Allow Me To Explain #NewYorkValues to Ted Cruz

In this post, we explain to Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz exactly what “New York Values” are all about.

Well-known vile, hateful, friendless, ugly, Presidential candidate Ted Cruz made a major misstep this week when he took aim at so-called “New York values” this week. Cruz said in an interview, “The rest of the country knows exactly what New York values are. I got to say, they’re not Iowa values and they’re not New Hampshire values.”

Rather than explain that statement was a mistake, he doubled-down during last night’s Republican Debate, saying that Donald Trump embodies New York values, which are “socially liberal, pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion, focused on money and the media.”

Trump fired back by prattling on mindlessly about 9/11. I don’t like Trump’s response, either, because New York City was the Greatest City in the World before 9/11 as well.

New York City is so much more than that. New York City has been a beacon of liberty, freedom, and creativity for three centuries. New York City is, and has been, been a global leader in art, science, law, music, and business. New York City was the cradle for the establishment of so many rights we Americans hold dear. Here are just some of the things to love about New York, in chronological order.

Religious Freedom & Founding the Nation

  1. In 1657, New York City was the site of the Flushing Remonstrance, the first written statement of religious freedom and a precursor to the Bill of Rights’s guarantee of freedom of religion. Some of the signers of the Flushing Remonstrance were jailed for over a month on rations of bread and water until they recanted.

remonstrance

2. John Bowne, also of Flushing, protested Peter Stuyvesant’s religious persecution and allowed Quakers to meet at his house. He was arrested and sentenced to banishment to Holland; although his bravery led to the end of religious persecution in the colony.

3. New York City was the site of battles during the Revolutionary War, most notably the Battle of Long Island (a.k.a. the Battle of Brooklyn), which was the largest battle of the war. The Battle of Long Island stretched from Gravesend Bay through Prospect Park and into Brooklyn Heights, and 2,000 American troops were killed, injured, or captured. There are countless American heroes from New York, like James Rivington, Alexander MacDougal, and Francis Louis, who you can read about here.

4. You a fan of Alexander Hamilton? He was an adopted New Yorker who attended Columbia University, established the Bank of New York, and practiced law in New York. Do you like the Constitution? Well, Alexander Hamilton helped to write it, and wrote 51 of the 85 Federalist Papers, which to this day remain the single most important reference for Constitutional interpretation.

Abolition of Slavery, Creation of the Grid, and the Civil War

4. New York City passed a law gradually ending slavery as early as 1799 … and all remaining slaves were freed on July 4, 1827.

5. The Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, which established New York City’s remarkable grid system, was groundbreaking and set the tone for New York’s rise to preeminence. It combines “beauty, order, and convenience.” There’s a good view on the Commissioners’ Plan here.

6. In the lead up to the Civil War, New York City was the largest and most influential city in the United States and supported the war effort. New Yorkers like John Jacob Astor III even used their private funds to build military installations (would love to see that today). Overall, no place in the Union raised more money or furnished more troops or lost more lives than New York.

Immigration, Art, and Liberty

7. In 1892, Ellis Island opened, providing a gateway to freedom, liberty, and justice was created, through which millions of immigrants came to America.