The Fifth Column(ist): Notes and musings from a conservative living and working in New York City

Ed Kozak writes about his life as a conservative living in New York City. This week: Marco Rubio, Chris Dorner, and monarchy

by Ed Kozak on 16 February 2013 11:59

Ah, New York City. My birthplace and a town close to heart. Being a conservative and trying to carve out a satisfying existence in this place can be tough, bastion as it is of political leftism and moral relativism.

This column is what I can most accurately described as my ‘happy place’, the precious space where I can reflect on the liberal foolishness I see and experience on a daily basis in the Big Apple.

New York is a wonderful city but, as is well-known, we do have our issues with vermin. The rats infest the sewers, the cockroaches the walls, and progressives the streets. It can be hard at times for those culture warriors in more civilised areas of the States (i.e. anywhere but the coasts) to understand just what it’s like being of sound opinion in an unsound city.

If you're familiar, imagine the Conservative Political Action Conference, or Conservative Party conference in the UK, but a left wing version. Now imagine that instead of a three day conference, it’s all day, every day, year round. Yeah, you’re getting there.

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I took note of Senator Marco Rubio’s comment about his parents and Medicare in response to the State of The Union this week. Looking after our parents is surely our own responsibility, not that of our neighbors. The Republican Party really needs to stop making concessions to the left. It’s clear the modern Democratic Party is now the party of ideological leftism, and how can we ever hope to make a legitimate argument against leftism when we support certain leftist policies?

Speaking of Rubio, his is certainly a great story, as are the stories of every immigrant who came to America, embraced the American creed, and worked hard to create a better life for his children. The elephant in the room is the number of immigrants who want to come here and don’t care all that much for American ideals, and don’t want to work hard. If welfare rolls in California are anything to go by, this is a disconcertingly high number, and even the most generous amnesty terms aren’t going to garner the GOP any votes.

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I was astonished to read on the Townall website that a black professor praised Chris Dorner on national television. I don’t doubt for a second that LAPD is one of the most corrupt organisations in America, but even if Dorner’s side of the story is true, it does not give him the right to murder the people involved, let alone their relatives.

I find the number of people who have asked me what I think of Dorner (as if voicing support for him would be as reasonable and valid an opinion as condemnation) to be incredibly distressing. I suppose it shouldn’t be surprising really, given the dictatorship of relativism to which we are subjected.

I had the following exchange recently and thought it was too good not to share with you. The background to this is a co-worker overhearing a conversation I was having in which I was voicing my support for the monarchical form of government and a healthy aristocracy:

Co-worker: Wait, so you’d actually be okay with living in a society in which you’d have to answer to your supposed social superiors?

Me: Well, I’ve spent my life living in a society in which I have to answer to my actual social inferiors, so I’m perfectly willing to give it a try.

Okay, granted a big part of the comedic value in this was the look of absolute shock and horror on my co-worker's face. As Voltaire said, "I’d rather obey a fine lion, much stronger than myself, than two hundred rats of my own species."

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