Lee Zeldin and the Empire State Exodus: Is Sane Government Still Possible in New York?

by Edward R. Zuckerbrod, American Thinker:

Due in no small part to the irresponsible acts of New York lawmakers, New York lawbreakers — those contained in the entire huge state, not just the five boroughs comprising the heavily populated, strife accustomed city — are enjoying a field day. Criminals are going about their business with an unprecedented sense of impunity. While lawful firearm owners possessing legitimate needs for self-defense are burdened with ever more onerous regulations and restrictions, thieves and killers experience not the slightest difficulty illegally acquiring weapons to ply their trades.

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Sadly, they’re fortified with the knowledge that the odds of ever facing serious jail time for their crimes are getting longer by the day. As a result, eruptions of uncontrolled, often terrifyingly random violence are becoming commonplace throughout the state.

In 2019, in furtherance of the misplaced compassion contained in the ACLU-hyped proposition that “wealth should not determine liberty,” the noisily influential Democrat social justice warriors in New York’s state legislature, with the tentative approval of then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo who dragged along the rest of the intimidated Dem machine, rammed through the disastrous piece of ethno/racial pandering commonly known as cashless bail. This “reform,” ostensibly providing fair treatment for poorer defendants without the financial means to post cash bail or arrange bond, eliminated its requirement altogether for all but the most heinous of offenses. The practical effect was to exponentially speed up an already quickly revolving door, putting repeat offenders and career criminals back on the streets with veritable lightning speed.

To make matters worse, it mostly eliminated a judge’s discretion to consider denying pre-trial release based upon past criminal activity or the likelihood that the defendant poses a danger to the public.

Their subsequent frantic efforts to legislatively patch some of the more egregious holes in this blunder have not alleviated its pernicious effects.

Aside from the backhanded prejudice buried in the notion that releasing dangerous criminals onto the streets is somehow giving a “break” to minority citizens — people who are easily the most accessible victims of these freed menaces — it has also worked to profoundly dispirit police departments across the state. Routinely vilified and undermined by self-serving politicians in today’s BLM-inspired atmosphere, police are quite naturally becoming disinclined to do their jobs with the confident aggressiveness necessary to meet the current acute threat. Often perpetrators are released from custody before arresting officers have even completed their paperwork.

As a result, departments all over New York State are seeing trained, experienced officers leave for places where the risks they take daily will be more appreciated, and they’ll be treated with a modicum of respect.

And they are not alone.

Similar to what’s occurring in states like California and Illinois, the one-party vise grip on power exercised by New York Democrats is working to make the state increasingly unlivable. They’re creating a Bizarro World where decent, law-abiding people of all colors and backgrounds are offered-up as fodder; sacrifices to the ambitions of a corrupt, but superbly well-guarded elite. Those who have not already fled to more securely habitable locales remain with an ever-growing sense of vulnerability; not just as prey for criminals, but as voiceless pawns of an oppressive, remote and arrogantly unaccountable state government.

The abrupt resignation under fire of the previously undisputed King of all COVID Press Conferences Andrew Cuomo, has given the people of New York a rare opportunity to do something to repair the rot and reverse the retrograde tide pulling our state towards oblivion.

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