January 24, 2014

Get the hell out of New York! That’s the message Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo is sending to pro-life, pro-gun, pro-traditional marriage conservatives.

The Albany Times-Union first highlighted remarks the governor made during an interview with Susan Arbetter on “The Capitol Pressroom.” He was talking about a division within the state’s Republican Party and compared it to what’s happening in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a mirror of what’s going on in Washington,” he said. “The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans. It’s more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans.”

And then he told “extreme” Republicans where to go.

“Who are they?” the governor asked. “Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? 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.”

Take that in for just a moment. New York’s Democratic governor believes people who are pro-life are extremists. Extremists! Donald Trump? Not welcome. Cardinal Dolan -- you're outta here, pal. Cuomo just can’t have those kind of people living on the streets of New York City.

When did Governor Cuomo become Bull Connor -- trying to politically segregate the state? Yes, I used the word "segregate." That word alone disqualifies me from receiving a hearty New York welcome.

It's only a matter of time before the governor's foot soldiers knock on my door and give good ole gun-toting, Bible-clinging, pro-lifers the heave ho.

Liberals always bloviate that conservatives are the ones who are mean-spirited, intolerant, censors of speech with which they don't agree, anti-gay, anti-black and anti just about everything else, right? This is all the left keeps telling and publishing.

Which is why in this era of increasingly corrosive language – note the overuse of the f-word in the film “The Wolf of Wall Street” – and acidic political discourse, recent comments by Cuomo, ought to shock and outrage everyone, regardless of party affiliation or ideology.

After the moderate-to-conservative New York Post ran a headline that read, “Gov. Cuomo to Conservatives: Leave NY!” the governor's press office issued a statement claiming his remarks were “distorted” and “taken out of context.”

Conservative radio and TV host Sean Hannity said he will take Cuomo up on his directive and probably move to Florida, depriving New York of the considerable taxes he pays.

The attempt to marginalize conservatives smacks of dictatorial behavior clearly evident in President Obama's dealings with his political and ideological opponents. It's as if he's saying to Republicans, “I won. You lost. Get over it!” Whether its taxes, the debt ceiling or spending caps, Obama appears to rule with no need to negotiate, as though the last election, which put Republicans in the majority in the House, never happened.

If either of these statements had been made by a Republican, the reaction from the left would be predictable. There isn't enough space to list the names that Republicans would be called. At a minimum, there would be demands for an apology and at a maximum calls to resign from office.

Winning an election doesn't mean the victor owns the state or country. It means voters have temporarily placed their faith in a person to perform a job that benefits the general welfare.

In his radio interview, Gov. Cuomo praised “moderate” Republicans for helping pass his legislative agenda. Conservatives believe that agenda is harmful. Should they not be allowed to say why? Should they not be allowed to argue for a better way? Where are the liberals who are so dedicated to preserving the First Amendment that they defend pornography, offensive language on television and in films and even the burning of the American flag as a price we must pay for all to enjoy freedom of expression? What about conservative speech and expression?

During the Vietnam anti-war protests, conservatives developed a slogan that appeared on some car bumpers: “America: Love it or leave it.” Liberals responded that loving America also meant opposing policies of the Johnson and Nixon administrations, which they believed harmed the country. They were right.

I don’t know about you but I do not want to live in a state where I’m not wanted. Besides, I would think that if my political views are too extreme for Governor Cuomo, my tax dollars must be as well.

It seems the road to tolerance and diversity is a one-way street heading out of state.