Spitzer’s Revenge

The former and deposed Governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, probably never thought that he would be driven from office, but just in case any of his multitude of enemies got that gleam in their eyes, Spitzer would have the flaky goofball David Paterson as Lieutenant Governor and legal successor to scare them off.

Paterson is a nice enough guy, by all appearances, but being nice doesn’t preclude having the ordinary totalitarian instincts of the far leftward political cult that comprises New York State liberals. It’s a common delusion for them to think they are all Abraham Lincolns while they act like Benito Mussolinis.

Paterson has now made his first appearance on Benito’s balcony by ordering state agencies to recognize “gay marriages” performed in other states and countries. We have the New York State legislature to make changes of that magnitude in New York State, but Paterson thought that he would simply go with an old-fashioned fascist decree. It makes things so much simpler not to get involved with the representatives of New York’s citizens on such sensitive politically correct matters. After all, there’s the Upper West Side of Manhattan to please.

Here’s a few graphs from the linked New York Times article dated today, May 29. Aside from the direct admission of the fascist methodology, see if you notice something else:

In a directive issued on May 14, the governor’s legal counsel, David Nocenti, instructed the agencies that gay couples married elsewhere “should be afforded the same recognition as any other legally performed union.”

The revisions are most likely to involve as many as 1,300 statutes and regulations in New York governing everything from joint filing of income tax returns to transferring fishing licenses between spouses.

In a videotaped message given to gay community leaders at a dinner on May 17, Mr. Paterson described the move as “a strong step toward marriage equality.” And people on both sides of the issue said it moved the state closer to fully legalizing same-sex unions in this state.

Got it? The “directive” was “issued” fifteen days ago by the Governor’s lawyer. It was touted by the Governor in a videotaped message to gay leaders twelve days ago. The Times, the supposed “newspaper of record,” is reporting it into the record today.

Somebody kept the lid on the fascist decree for over two weeks. That strategy is fairly typical: the act can at once be seen as a freshly revealed fait accompli, both news and old news at the same time. It was, in effect, a secret fascist decree, for those two weeks, giving the executive action an apparent two-week head start on its critics, who would be left to object to something already done behind their backs.

Now, listen to the Times reporter flying over the totalitarian impulse behind the decree:

The directive is the strongest signal yet that Mr. Paterson, who developed strong ties to the gay community as a legislator, plans to push aggressively to legalize same-sex unions as governor. His predecessor, Eliot Spitzer, introduced a bill last year that would have legalized gay marriage, but even as he submitted it, doubted that it would pass. The Democratic-dominated Assembly passed the measure, but the Republican-led Senate has refused to call a vote on it.

Short of an act by the Legislature, the directive ordered by Mr. Paterson is the one of the strongest statements a state can make in favor of gay unions.

A “directive” that literally changes the meaning of marriage is described as merely “the strongest signal yet.” It’s the result, really, of “strong ties” with the “gay community.” And “short of an act by the Legislature,” whatever that is, it’s one of the “strongest statements a state can make.”

What a lot of strong action! It rather reminds me of the marvelous “strength” of our modern Benito Mussolini, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

Now, let us see what the reaction will be of the people who actually make the laws in New York State, the, ah, lawmakers in the legislature.

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