New York is often considered a beacon of democratic principles; a home for those who believe that equity and social justice trumps all. New York City, for instance, one of the largest cities in the country, is home to some of the most radical members of the Democratic Party who pass legislation based on race and equity rather than fundamental fairness. Nevertheless, contrary to what we may think New York to be, the recent trends in the campaign for governor suggest that New York may be on its way down a different route.
Lee Zeldin, a Republican Congressman from Long Island, and Kathy Hochul, the former lieutenant governor who became governor after the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are competing in a race for governor whose outcome has now become unpredictable.
A few months ago, Kathy Hochul had a massive 24-point lead in the polls. However, Quinnipiac, one of the most recognized pollsters in the nation, recently released a poll with shocking results: Hochul had just a 4-point lead. This is the outcome of what seems to be a perfect storm of events that have hit New Yorkers and showed them the repercussions of advancing far-left policies.
First, an assassination attempt was made on Lee Zeldin during a campaign rally. This occurred after an onslaught of unjustifiably harsh rhetoric directed towards Zeldin. Hochul’s message of compassion for him and his family, in which she failed to acknowledge how her rhetoric played a major role in the assassination attempt, exacerbated the situation for the Democrats. And to make matters even worse, despite the assassination attempt on a sitting Congressman, the man was released without bail under New York’s controversial bail reform laws.
What might have been the biggest eye-opener for New Yorkers was when Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida sent thousands of migrants to New York City, a sanctuary city that supports illegal immigrants and regularly admonishes governors who have anti-illegal immigrant policies, seemingly out of spite.
To further irritate New Yorkers, while New York City has become so prohibitively expensive that the average person can no longer afford to live there—with skyrocketing rents averaging around $5,000 per month for shoebox apartments—these illegal immigrants are being housed and fed three meals a day on the taxpayers’ dime.
Finally, escalating crime rates in New York City and its surrounding neighborhoods, seemingly fueled by a lack of prosecution of criminals by far-left district attorneys and increased poverty, have transformed the city into a place to fear, rather than enjoy. New York City at night is a veritable Gotham City, with violence even reaching Congressman Lee Zeldin’s front door, as two men exchanged gunfire while his daughters were home alone.
Voters are beginning to understand that Democratic leaders care exclusively about retribution and equity for the tiny minority, and not about the ordinary American. This equality always comes at the expense of fairness and the quality of life of the common individual. In addition, based on their rhetoric and policy proposals, it often appears that Democrats only care about Democrats and future Democratic voters, not Republicans, Independents, or anybody who disagrees with them.
New Yorkers are certainly concerned about transgender rights, abortion, and immigration. Yet, they worry more about how they will put food on the table, if they will be able to pay rent next month, and whether they can provide a comfortable life for their children in a safe environment. The messaging of Hochul and other Democrats is entirely fixated with the trivial—significant, but less pressing—problems of abortion, immigration, and transgender rights.
New Yorkers are discovering that Lee Zeldin is the governor for them because he, like the rest of the Republican Party, seeks to be fair to everyone, but at the cost of no one. Republicans are not interested in providing illegal immigrants with support, food, and shelter when they cannot even provide for their own citizens. We cannot save everyone, but we can create an environment where everyone can save themselves, and that includes illegal immigrants, transgenders, and more.
Even though New York is often extreme, we can use a Virginia bill introduced in the Virginia State Legislature to demonstrate the Democratic Party’s electoral aims. The upcoming legislative session in Virginia was supposed to see the reintroduction of a bill that would broaden the state’s definition of child abuse and neglect to include people who cause mental or physical injury based on their child’s gender identity or sexual orientation. Thankfully, there was bipartisan backfire and the bill’s sponsor stated that she will not reintroduce it.
These frustrating and irrational policies are supported by the vast majority of Democrats in power. Considering what has occurred over the previous four years, it does not take a soothsayer to forecast that New York would regress significantly over the next four years if Kathy Hochul is elected governor.
I have no doubt that Zeldin would have earned a narrow victory in the race for governor of New York State if the election had been held a month later, and a wide victory if another month later. New Yorkers will decide in the next election whether they prefer four years of senseless, liberty-invading policies or four years of fundamental fairness, equality of opportunity—not outcome—and prosperity for everyone, including Democrats.
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