A discussion on “resolution” in our City, for our Party (and all Parties) and in our discourse

On a cold New Year’s Day, I write as the administrator of a blog and welcome discussion here in the comment sections, on facebook or twitter, though twitter does not really allow discourse. The idea of resolution is addressed in its form. The content should open discussion but may or may not in part or in whole represent the view points of the Brooklyn Party or membership. That is almost the point in posting. Rambling as it may be and as is this preamble paragraph, here’s hoping for a successful year for conservative values and policies, and the benefit for all of us. Please forgive any grammatical or stylistic errors- let us have a friendly discussion. –  Ross

One Conservative’s Resolution in and for 2014 by Ross Brady

Among the definitions for resolution in Webster’s dictionary are: the firmness of resolve. Another is: analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones. Whether standing resolute by your principles and objectives or clarifying notions or problems, resolution of the past year and resolution in 2014 is necessary to New York politics and government and extends beyond to our national discourse and government.

In New York City, it is incumbent upon us to resolve to support the successful government of City by Mayor De Blasio. In doing so resolve that the goal but not the means to achieve such exists for all people to live in a safe, affordable premier city. The city must be welcoming to the job creators, the workers and those seeking work, and families of all economic and social strata. Such is accomplished by affording opportunities and not fostering dependency, and not by chasing away job creators by inflicting onerous regulation and taxes where unnecessary.

It must be remembered that the developments derided in the speech by Public Advocate Letitia James at the Mayor’s inauguration, are one’s that caused people to be hired in the communities they opened. Many people are helped when the Barclay Center hires. Jobs have to be a priority in this City. In addition, reducing the threshold for the number of employees to trigger paid sick leave, may not be productive as some small employees hire sporadically and may not be able to hire at all.

Small businesses must be allowed to operate and possibly grow and should have incentives to be good corporate citizens. There is a flip-side to the so-called “living wage” idea and that is the allowance for apprenticeships at a lesser rate of pay. Such would allow for the learning of a trade or vocation for a couple of years, particularly in smaller businesses, where people can get hands-on experience. The ability for both the training and the experience is crucial in a poor or recovering economy.

Political parties need to resolve to reach out to communities underrepresented in their ranks. In the case of the Conservative Party, we need to expand and diversify in order to explain and advocate conservative principles, policies, practices, ideals and priorities in government, as those that will best or better raise standards for people of all strata by creating jobs, spurring investment in businesses, in communities, in schools. Driving the belief that a just, moral and efficient way to further shared goals of all people to afford opportunity, protect those that need protecting, and provide a safe, compassionate society and City, is through provision of tax relief and incentives for public/private partnership in our schools, the creation of enterprise zones, BIDS, job training and industry groups and not by the imposition of taxes that prevent these from occurring. Big government programs have not proven successful as administration of them becomes costly, services are not delivered, and those that may invest in solving problems are driven away. This concept magnifies with the level of government in which a program is administered.

In the Mayor’s effort  to “ask the wealthy to pay more”, his administration must resolve not to underestimate the impact of all tax rates, as they affect the standard of living on the middle and working class, the small business tax generators and job creators. Conservatives and all people of principles must resolve to make sure ‘progressivism’ is not regressive. Good intentions can have bad consequences.

People of all political stripes must resolve to appreciate ‘soaring rhetoric,’ but recognize that it is still rhetoric. It is time to focus on more action and less rhetoric and in doing so both tone down the rhetoric and vitriol. Ideology and values are important, but so is cooperation, collaboration, civil discourse in relationships among parties as well as within government. There are attributes necessary for government to function. Federal, State and Municipal government are deliberative by design, but gridlock is not necessarily a virtue. There are times and issues for which compromise may be necessary for the greater good and for which the fight for those not accomplished can continue, but government can function. Constant crisis management, stop-gap government and entrenchment cannot be the order of the day or the continued order of legislative sessions. Ideals and legislative strategy do not have to be dispensed with to make unpleasant or undesirable agreements in the form of legislation. We should stop demonizing each other and others objectives, even as we vehemently disagree on methodologies. I believe people of all stripes want a better, healthier life and for all people to enjoy and in the common good. We may disagree and struggle to implement the methodologies or principles to make that happen, and we will win some and lose some battles. Those battles must be family spats and not wars.

Let it be resolved that conservatives stand by our principles, advocate in support of policies, laws, issues, movements and candidates that support such. Let people of all parties resolve to convince others of the virtues and truths, and motives of Party positions, without demonizing those that disagree with us. May conservatives provide examples of cooperation, progress and conservative philosophy for our common good, for our children and our future.

Conservatives did well by and large in New York State, but New York City is a much more difficult circumstance. We must resolve to continue the Conservative principles of government and participate in debate, win on ideas and focus on candidates. It takes more than a few leaders, it takes the commitment of us all to engage in civil discourse and raise activity as much as we can to be inclusive, reach-out and avoid vitriolic discourse. Our neighbors may share the same goals and struggles, and we must contend that conservative philosophy and policies better address those.


Looking ahead, on January 26th and 27th, the New York State Conservative Party will hold its Conservative Party Political Action Conference (CPPAC) in Albany. It promises presentation and interaction with conservative thinkers, authors, economists, elected officials and previous candidates and leaders. It is a place and opportunity to re-connect and to resolve to support the principles, policies and ideas of the movement. It is also an opportunity to reflect and resolve issues, to formulate the message and how to relate the message to the people of New York and beyond who share in the common goal of a better and just society and effective government.

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