On New York Values- A Memo to Ted Cruz
Like most New Yorkers who watched the recent Republican Presidential debate, the Senator Ted Cruz's quip on New York Values wasn’t just a jab, but an insult that brought into focus how low the primary can go. Let’s be clear on Ted Cruz’s comments on “New York Values.” They were offensive. They were unwise and they were juvenile. Period.
What raised the spectacle even higher in the theatre of the absurd, cloaking itself in political debate on public policy, was the fact that it was Donald Trump who stuck up for the Empire State. Say what you will about the Donald, he put Cruz in his place. Facing great heat for his comments after the debate, Cruz “apologized” in the most insincere manner that earned Congressman Peter King’s well earned comment that Cruz “should go back under the rock he came from.”
Whether or not Senator Cruz likes it, New York has been on the cutting edge of most public policy and the laboratory of ideas in this century. Thanks to Republicans and Democrats alike.
Texas Ted may not like that, but that’s tough. Welcome to the New York Rodeo.
Maybe Ted should realize it was Governor Nelson Rockefeller that created SUNY and the Community College system that is a role model for the country including his beloved Texas. It was Governor Mario Cuomo who promoted social justice and equality through health care and education. It was Governor George Pataki that championed the environment and nanotechnology. It was Mayor John Lindsay who brought to light the problems and inequality of our inner cities. Ed Koch was the stalwart that built middle class housing to most of the city. It was Rudolph Giuliani who championed quality of life and rebuilt a city after a terror attack. It was Mayor Bloomberg who brought prosperity to our region and quality economic development.
That’s just off the top of the head by the way.
The problem with candidates like Ted Cruz, who are gifted politicians, is the fact that they speak to parts of the electorate that nominate them in the least understood part of our electoral process. The primary.
In that process, they ignore the masses in the middle who actually elect the President.
The political middle, with facets of conservatism on issues and libertarian or liberal views on other points, have become irrelevant to the primary process because they sit on their hands, stay at home and don’t vote. At the same time, the most conservative or socialistically liberal parts of the electorate in both Democrat and Republican primaries drive the process in which we end up with a slow moving car crash of a primary election.
This is democracy at it’s finest?
Congressman Peter King of the Massapequa area is a representative you see on television, radio and talk shows discussing important issues of the day with clarity and purpose. He’s a no nonsense kind of guy who tells it like it is. Republicans and Democrats alike love his approach to politics because he says what he thinks is right.
King’s thoughts encapsulate most New Yorkers on Ted Cruz’s slight at the debate perfectly. King thundered: “Memo to Ted cruz: New York Values are the heroes of 9-11 and the cops who fight terror.”
Not done with Cruz, King reminded us of the Texas Senator’s fall of 2013 effort that led to a federal government shut down. “Shutting down the government and reading Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor are the marks of a carnival barker not the leader of the free world.”
Our thoughts exactly Congressman King. Thanks for having the guts to say it. New York Values on Election Day will send him packing back to Texas.