Mayor Bill De Blasio was sworn in for a second term this week as Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt) administered the oath. Former President Bill Clinton administered the oath back in 2014.
De Blasio is the most liberal mayor in recent years to have been sworn in with no significant Republican candidate challenging him both 2013 and in 2017 elections. Since taking over for Michael Bloomberg four years ago, De Blasio began to crackdown on quality of life issues that made former mayors Rudy Giuliani and Mayor Michael Bloomberg successful stewards of the Big Apple. De Blasio’s policies have led more homelessness, preventing police officers for making arrests for public urination, coed bathrooms and other issues have made him darling of the far left both here in the city and across the United States. The situation has gotten so, that De Blasio was in Iowa recently with an eye on running for President.
De Blasio promised in this recent campaign to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers to pay for repairs for the signal system for the subway which could drive the wealthiest of the city away. One of the ways he got elected this year is because he gave big raises to some of the most powerful unions in the city which could economically hamper the city in the long run.
Among the most controversial quality of life issues, the mayor successfully directed the police to curtail the stop and frisk and cut down on marijuana possession arrests by having the police issue summons rather than arresting individuals who violate the law.
In any event, De Blasio’s new term as mayor of New York City promises more left-wing activism. In August 2017, De Blasio praises socialism and his disdain for private property. This is right out of the book of not only socialist philosophy but Marxism, as well.
In the interview with the New York Yorker, De Blasio commented on how the “legal system is structured to favor private property . . . [that the] city government be able to determine which building goes where . . . how high it will be, who get to live in it, what the rent will be.” De Blasio admitted that “there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community.”
De Blasio’s first tenure is also marked by hostility from the police force which happened over the summer. De Blasio attended the funeral at the World Changers Church in the Bronx for slain Officer Miosotis Familia. One day after Familia was gunned down by cop-loathing shooter Alexander Bonds, De Blasio skipped town to participate in protests at the 5-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. De Blasio, while preparing for the trip, missed the swear-in ceremony for new police recruits.
In another area, De Blasio has shown weakness in curtailing radical Islam. City Hall, under De Blasio, censored an anti-terror handbook to appease Muslims and left wing liberals even though it accurately predicted radicalization patterns in recent “homegrown” terror situations. Because of this, Detective, NYPD rank-and-file officers and intelligence are barred officially from sourcing the handbook or the scientific study for which it is based.
By: Andrew Schiff