A dangerous pattern of Communist Party “democratic centralism” is apparent in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, as evidenced by his backroom lobbying of City Council members to unanimously vote for his leftist comrade, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), as Council speaker under coercion, his seemingly unconstitutional top-down mandate to amend the terms of a city law on sick-pay requirements for small businesses with only five or more employees — potentially devastating in terms of job losses — in cahoots with the speaker without a two-thirds majority vote of the full Council and his nomination of friend and campaign treasurer Mark Peters as head of the city Department of Investigation.

Now that is a huge conflict of interest.

Of course, these political sequelae may be traced to the hegemony of one party, the Democratic Party, in New York City in terms of registered voters, the fact that only about 22 percent of active registered voters voted in the 2013 municipal elections and that racial minorities — 95 percent of African-American and 85 percent of Hispanic voters — voted straight down Democratic lines — typical of Democrats— for de Blasio and Leticia James, the city public advocate and third member of the City Hall Triumvirate.

Hence, New York City essentially has a “minoritarian” government in faces, source and liberal special interest agenda, with the Republican and Conservative parties muted. The Democratic Party is equivalent to a Communist party in its general philosophical and socio-economic ideology and in practice.

They tout their ideas and initiatives as progressive, rather than as policies of a collectivist ideology. James Fenimore Cooper warned that “the true theater of a demagogue is a democracy.”

Benjamin Franklin, in Philadelphia, proposed the procedures for removal of obnoxious leaders: impeachment. In New York state, the governor has the authority to discharge a municipal mayor upon petition of the people. My pen is quivering in my hand.

Semper paratus (Always prepared).

Joseph N. Manago

Briarwood

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