Emmett Tyrrell
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WASHINGTON -- I am afraid that fewer than one million out of the 4.3 million registered voters of New York City have settled upon the Big Apple a bad apple for mayor, the Hon. Bill de Blasio. What some three million registered New Yorkers were doing when 752,604 of their fellow citizens elected this Bad Apple to the mayor's mansion, I do not know. New York City embraces a very sophisticated citizenry, possibly the most sophisticated of any city in America. So perhaps they were all at a museum on Election Day or writing poetry or learning ancient Greek. But while they were indulging themselves, the moron vote brought from obscurity to Gracie Mansion a clod.

He worked for the Sandinistas in Nicaragua in 1988! He honeymooned in Cuba in 1991! He claims he never saw any Sandinista brutality in Nicaragua, and that "it's well-known that there's been some good things that happened in" Cuba. He might be referring to the Cuban gulag. From now on I am traveling to New York incognito. I suggest you do, too.

This bad apple is the epitome of a demagogue, but he is also only semi-literate. In his inaugural address he said things like "Big dreams are not a luxury of the privileged few." Actually a luxury is "an inessential, desirable item that is expensive or difficult to obtain." So says the New Oxford American Dictionary, and all other American dictionaries pretty much agree. A dream is not a luxury. He ranted on, the city "is not the exclusive domain of the One Percent." This is the cant of the radicals who in recent years were taking over parks and other public places, fouling them with their bodily discharges and committing petty crimes -- some not so petty, for instance, rape and mayhem. If de Blasio were more careful with his rhetoric, he would refrain from using the language of barbarians.

Yet he cannot resist such demagogic urge, because he thinks he has been raised to the mayorship of a third world metropolis. Actually, New York City includes, along with its one percent, a prosperous middle class and an industrious working class -- along with its impoverished minority. The impoverished are the unfortunates of the city, but things are being done to help them, and the most promising things being done are in education where the lucky ones go to charter schools. Many of the very poor rely on these charter schools. Now with the complicity of the teachers unions, de Blasio wants to make the challenges of the charter schools even greater. He will, if he has his way, have all students enrolled in the city's failing schools.

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Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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