New York Mayor Losing Mind?
By Mike Hudson
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose draconian anti-smoking regulations have become the law of New York State and much of the rest of the nation, last week characterized the United States Constitution as an archaic document badly in need of revision.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings that left three people dead, Bloomberg pretty much advocated getting rid of the Second, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments entirely, and giving what remains a serious going over to ensure that individual liberties are curtailed to the greatest extent possible.
“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry,” Bloomberg said. “But we live in a complex world where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”
A product of Wall Street, Bloomberg headed up Salomon Brothers before striking out on his own, turning a paltry $100 million or so into billions. In 2002, he essentially bought his way into Gracie Mansion, outspending opponent Mark Green by a wide margin. He has been re-elected twice using the same strategy.
“We have to understand that in the world going forward, we’re going to have more cameras and that kind of stuff,” he told the fawning New York media, which respects nothing so much as a big bank account.
“Our obligation, first and foremost,” he said, “is to keep our kids safe in the schools. First and foremost, to keep you safe if you [go] to a sporting event. First and foremost, to keep you safe if you walk down the streets or go into our parks.”
“Look, we live in a very dangerous world. We know there are people who want to take away our freedoms. New Yorkers probably know that as much if not more than anybody else after the terrible tragedy of 9/11,” he added.
Bloomberg’s lack of regard for the Constitution is legendary. In the past year he has been overseeing mass police beatings of peaceful protestors, a huge increase in stop and frisk tactics targeting the city’s black and Hispanic populations and spying on Muslim clergymen by police intelligence units.
He’s also spent more than $12 million on television advertising aimed at getting people to accept more stringent gun control laws in a city where the newspapers joke even Mother Theresa couldn’t get a pistol permit.
He said he’d like to see the day when military drones hover over New York, fitted with facial recognition software, and described opposition to the idea as “it’s this craziness– oh, it’s big brother.”
People should just “get used to it,” he said.
Bloomberg has even taken his police state concept to the point of making criminals out of ordinary citizens by banning smoking in public, and attempting to ban trans-fats, large sugary drinks and Styrofoam cups.
Bloomberg believes that salt is "the greatest public health threat facing" New York City -- and is worth losing your freedom over.
He doesn’t like doing these things, he claims, but he has to for the public’s own good. And even Bloomberg would draw the line at telling people how they should worship God, he said.
“It really says something bad about us that we have to do it,” he said. “You still want to let people practice their religion, no matter what that religion is. And I think one of the great dangers here is going and categorizing anybody from one religion as a terrorist. That would let the terrorists win. That’s what they want us to do.”
The sheer hubris involved in a guy whose sole accomplishment is to have made money on Wall Street when everybody was making money on Wall Street imagining himself to be the moral and intellectual equal to such giants of the Enlightenment as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin boggles the mind.
Franklin of course warned Americans that they should never trade liberty for greater security. But no matter because as far as Bloomberg is concerned Franklin and the rest of the Founding Fathers lived in the “olden days."
To say that Bloomberg has serious control issues is an understatement. To think that anyone has to take what he says with more than a single grain of salt is foolishness.
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