de Blasio is a double whammy…he is of course a big time Jew-hater, and also a garden variety power-mad politician, albeit with a large mandate…New York City. But the biggest city in the country or a small town…most of these politicians are the same…they love to flex their muscles by dictating how we live our lives. And those orders come at the point of a gun…metaphorically in most cases but here in the People’s Republic Of New York the jack-booted thugs — the wielders of state-sanctioned violence — have been dispatched to violate our rights.
And let us not pretend that this exhibition of state power and coercion is not on a continuum. There is a clear path from violating one seemingly minor right to violating the ones that you hold dear. Sure, those weird looking Hasidic Jews probably won’t fight back, so they are an easy target. Besides, they are Jews, so why not make an example of them? It’s just a funeral, or a wedding, or some strange religious ritual that most of us find odd.
Hitler and Stalin and Mao didn’t start with mass killings. They began by desensitizing the people to their goals. “Oh, it’s just a mask,” or, “nobody really needs to go to the range” seem so benign, but it is the beginning, not the end.