Those calling for Cuomo to resign are hypocrites at best

English: Andrew Cuomo, 11th United States Secr...
English: Andrew Cuomo, 11th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and 64th New York State Attorney General as a candidate for Governor of New York, outside of City Hall, little American flags on his tie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is what Gov. Cuomo (D-NY) said,

You’re seeing that play out in New York. … The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.

And a bevy of conservative voices are now calling for the elected official to resign. Why?

In context, it appears to me he is suggesting that the extremists need not come to New York. You know, extremists like those who kill abortion doctors or who rush out to buy the latest weapon found to have killed 20 children. Or extremists like this pundit who said,

“That was his anti-gun legislation, which he had promised not to do, but then he had a little convenient massacre that went on in Newtown, Conn., and all of a sudden there was an opportunity for him,”

These same voices were defending Phil Robertson. Remember, Robertson has no responsibility for people, was not elected to state office, and is a commercial product. Notice as well the rhetoric coming from the conservatives on this – rhetoric that is not based on what the Governor said but on their on agenda.

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Post By Joel L. Watts (10,172 Posts)

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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3 thoughts on “Those calling for Cuomo to resign are hypocrites at best”

  1. A little convenient massacre.

    A little convenient massacre.

    There’s something fundamentally wrong with a person who can even think of that. Two dozen kids, slaughtered. If your first, or second, third, fourth, … really, any … thought is “How is this going to be used against me?” then there is something deeply wrong in your heart and soul. If you can even slightly imagine saying and meaning that Newtown was “a little convenient massacre” then I worry about you.

    1. The question no one in power is asking is whether the seminal factor in school shootings might be public education rather than either firearms or mental illness. That said, this more than likely intentional oversight is quite understandable given both the intend and history of American public education. In fact, there is no such thing as American public education. It’s actually Prussian!

  2. Much like Ted Kennedy and George W. Bush, Andrew Cuomo is an all too predictable product of privilege. As a result, he’s one of those little piles of political feces for whom life has obviously come just a little too easy.
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    Cuomo’s got the mouth of Rudy Giuliani and, most probably having divorced his first wife (not surprisingly a Kennedy) and (at last report) shacked up with a girlfriend, he has the morals of Arnold Schwarzenegger (interestingly enough, also once married to a Kennedy). Moreover, as with Giuliani, and before them Al Smith (Franklin Roosevelt’s challenger in 1932), Cuomo’s soundbites play well in New York but quickly lose their luster in the rest of the country.
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    Frankly, I’m not for Cuomo resigning any more than I want to see Chris Christie pull a Palin (resigning from office in midterm as did former Alaska governor and mouthy moron Sarah Palin). To the contrary, I want both of them to continue making public spectacles of themselves! My only regret is that they’re doing it at public expense.

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