Routine definitions of the word “citizen” include such phrases as a “person who legally belongs to a country and has the rights and protection of that country” and a person “who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it.”
The common point is the transaction — a citizen gives something and gets something, as does the government.
One of those rights that has universally distinguished citizens from noncitizens is the right to vote. Unfortunately, we can now add that distinction to history’s trash heap thanks to the far left’s war on the nation’s culture and legal systems.
The decision by New York’s City Council to allow more than 800,000 noncitizen immigrants to vote in municipal elections is a watershed moment for the left’s goal of erasing standards and merit in American life.
In this case, the compact between rights and responsibilities is severed, with only the rights remaining to the immigrants who are relieved of any responsibilities to the city and the other 8 million inhabitants.
Here 30 days? OK
Under the measure, in addition to meeting rules for age and registration, the only other requirement is that the immigrants be either lawful permanent residents or authorized to work in the United States. In either case, they can vote starting next January after living in New York for as few as 30 consecutive days.
Yes, 30 days, which is the equivalent of a drive-by vote from people who have sworn allegiance to another nation.
There is no logic or legal argument to this one-sided measure, only a desire to destroy a reciprocal relationship. Under the ever-flexible guise of “equity,” all distinctions are to be erased.
Other examples of this new radicalism abound. The push to drop Gifted and Talented programs in public schools is designed to end any recognition of special ability and effort. As with participation trophies, all children are deemed equally gifted and talented, so there is no need to have selective programs or schools.
Another front opened by the left was the goal of erasing the language that separates legal from illegal immigrants. Even though it remains an accurate description under the law, calling people “illegal” has been deemed an insult against their humanity.
New York, of course, is doubly cursed, with new Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg aiming to erase many distinctions in the criminal code. Bragg says he will not prosecute quality-of-life crimes and most property crimes, and would limit filing charges that could mean prison to murder, sexual assault and a few other cases involving violence.
Similarly, the implications of the council’s vote are so vast that they, too, constitute a change without precedent. For comparison, consider that the 800,000…