Though outrageous statements by leftist leaders in New York are hardly newsworthy, the state’s governor has landed in hot water after some particularly incendiary comments he made in a recent interview.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a bitterly partisan Democrat who has proposed some of the most permissive abortion laws in the nation, expressed his disdain toward pro-life activists, indicating they are not welcome in the state.
He trashed the infighting among Republicans, claiming the far right is to blame for many of the problems in New York.
“Is the Republican Party in this state a moderate party or is it an extreme conservative party?” he asked. As long as the GOP includes members who believe in the sanctity of life, he suggested his state only has room for far-left Democrats.
“Who are they?” he asked, referring to New York Republicans. “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.”
Leave it to an ideological leftist to put all of a state’s inhabitants into a box, precluding any possibility that there might actually be some room for traditional morality inside the hotbed of moral relativism.
Perhaps he is still upset with Republicans in the state senate who prevented his radical abortion bill from passing last year. Opponents of the bill rightfully argued that Cuomo wanted to raise abortion to the level of a civil right, limiting virtually any restrictions on the murderous act.
No matter his motivation, though, plenty of conservatives are outraged that a governor would make such intolerant remarks about a huge percentage of the nation – and his state. As one prominent New York religious leader expressed on Twitter, Cuomo’s comments are making other states look even more attractive to residents on the right.
Since pro-lifers have no place in NYS, I’m taking suggestions on where I should move my family. Thoughts?
— Dennis Poust (@DennisPoust) January 19, 2014
High taxes and an expanding bureaucracy have already prompted countless conservatives to leave the state. Cuomo apparently wants to purge New York of its remaining right-wingers. Of course, without hardworking conservatives, the fragile entitlement state will likely crumble under the weight of unsustainable demand.
Click here to listen to Cuomo’s entire interview with Susan Arbetter of The Capitol Pressroom.
–B. Christopher Agee
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