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When I moved to Brooklyn from Michigan over twenty years ago I registered to vote as an Independent, unaware that doing so would prevent me from voting in almost all crucial primaries. Though I came to that realization soon afterward, I felt such intense loyalty to my conservative principles that I simply could not bring myself to switch party affiliations and register as a Democrat.

Many years later I see I was not mistaken in my belief that a name does matter, and certainly a political name matters politically. Though I boxed myself out of participating in almost all local primaries, I did feel like a New Yorker when it came time to vote in elections. And like other New York conservatives – we do exist – I was even able to celebrate an occasional Republican victory in this largely Democratic state.

But I have now been told by my governor that because of my beliefs I “have no place in the state of New York.”

In a recent tirade on a public radio station in Albany, Governor Cuomo lambasted New York conservatives in one broad stroke. While lashing out against New Yorkers who oppose his SAFE Act, a draconian gun-control bill rammed through the New York legislature soon after the Newtown massacre, Cuomo targeted all Republicans and conservatives as the enemy.

“Who are they?” Cuomo demanded. “Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

Well, I believe in the right to bear arms and the right to life, and I oppose gay marriage. I am also a New Yorker. Though I always knew I was in the minority, am I now persona non grata? According to New York’s governor – and to our new mayor, Bill de Blasio – apparently I am.

When asked to comment on the governor’s inflammatory remarks, de Blasio responded, “I stand by that 100 percent…. He was absolutely right to say what he said.”

Are these local politicians taking their cue from their national counterparts? It was candidate Barack Obama in 2008 who infamously labeled blue-collar voters “bitter” as they “cling to guns or religion.” Since then it seems the tone of the rhetoric has become even shriller.

Even jaded conservatives are used to being sidelined because of our right-wing outlook. However, to have proponents of multiculturalism morph into advocates of monoculturalism where conservatives are concerned is dangerous indeed. The liberal banner of diversity is never so threatening as when that agenda of diversification turns inward.

For religious Christians and Jews in New York, this is particularly alarming. A majority of Jewish New Yorkers voted for Cuomo and, more recently, de Blasio. Not a few of those Jewish voters were Orthodox and hold the same conservative social policy positions as “extreme conservatives.” And they are no doubt surprised at the speed with which such contempt for their views was hurled in their faces by the mayor so soon after they helped elect him.

This rhetorical unrolling of the welcome mat for New Yorkers who disagree with the liberal agenda has caused many of us to question our place in the state and city. And the outrageous verbal affront translates into facts on the ground for many religious Christians, as Cuomo is pushing for such a massive expansion of access to abortion in New York, including the lifting of restrictions on third-trimester abortions, that the organization Democrats for Life of America has called the proposed bill “the most sweeping abortion legislation in the nation.”

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About the Author: Sara Lehmann, a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, was formerly an editor at a major New York publishing house.


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8 Responses to “Conservatives Not Welcome In New York?”

  1. I live in New York. Gotta move…

  2. Edward Lobel says:

    good! don't let the door slam you on the way out!

  3. Edward Lobel says:

    Perhaps if you choose to read the entire statement you might understad what the gov really said.

    It's sort of like all the ignorant people misquoting Hillary Clinton when she did not say "…. What difference does it make…." as there was more on both sides of the statement that actually change the entire meaning of what she said, but that is too difficult for the haters to do.

  4. Actually, I heard a recording of the Gov's statement. Seemed to me a repetition of platitudes common to the liberal mindset. Would still like to move…

  5. Actually, I heard a recording of the Gov's statement. Seemed to me a repetition of platitudes common to the liberal mindset. Would still like to move…

  6. Edward Lobel says:

    Daniel Paul Gold Daniel Paul Gold I would wonder why someone who thinks he is intelligent (such as yourself and that is not intended to be an insult,) would under any circumstances want to move out of the Capital of the World! In any event, I would again think you are smart enough to understand that Liberals are responsible for every benefit you have in your life! Our Founding Fathers were ALL LIBERAL! yes every single one of them was a liberal, not a conservative amongst them.
    All kinds of benefits from Social Security and Medicare (which BTW are not entitlements as the conservatives call them, but all earned and paid for by our own contributions.) Liberals are also responsible for the 5 day 40 hour (now in many cases the 35 hour work) week. They are also responsible for such things as Vacation and Sick pay, Some places offer day care for workers and most offer greatly reduced costs on insurance, on what it would cost you if you bought it separately.. All these plus more are all because of Liberals!

    I suppose you take all this for granted and hate Liberals because you have been duped by repubs over the last 5 years to hate everything that the Black man in the White House is in favor of. Equal rights (BTW a VERY LIBERAL thing) and gay marriage.

    I always wonder why conservatives think that going back is the right thing to do and why they think it was always better in the past!

    You need to fully understand that God gave you one advantage over everyone else on the planet, he gave you a Jewish brain, it is not his fault you do not use it!

  7. Edward Lobel Aside from your insults, which are out of place in the world of ideas and I'm not going to respond to, you've made lots of assumptions about me that are wrong. I agree that liberals have made many contributions, but I also think that their way of doing things has taken the upper hand to too great an extent. You need both liberalism and conservatism in a sort of checks-and-balances relationship; otherwise, extremism rears its ugly head.

  8. Edward Lobel says:

    Daniel Paul Gold I have reviewed my comments over and over again and could not find any insults to you. In one spot I was very clear that what I said was not meant to be an insult, as you are indeed as smart as you think you are. If you interpreted this in any other manner I am sorry.

    I am not quite certain what you mean why you say the Liberals have "….that their way of doing things has taken the upper hand to a great extent" I do not understand what you are trying to say. To me, taking the upper hand is like taking the high road and being honest, but I gather that is not what you mean here.

    As for needing input from both Liberals and conservatives is indeed true, but since Obama has been elected and the likes of O'Connell and others have made it their mission in life to try and destroy everything that Obama wanted to get done, even at the risk of breaking the government. They vote against everything even the things they proposed just to make it fail so he will fail and that is not good for conservatives or America!

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