Sandinista Ministry of the Interior, Tomás Borge.
American Spectator readers will remember that infamous name from the 1980s. Here is what Radosh reminds us about this character:
Borge had been from the start, even in the period of pretend moderation, the regimes enforcer. He was made minister of the Interior. He named the building which housed state security something that Orwell might have dreamed up in his novel 1984 the Sentinel of the Peoples Happiness, which was proclaimed in a loud banner over the buildings front.
In his post, Borge contracted with the East German government to send a team of Stasi that countrys hated secret police to come to Nicaragua to train his own ministrys agents in the type of techniques they used to control the populace. From East Germany and other Communist regimes in Eastern Europe he obtained advisors, communications equipment, uniforms, and other supplies. But what interested him most was concrete advice on how to use his spies to help concentrate power and give the FSLN complete control of the country. East Germanys Stasi chief sent him a specially selected group of agents who, he promised Borge, would give them the ability and know-how to crush potential civilian opposition to the Sandinista regime.
He also liked to show the press how adept he was at fooling gullible Western fellow-travelers. Borge met them as he did me at one time in the 1980s in his would-be office, behind which was a display of Christian crucifixes and a Bible sitting at his desk. Many would remark when they wrote about him how the hated security chief was really a believing Catholic and a religious individual. When they left, Borge would retreat to his actual office, which is the site at which he worked and which had no visible religious symbols of any kind. Of course, Borge used his ministry to regularly attack the Church, to deport opposition priests, and to give his support to an officially sponsored liberation church whose clerics backed the FSLN.
Liberation Theology, so backed and pushed by the KGB that it was practically a KGB-invention, famously became the center of a major clash between the Sandinistas and Pope John Paul II. When the Pope visited Nicaragua in 1983, the Sandinistas organized a mob to harass him at an open-air Mass in a failed attempt to embarrass him. (The Pope deftly countered them with style and panache and truth.)
Bill de Blasio, not surprisingly, is a follower of Liberation Theology.
Of course, the academy has come out in full-throttle defense of de Blasio. He is their product; hes one of them. He has a degree in Latin American studies, which is no surprise to the two of us. Both of us have rich experiences in dealing with Latin American Studies departments, so we automatically see a red flag. Thats something we could vent about for hours. But, alas, thats another subject for another time.
A subject for the here and how, however, is Bill de Blasio almost certainly New Yorks future mayor and his support of a repressive Marxist regime. That regime was a Soviet/Cuban proxy in Americas backyard.
Fortunately, despite the likes of Bill de Blasio and the Sandinistas fellow travelers in their American lobby, Ronald Reagans support of the Contras in Nicaragua worked. A democratic election eventually took place, and the Sandinistas lost, as communists always do when they dare to (rarely) hold elections. Communism was halted there, as it was elsewhere in Latin America in the 1980s, from Grenada to less-known places like Suriname.
While the people of Latin America rejoiced in their freedom, Bill de Blasio wept for their enslavers. New Yorkers, should take note assuming they even care.