July 15, 2024

In a move that’s sure to ruffle feathers across the spectrum, the Democratic-heavyweights of the New York City Council have lobbed a legal hail mary towards the New York State Court of Appeals. Their mission? To resurrect a law that’s as controversial as a skunk at a lawn party: granting non-citizens the right to vote in Gotham’s elections. Now, if you thought voting was a sacred right reserved for citizens, buckle up because we’re diving headfirst into the rabbit hole.

The law, which had its wings clipped by an appellate court calling it unconstitutional, aimed to let 800,000 non-citizens with green cards punch their tickets in the city’s voting booths. Passed in the twilight of 2021 and rubber-stamped by then-Mayor Bill de Blasio, this piece of legislation became the apple of the city council’s eye.

City Council’s spokesperson, deploying a tone as smooth as butter, claimed this legal maneuver was all about empowering “800,000 New Yorkers” who contribute to the city’s coffers and communities. However, one can’t help but smirk at the timing and the targets of this newfound empowerment, especially when it walks and talks like a duck in election season.

On the Democratic front, they’ve got the NYC Council chamber buttoned down tighter than a drum, with a commanding lead in seats that would make even the most optimistic Republican blush. Yet, Mayor Eric Adams, also a Democrat and law enthusiast, has kept his cards close to his vest, opting for radio silence on the appeal.

Amidst the uproar, pro-immigration voices have chimed in, painting this legal tussle as a David vs. Goliath battle for the ages, with Republicans cast as the big bad wolves trying to keep the downtrodden from having their say at the polls. Contrast that with the stance of Republican Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella, who, without mincing words, reminded everyone that the state constitution hasn’t suddenly become a choose-your-own-adventure book—it clearly states that voting is a right reserved for citizens.

What’s unfolding is more than just a legal squabble over voting rights; it’s a glaring spotlight on a broader strategy that seeks to blur the lines defining who gets a say in the running of our cities, states, and country. It’s an attempt, as some see it, to tilt the electoral scales and a direct challenge to the principles that anchor our republic.

Puppet’s Points:

  • Rights Reserved for Citizens: Last time we checked, voting was a privilege and right reserved for citizens. Call it old-fashioned, but some things are worth preserving.
  • Taxation with Representation: The argument that paying taxes equals a voting pass sidesteps the whole citizenship conundrum like a politician dodging a tough question.
  • Election Season Shenanigans: When laws like this pop up around election time, you can’t help but wonder if there’s more to the story than meets the eye.
  • Legal Limbo: The back-and-forth legal battle over non-citizen voting rights feels more like a political ping-pong match than a serious policy discussion.
  • The Silent Mayor: Mayor Adams’ silence on the appeal is as loud as a mime at a library. It speaks volumes without uttering a single word.

As Benjamin Franklin once quipped, “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” In this case, the City Council seems keen on inviting the whole farm to the table, regardless of whether they understand what’s being served.

And remember Puppet Nation, the Fleece Stops Here!

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