ATale of Two Cities” was a Great Uniter of anger and despair, and promised change one could believe in. BdB’s real-life family vouched for Bill’s sincerity, as only a person who doesn’t look down on minorities can. If Barack Obama is a white man in black skin, Bill may be a black man in white skin. Each of them refuses to discriminate and love merit. Comprehend what that means: BdB is a sincere politician, with a 75% vote-mandate. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is going to shock those who stand in opposition to his people’s mandate. No politician who has been elected with less than 75% of the vote ought to take Mayor de Blasio “on.” To do so would be to activate the defacto rainbow coalition of active BdBvoters to vote against the BdBOpposer in 2014. Political poison not many will want to drink. Even those with corruption in their soul, will need to be straight and lawful. Bill de Blasio is amazing, perhaps, even more so as time passes – for it will begin to sink in that he did not change his campaign from beginning to end – the message he started with is the one he ended with – and won 75% of the vote! That message of a “Tale of Two Cities” united so many New Yorkers who found a true champion in BdB: as too many Americans have been left behind.
As Mayor BdB, he will not let them down – because politics as usual won’t dare get in BdB’s way – and his army of activated and unified angry voters will punish any politician who gets in their Mayor’s way. Crime is low, so a new police commissioner will come in. Stop and Frisk, as it is, will end. Judge Scheindlin’s reputation will be rebuilt. Labor will work with Mayor BdB, a man quick on his feet as in his mind, and who will play his budget cards “face up.” Albany has a new 800 pound giant in BdB. No politician in Albany can dream of a 75% voter-victory. So, BdB’s political honeymoon will last longer than most marriages. The people won on November 5th, 2013 by electing Bill de Blasio as their champion to be Mayor – and shockingly, Mayor BdB will not let them down – as he promised them his best, even if it takes time to build a new New York – a city for all New Yorkers. Wait until Mayor BdB uses Gracie Mansion to host New Yorkers who didn’t think they could afford to live in New York anymore. John Lennon, if alive, would say: Imagine – the poor, the lost, the near-beaten will grace the lawn of Gracie Mansion and proudly proclaim: This is My City too! With the American Dream in the ICU of history after trillions of dollars were given to Wall Street, Main Street has a new champion – Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio – to revive the American Dream for all on Main Street. Bill, like Charles Dickens, is a natural champion of the poor.
It is fitting to recall how “A Tale of Two Cities” started: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…” It might as well have been Election 2013 in New York City. To honor Bill, I paraphrase Sydney Carton for him: “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better place that we will go to than any have ever known.” I am proud to have spoken with certainty to so many, from political leaders to community fundraisers, for almost 3 years that Bill de Blasio was a good man – “of, by and for” the people-type – and he will be Mayor. My wife, Ranju, a great fan of Bill’s and of the same view, supported his candidacy and campaign, including, by spending time and sincere effort as a dedicated volunteer to secure him votes, even from folks who didn’t want to vote. Now, he is Mayor-elect of the Greatest City in the world. A time of pride and joy for all Americans – the American Dream has a new champion and the rip-off artists better get out of Dodge.