There may not be a better example of liberal elitist hypocrisy than the recent episode of Mayor de Blasio in New York. It’s the apotheosis of the adage “do as I say not as I do.” One of the first initiatives of the new administration was to promote a 62-point safety program to reduce traffic accidents in the city. One of the main components of the plan is to reduce the speed limit to 25 m.p.h. “We want the public to know,” the mayor said, “that we are holding ourselves to this standard.” Well not for long.
When the mayor’s entourage was clocked speeding, running red lights and stop signs two days after announcing his plan, he was justifiably lampooned in the media. Because of all the bad press in the aftermath, he decided to address the issue then, inexplicably, directed reporters to the comments made by the police commissioner who defended the actions of the mayor’s detail as being proper protocol. So far Bratton has been used twice in the span of a few weeks to add some cover to the mayor’s indiscretions.
A short while prior to this incident, the mayor interceded for a bishop who, when stopped for a traffic violation , was found to have some outstanding warrants and would have been incarcerated had the mayor not made a call to the police. Just as he would do for you if you found yourself in a similar circumstance, I’m sure.
When Commissioner Bratton was asked by reporters if he had a problem with the mayor calling the precinct commander for the bishop’s release, in the vaguest of terms said no. He seems to be acting as de Blasio’s mentor. I know it’s early but I wonder if Bratton is positioning himself for a run for mayor. Especially when de Blasio’s act is already starting to get stale two months into his administration. And he hardly looks like a chief executive especially when juxtaposed against his predecessor, Mayor Bloomberg.
When de Blasio beats his drum about inequality and injustice as if he has a monopoly on righteousness, he’d be smart to look within because the hypocrisy of the far left to act so concerned with the downtrodden seems to have a double standard. They are in the 1 percent. They and their disciples are immune from the constraints the 99 percent of the rest of us must deal with day in and day out. Unless, of course, someone is willing to pick up the phone on our behalf.