Hail, Hail The New York Post

The New York Post is one of the few readable newspapers left in this country, for which we can thank the much-hated (by liberals) Rupert Murdoch.

But the Post deserves special gratitude for banging away day after day at the utterly fatuous Occupy Wall Street movement as well as the equally fatuous Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his sanctimonious non-response. Meanwhile The New York Times and the other Democratic Party mouthpieces parroted their dear leader’s (Obama’s) approval of the Zuccotti Park zoo and its odious international franchises.

The Post is the only daily paper totally untouched by what historian Paul Johnson called the phosgene gas of political correctness which has descended on the West. And Post columnist Michael Goodwin has been especially good as he shows in today’s column:

Sanitized Zuccotti Park

It is known as the “broken windows” theory of policing and civic order. Its premise is a simple and accurate barometer of human nature: If a broken window is left unattended, more broken windows, and worse, will follow.

On becoming mayor in 1994, Rudy Giuliani adopted the theory as the chief tenet of his governing philosophy. Those were the days when the city was deemed “ungovernable” because the previous mayor and the liberal catechists declared it so.

Giuliani believed New York could be saved, and developed a plan to focus both on serious crime and on quality-of-life issues. Killers and thieves would be hunted with more rigor, and panhandlers, derelicts, prostitutes and squeegee men would no longer get a free pass. Urinating in public would be cause for arrest.

Media sophisticates sneered, accusing Giuliani of sweating the small stuff and violating the civil rights of “street people.” But the measures were immensely popular among ordinary New Yorkers tired of the daily hassles that made life here unpleasant and unsafe.

The rest really is history, as Gotham quickly became the safest big city in America. The approach was adopted in other urban areas and by Giuliani’s successor, Michael Bloomberg. The result was a crime level that hit historic lows because the NYPD followed the same principles for nearly 20 years.

And then the vagabonds stumbled into Zuccotti Park. Inexplicably, Bloomberg forgot the lessons of broken windows and rolled out the welcome wagon for anarchists, derelicts, stoners and aging adolescents aiming to live off the toil of others.

For two months, the mayor chose not to see or hear the menace that was growing in the park. He defended his inaction by citing the First Amendment, as though it conferred immunity on those who, in the course of making political statements, broke criminal laws…

[He] still doesn’t grasp how his appeasement of a few hundred hoodlums has damaged the city and set up a protracted legal battle.

“Protesters have had two months to occupy the park with tents and sleeping bags,” he said. “Now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments.”

Oh, please. That’s more mush masquerading as principle.

Finally, the mayor said the decision to clear the camp was “mine and mine alone.”

Yes, and so was the foolish mistake to let it fester for two miserable months…

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