Pricey Mayor de Blasio:
In your public address on November 21, you referred to the worry and dismay New Yorkers are feeling since Donald Trump’s election. You vowed to withstand any federal insurance policies that violate New Yorkers’ rights, pursuits, or values. You referred to as this “a second when New York Metropolis wants to face tall. We have to stand collectively.” Noting that current circumstances are “as unprecedented as they’re gloomy and painful to ponder,” you recommended that, “New York, as a Free Metropolis, might shed the one mild and hope.”
Oh wait, you didn’t say that final bit. That was your predecessor Mayor Fernando Wood, talking after the election of Abraham Lincoln 156 years in the past. However perhaps his notion of New York’s seceding from the Union to turn into a free and unbiased city-state is value revisiting.
In 1860, nearly all of New Yorkers detested Abraham Lincoln and what they believed he stood for. We did a variety of enterprise with the South and the town voted towards him. When he was elected—simply barely—many New Yorkers foresaw catastrophe for our metropolis.
In December 1860, Southern states, satisfied that President Lincoln would attempt to make them surrender their slaves, began to secede. New York businessmen, who carried out big volumes of commerce with the cotton-growing South, have been forged into deep despondency. They feared that Southern secession, and the armed battle that might certainly comply with, would convey financial disaster to New York. So Mayor Wooden steered that if the cotton states have been leaving the union, we should always tag alongside with them.
Okay, we have been flawed about Lincoln, and fallacious to ally ourselves with the slave states. However we’re not mistaken about Donald Trump. America and the world might know a factor or two concerning the president-elect, however no one is aware of him longer or higher than New Yorkers. We’ve suffered his ego, his vanity, his narcissism and vulgarity for many years. We voted against him 4 to 1. We solely voted 2 to 1 towards Lincoln.
As you famous, we’re a robust, vibrant, numerous group of eight.5 million. There are greater than 130 nation-states around the globe with smaller populations, together with Israel, Eire, Denmark, and Bahrain. We’re the banking and finance capital of the world. We now have one of many world’s best seaports, and most of the world’s greatest minds. And because the Observer reported earlier this year, New Yorkers ship Washington much more in federal revenue tax than the town will get again. Federal funding now represents lower than 10 % of the town’s annual finances.
As a free city-state, we might keep robust and pleasant relations with the civilized world, together with outposts of enlightenment on this continent. You stated final week that we should set the instance. Sure, let’s. The Republic of California has been threatening to break away for years. Perhaps if we go, they’ll comply with. Little question the Conch Republic will come alongside. And what of Washington, D.C.? They voted virtually unanimously towards Trump. He could possibly be pressured to maneuver the seat of his authorities to Bedminster.
There can be small however scrumptious pleasures. When he needs to spend the weekend in Trump Tower, we will maintain him up on the border processing his paperwork till Monday morning. And once we clarify to individuals from the remainder of the world that he’s not our president, which we’ll should do each 5 minutes for the subsequent 4 years at the least, we will actually imply it.
Additionally, if Staten Island nonetheless needs to secede from our metropolis, it’s solely truthful play to allow them to. However say bon voyage to free ferries.
Give it some thought, Mr. Mayor. Your tackle signifies that you simply’re already midway to Nexit. Let’s take a daring, New York-style leap, and provides Trump’s America the Bronx cheer.
John Strausbaugh is the writer of City of Sedition: The History of New York City during the Civil War
Disclosure: Donald Trump is the father-in-law of Jared Kushner, the writer of Observer Media.