Congratulations. The Republicans have finally taken control of the New York State Senate after the evil Democrats’ long tyrannical reign over New York State. The new Republicans promise a bipartisan effort to move forward and eliminate the old corrupt ways of Democrats doing business behind closed doors and keeping certain people out of the process. After a long and terrifying period of the democrats’ old stagnation politics and back-door deals, we are free at last, free at last.
If this doesn’t sound familiar, then you haven’t been living in New York at any point in the last 70 years.Republicans finally get a taste of their own medicine and suddenly they are the party of reform and bipartisanship. I’m not buying it, and neither should any liberal. Democrats gain control for a few months, and immediately the Republicans are up in arms as if they haven’t been playing the same games for decades.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to any Democrat; we are just as much to blame for the coup as they are. What have Democrats really accomplished in their short time? I’ve heard a lot of bickering, not a lot of transparency, and very little progress on important civil rights issues or health care. I am talking to you Mr. Brian Foley. We didn’t elect you to put up with this nonsense. What happened to change and progress? You let them distract you, just like we always do. Democrats never fail to fall apart when it counts, and this late attempt to stop the coup is just the epitome of their attitude towards getting things done.
But, maybe giving the minority party more power will be a good thing in the long run. I think it was certainly a good thing to give the long-standing Republicans a scare. Now they know New York is liberal enough to beat them and they may have changed their attitude as a result. The current rhetoric is nonsense, but I hope Democrats can learn something from this. Keep the bickering behind closed doors, and make unified decisions in a transparent manner. Republicans will continue to do whatever they can to hold on to power. Appreciate it as part of the democratic process and never stop pushing back.