In his typical “my way or the highway” recent interview with Susan Arbetter on the Capital Pressroom program, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made it crystal clear that there is no room in New York for those who disagree with King Andrew.

He stated, “The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans. It’s more about extreme Republicans. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay?”

Cuomo continued, “Is that who they are? Because, if that is who they are, and they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

Isn’t that odd? What happened to the tolerance toward differing opinions that the liberals are always preaching? Our dictator defines extremists as those who oppose abortion, believe firmly in the Second Amendment, and define marriage as the union between a man and a woman. (By the way, governor, that doesn’t make them anti-gay.)

Consider, Governor, those gray-haired ladies in church on Sunday, or the old gents in the local diner telling tall tales about their youth. Do they want to have a baby’s skull crushed in the womb and its brains sucked out through a tube?

Do they want to change the definition of marriage to one that disagrees with their God and their Bible? Should these old soldiers forfeit the weapons with which they saved our freedom?

If they answer “no,” does that make them evil, and no longer welcome in New York? Does that make them extremists? In Gov. Cuomo’s New-York, apparently!

Think about what Gov. Cuomo is saying! Isn’t he talking about your grandfather or grandmother or maybe, your aunt or uncle? Do you or your parents fit the description of Cuomo’s unworthiness?

If these are extreme positions, and New York has no room for these people, say goodbye to nearly every Catholic priest, Christian pastor and Jewish rabbi. They are extremists all, and unwelcome in New York.

Hold the exit door open for most veterans, too. They’re no longer welcome in Cuomo’s New York. Yes, our veterans, those soldiers who have bled, so Gov. Cuomo has the freedom to make an ass of himself. Bid adieu to many police and most sportsmen, too.

If Cuomo has his way, most traditional, family-oriented believers in the sanctity of life, supporters of the Bill of Rights, would leave New York. They are not welcome here.

Oh, gracious King Andrew, what would you have left in your Land of Oz? Damn near 100 percent of us, deemed “unworthy” are employed and paying taxes. Thousands, upon thousands, are business owners, and those businesses would leave with us.

You may prefer a state made up of Andrew’s chosen, but I’d take my chances with individuals and their children reared in Judeo-Christian values. One must admire a child who can put his hand on Mommy’s tummy, feel a kick, and know it is a life worth living.

I’d go with families who follow the Bible and its teachings, and I’ll gladly live near men and women who would bear arms to protect their families and their country.

But, what would you have left, Gov. Cuomo? Certainly, a population that values human life less, a society that is willing to change institutions that have lasted for thousands of years and are based on religious beliefs, and one so shallow that it finds “safety” in banning a simple weapon, not in punishing the criminal.

Now, with the intellectual elite in charge and populating the state from NYC to Buffalo, without us pesky, hardworking, taxpaying, business-owning extremists around, New York will be a liberal’s utopia. All of your grand ideas like “equality of income” aka Socialism, universal healthcare, free housing, more welfare and food stamps, etc... will be possible. It will be a liberal’s Heaven on Earth!

One more thing, Gov. Cuomo: When that day comes, how can a practicing Catholic, like yourself, explain to St. Peter why so many babies were aborted (killed) on your watch and with your encouragement? Your state, New York, is No. 1 one in reported abortions, and you are trying to expand that woman’s “right” even later into the pregnancy. God forgive us all.

About Jesus and St. Peter? I’d bet they’d be pro-life. If I’m right, to quote our governor, “they have no place in the state of New York ...”

Note: All politics aside, have you heard another governor, senator, etc., speak that way about his constituents? This man was elected to serve New Yorkers, not condemn and deride large segments of his state’s population. Tells you something about the man’s soul, doesn’t it?

CHUCK PINKEY is a retired area businessman. He can be reached at The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board, but the author thinks they ought to. 

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