New York State Corruption: A Conversation

landowners and laborers - Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist at NYRAD-R

Vic Furman’s had an imaginary conversation with some of our Founding Fathers about the tyranny that is modern New York and the costs of New York State corruption.

I had one of those weird dreams this week. I dreamed I had a television program called “Table Talk” and had the opportunity to sit down with some of our founding fathers and a character named “Andrew Dice Cuomo.” We were all together to discuss the state of my state – New York State – and something that has been deeply troubling me, namely the ever deepening New York State corruption that threatens to swallow whole the people of this beautiful state I call home.

The “Founding Fathers,” of course, didn’t live in a perfect world either. They were real men, not those faces chiseled in the stone of Mount Rushmore or featured on postage stamps or gods from Mt. Olympus. Rather, they were men who argued, had political enemies, influential wives, stubborn streaks, debts and health problems. Just like politicians today; with one major exception. They believed in the rule of law, despite huge disagreements on so many other things.


Thomas Jefferson presenting Declaration of Independence to John Hancock

I imagined myself first interviewing two of the signers of the Declaration of Independence that separated our nation from what had become a lawless Britain. Here’s how it went:

Me: Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock, if you were alive today to see this great divide in the State of New York when it comes to taking part in America’s shale revolution and the way Governor Cuomo has handled the situation, what would you say about it and the New York State corruption that seems to have influenced the decision? Thomas, you first please.

Thomas Jefferson: Well, Vic, I would have to say a leader should rely upon sources that can be trusted to be non biased and factual, letting science rule the day. I’d ask myself two questions:
What is the overall benefit to all the people and not just the special interests?

Have I done my due diligence, looked at the process, evaluated risk and reward and educate the public on my findings as well as the findings of my peers?

Then, I would meet with those opposed and reassure them that as a new nation we must move forward, not dwell on the past and not let our future be determined by tyrants who would run the country for their own benefit, “for I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

Me: John Hancock, you were one of America’s richest men in 1776, so how would you respond to the wealth of monies maliciously used to spread false information and turn the Governor of New York against natural gas drilling in the state?

John Hancock: Vic, my friend, that is an important question, for even in my day there was corruption not unlike the New York state corruption we see today. That’s exactly what was taking place in Britain and why I risked my wealth to restore the rule of law. All the money and riches in the world cannot buy honor or truth. We had to deal with Benedict Arnold and you have Andrew Cuomo.

Me: We would now like to welcome to the show the present governor of New York,  Andrew Dice Cuomo. Governor Cuomo, you’ve heard what John Hanock just said about you. How do you respond and how do you explain what happened on December 17th when, in your televised address to the state, you declared you had nothing to do with the decision to ban fracking in New York, which is clearly not the case. You, in fact scripted the entire event and lied about it. Isn’t that correct Governor? Would you care to comment on this, sir?

Cuomo: I certainly did not tell a lie. I had nothing to do with the decision. It was all the idea of that crackpot former brother-in-law of mine, Robert Kennedy. He wrote the script, not me. You remember back in 2012, how it was him who advised me to wait on the Geisinger health study. You know I can’t do everything and, frankly, the Southern Tier just doesn’t have enough votes for me to waste my time on people too stupid to leave for greener pastures. If they want gas drilling, they can move to Pennsylvania for all I care.

Me: But, Governor, the “Geisinger health study was never funded and never got off the ground. How can you use that and your former brother-in-law as an excuse? Isn’t the buck supposed to stop with you?

Cuomo: That’s just a formality! Real New Yorkers don’t care what I do upstate.

Me: Governor, you also relied upon another controversial study that was apparently “peer-reviewed” by fractivists such Sandra Steingraber. How can you possibly explain that direct conflict of interest?

Cuomo: Well Vic… we are not embedded in the politics of the 1700’s and all that mumbo-jumbo. We’re in the 21st century now, where cash talks and the poor walk. As long as Steingraber and Kennedy can secure the attention of Hollywood and generate the campaign cash from those useful idiots and other special interests, I’m ok with it. Those Southern Tier loudmouths can’t even afford the taxes I’ve imposed on them, so how were they going to do anything for me if I went their way?  They don’t have the votes and they don’t have they money. Who needs them?

So ended my weird dream and imaginary conversation. Then I read what Cuomo had to say on the death of his father, in his most infamous quote to date:

“I somehow stumbled through and became a governor,” he said. “I’ve told you that story. It was all luck. Luck and nothing else.”

Luck had nothing to do with it. It was the “Buffalo Billion” and Start-Up-NY political ads paid for by taxpayers, the broken promises to the socialist “Working Families Party,” and a host of other political payoffs and scandalous maneuvers. It was New York State corruption, pure and simple, and I hope Preet Bharara takes Cuomo down with the rest of our corrupted politicians.

As for me, I will never give up, I will go to prison, disappear from the face of the earth, or simply die of mysterious circumstances before I quit fighting for landowners rights and our energy independence from foreign dictators. Landowners are now engaged and we are going to be fiercely involved in the protection of our constitutional rights, using non-violent methods proven to work. This is our pledge. Join us. We need your help for protests, we need you for television interviews and we need your participation in other events that send a message to Cuomo that we’re tired of the New York State corruption and not going to take it anymore. This is no weird dream. This is our plan to fight for Upstate New York.

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4 thoughts on “New York State Corruption: A Conversation

  1. Pingback: New York State Corruption: A Conversation | ShaleNOW

  2. The days are getting longer Vic . Too damn cold for now. Maybe King Quomo will be hauled in soon? It,s not very likely Silver will go down alone ? After that we will have a even better beef with them!

  3. Vic, when you say you’re for our energy independence from foreign dictators, would you be cool with legislation stipulating no exports of energy produced in America until America was energy independent?

    Because doesn’t a lot of this subject matter have to do with money more than it does with energy? Money for landowners and money for operators?

    • Energy independence means just that. Independent from relying for our needs from an outside source. It does not have anything to do with commerce and I see no fault of selling to countries without energy so they may have the same benefits as we enjoy. I would be in support of a bill that makes sure our needs are met before the sale of surplus

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