At the 1984 Democrat National Convention, Democrats cheered wildly at the Keynote Address by New York’s Democrat Governor Mario Cuomo. He painted a picture of a Republican party for wealthy elites and a Democrat Party for the middle and lower classes. Referring to A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Governor Cuomo criticized President Reagan for describing America as a “shining city on a hill.” Governor Cuomo preached “In fact, Mr. President, this is a nation — Mr. President you ought to know that this nation is more a “Tale of Two Cities” than it is just a “Shining City on a Hill.”
1984 was 32 years before 2016. That’s when We the People elected Republican President Donald J. Trump, a populist politician. That’s when we gave the boot for the second time to Democrat Hillary Clinton, an elitist politician who disdains “deplorables” and “irredeemables”.
What a reversal! Democrats are going to have to raise Mario Cuomo from the dead, and make him re-write his Keynote Address. Why? Because Democrats now are the wealthy residents of the “shining city on a hill”.
We can snigger at Democrats, and we should. But we should snigger at ourselves even more. Why? Because we elect and re-elect politicians who snigger at us all day every day. Only in America could Ilhan Omar (a poverty-stricken, Muslim, woman of color, immigrant from war-torn Somalia and a refugee camp in Kenya) be granted asylum, be elected to Congress, and be given a bully pulpit from which she calls our Constitution and nation every nasty name in the book.
When politicians talk about “A Tale of Two Cities”, what they really have in their minds is one city for them (a “shining city on a hill”) and an entirely different city for us. If a Senator ever deigns to come to your home town and deigns to talk with you, listen to him carefully and ask yourself this question: Does he think he works for me?
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, George Orwell’s Animal Farm, and George Orwell’s 1984 are not fiction. They touch us deeply … and in our heart of hearts, we all know why.