Towns, Villages, And The Big City
January 31, 2022
Life is different in the small towns and villages
than in the teeming, bustling big city,
and those who live within its borders will often say,
it’s a cold hard place without pity.
In small towns and villages across America, I imagine people co-exist in harmony. Yes, like most of us, they too might have problems, especially in these traumatic times of unrest and great anxiety, but then I tend to think life can be somewhat easier, quieter, picturesque, and perhaps more peaceful there.
Unless you have visited one of these slices of Americana with their quaint tree-lined streets, businesses owned and operated by residents, most of whom know one another, maybe even an ice cream parlor, pool hall, apothecary, food market, and at the end of the main thoroughfare a school and chapel, then you can only imagine it, perhaps having to rely on a setting out of a motion picture or book.
You have to admit, what I describe seems like a nice, pleasant, and wholesome place to live and raise a family and vastly different, even otherworldly, from what lies beyond its borders. There are other places, less inviting, where life can be violent, dangerous, hazardous, crime-infested, and deadly, and where the residents can be impatient and harsh in temperament, unpleasant, and looking for trouble. Welcome to the big city.
Take New York City for example. Composed of five boroughs, over 8 million residents, many illegal, and like other major urban areas governed by a long-term Democratic machine of extreme, ideological, and radical demagogues. In 2022 the new mayor, a Democrat, along with a city council comprised of a cadre of progressive activists, assumed the reins of government, once again. While campaigning, the candidate promised to seize control of the escalating crime wave, and reinvigorate support of the New York City Police Department that was diminished under his predecessor.
After less than a month in office, the new Mayor has voiced certain statements that some believe sound more like what most of the American people have come to expect from progressive governance; we shall see. Unlike the towns and villages mentioned at the beginning, what awaits you in the “City that never sleeps” is I would tend to think vastly different.
The residents of New York City woke up in the New Year to a plethora of progressive insanity, for instance:
* Over 800,000 non-citizens, legally documented, will have the right to vote in local elections. Republican and conservative groups are challenging in court this disconcerting attempt to diminish standards of citizenship, and subvert elections, and what many believe an unscrupulous attempt to expand the voter roles that Democrats believe will favor them.
* An attempt to distribute virus test kits and vaccinations based on race was quickly thwarted by the new administration, after which it opened up new testing sites across the city, especially in impoverished neighborhoods.
* In another despicable move to revise history and diminish the ethos of Western Civilization, a statue of the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, which stood in front of the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan for over 80 years, was removed from its pedestal. The statue depicted the president mounted on a horse, while a Native American and African American stood on each side. The statue's composition was protested by leftwing activists and was deemed racist and as glorifying colonialism.
* In their never-ending pursuit to normalize and indoctrinate into the mindset of society, especially the young, the transgender movement, progressives and the Governor of New York State have recently introduced an accommodation to prisoners. Inmates will be given the option of serving their time in the jail of their gender choice. Should a transgender female - a biological male - and a transgender male - a biological female - prefer to serve time in a women’s prison or men’s prison respectively, will be a new policy.
* The subway system has been the primary transport vehicle for the working class. With the outset of the pandemic, and ridership greatly diminished, 18 innocent people have been pushed to their deaths onto the train tracks. The mentally ill, homeless, and psychopaths roam the underground, with impunity due to a reduction of law enforcement.
* Crime is at all-time highs, and it is not only innocent civilians that have met their demise on the streets. This New Year has seen five police officers shot in the line of duty, and two of these brave men, partners, have succumbed to their injuries, one a 22-year-old rookie.
This is but a little of what life in the big city offers its residents; the tragic events and also the ridiculous policies enacted, make New York for many people, unlivable; many have left for greener pastures. The radical progressive leftwing in local and state governments have twisted and corrupted conventional standards of decency, normality, and law and order, in a city on the ragged edge.
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