Détente With Democrats – Part 2: The Political Monopoly
I have come to realize that one of the great sins of politics in our borough is the lack of competition between the two political parties. In fact, it is a statewide phenomenon. But, here in Brooklyn, it seems like there are so many examples of the Democrats and the Republicans cozying up with one another, they stand out more.
It’s like those couples you see holding hands: one wearing a Red Sox shirt, the other wearing a Yankees shirt. You just know there is something wrong there, or, at the very least, something off about the duo.
And that feeling is entirely proper. In fact, it should be an automatic response.
We received many an email from readers months ago infuriated with the party for granting the Wilson-Pakula to King Bloomberg. Not only did this man not want to be a Republican, but he wanted to treat the party like some rented prostitute for a night on the town—or more like a day and a night.
The same with the Independence Party, which, as some of you know, is now under investigation for Bloomberg’s donation to them.
Now, we see another example of endorsements that stink to high heaven. Of course, I’m referring to the 44th City Council District race between David Greenfield, Joseph Lazar, and Jonathan Judge.
Of those names, only one is a Republican and the rest are Democrats. And yet, of the three choices, David Greenfield, a liberal Democrat, is the only person who has been endorsed by any party entities.
Vito Lopez must be happy… The Geppetto of the Brooklyn Democrats…
As we have reported, first came State Senator Marty “The Golden Prince” Golden. Then came his minion Jerry Kassar. They both endorsed this liberal Democrat in a race where, from what we’ve been told by our readers, a Republican would have a good chance of winning.
Yet, Kassar and Golden are supporting the Dede Scozzafava of the 44th City Council District race (with Greenfield being a pro-government spending liberal masquerading as a conservative). We all know how that race ended up.
And so, I return to my original point: why would anyone be comfortable with the Republicans and Conservatives’ détente with Democrats?
This serves no purpose but to aggradize the politicians’ comfort over the welfare of the citizenry.
The fact is political monopolies are dangerous. They allow for government to be controlled by an unchecked majority that does not answer to anyone. In theory, they answer to the voters at the polls, but if the two parties are working together, the voters have no real choice when they vote.
As true libertarians and conservatives understand, competition in a free market is what keeps it strong. The consumer benefits from a multiplicity of choices.
In politics, we have a number of political parties, although most people accept that only two parties count. As such, that delicate balance of competition matters all the more. When the GOP or the Democrats go out of their way to smooch and couple with each other, the ones that suffer the most are the American voters.
And so, for years, we have seen a systematic surrender of arms so that neither party had to do any legwork. Gentlemen’s agreements were crafted to prevent true Republicans from receiving party support.
Republicans were and have been targeted by their own party for petty gripes, mere suspicions and, sometimes, just because promises were made by the Democrats. Ask anyone who knows how politics works in this city, and they’ll recount this sorry state of affairs.
But we don’t have to tolerate it. We can make our voices heard. We can hold our party “leaders” (irrelevant or not) to account for these slimy ceasefires.
Let it be known: we’ve had enough.
Democrats and Republicans should start acting like their interested in the people’s interests more than their own.
Maybe then, the problems in our county, city and state would start to get a little bit better.
Coming this weekend: The Brooklyn GOP Finances: Part II – Hank Rearden’s exposé continues…