Author: QueensLP

Chaos in DC Brings Corruption to NYC

Chaos in DC Brings Corruption to NYC

 

by Michael Arcati, Jan 29, 2020
originally posted on the Forest Hills Times

Do you ever wonder why, in a country of 300 million people, only two parties rule Washington, D.C.? Well, at least there are two parties at the federal level.

In a state of 20 million people and a city as diverse as New York, there is only one party that rules. The Democrats control the governorship, both houses of the legislature, and the Court of Appeals (the highest court in NY).

In New York City, the Democrats control the mayor’s office, City Council, and the courts. Out of 51 council members, only three are Republicans.

While the Democrats love to vilify President Donald Trump, they are secretly thankful for his success. President Trump has silenced all the moderate Republicans in New York, as they are embarrassed to be associated with him.

Anyone that seeks office in New York City as a Republican will be immediately written off as a loss. Now that the Republicans are no longer a threat to the Democrats in the foreseeable

future, they have made moves to solidify their absolute control.

Enterprising candidates that seek to differentiate themselves from the Republicans and Democrats have rallied to other parties, such as the Libertarian Party, Green Party, and Working Families Party.

However, the Democrats do not want any spoilers to challenge them. On January 1, 2020, a new law went into effect that made it even harder for third parties to retain ballot access.

To remain on the ballot, a third-party must draw either 2 percent or 130,000 votes in the general election for governor or president every two years. This is an increase from just 50,000 votes.

Also, to ensure third-party candidates cannot get on the ballot, the law includes increasing the requirement for petition signatures from 15,000 to 45,000. For third-party or independent candidates to receive 45,000 signatures in several months is an arduous task.

Even if an independent candidate passes this impossible feat, both Democrats and Republicans will challenge the petitions before the state Board of Elections. Do you know who appoints the members of the Board of Elections? Democrats and Republicans.

Do you know when the state legislature voted to pass this new law? Trick question: the law did not have to pass in the traditional method; it simply was approved by the nine-member Board of Elections.

Do you know who proposed the change to the law? Jay Jacobs, the chairman of the New York Democratic Party.

“We in America do not have government by the majority,” Thomas Jefferson once said. “We have government by the majority who participate.”

New York Democrats have now ensured that the only people who get to participate in state and city elections are registered Democrats. The only election of interest is the Democratic primary, which is rarely contested. An election that is not contested means the candidate is approved by the party chairman.

For Democrats reading this, you may be thinking, “yes, because we need to unite to stop Trump.” The reason we have Trump as president is the result of a system controlled by two parties. If you only give people two choices, then do not be surprised when the people end up selecting a bad option.

In any competitive system with only two parties, companies, teams, etc., then the only outcome is a zero-sum of win or lose. In a game of win or lose, then there is no room for logical arguments. All discourse turns into personal attacks and an “us vs. them” mentality.

That is the political environment we live in now. Republicans have used this winner-take-all environment to control Washington. Democrats have used this environment to control Albany and City Hall.

The new election law created and implemented by Democrats will end nascent existence of third parties for decades.

There have been multiple instances of corruption in local politics, however Trump and his tweets have grabbed the attention of voters.

The governor’s top aide, Joseph Peroco, was convicted of accepting bribes, but the governor breezed into a third term. Former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, was found guilty of corruption in 2018, but the Democrats took the majority in both houses in the legislature.

In 2019, the New York Times ran multiple articles about the governor’s office exchanging favors for campaign donations. However, there were no formal investigations by any government institution. Absolute power breeds absolute corruption.

More choice at the ballot opens the mind to critical thinking and due diligence by the electorate. More parties elected to the legislature opens the door to more compromise based on logical reasoning.

If you are an independent voter in New York, then wake up to what is happening to democracy in your backyard. If you are a Democrat, then you objectively must know that the new election law is inherently unfair and blatant disfranchisement.

All New York voters should call their assembly members and state senators to demand that this law be repealed. Or go a step further and look at the third-party candidates and see what they offer.

Finally, donate to their campaigns in 2020, as this may be our last chance we have until the final takeover of our government by one party.

Michael Arcati is the chair for the Queens County Libertarians.

April 28, 2020: First-Ever Libertarian Party presidential primary in New York State

April 28, 2020: First-Ever Libertarian Party presidential primary in New York State

Everyone who wants to participate in the 2020 Libertarian primary election process will need to be enrolled Libertarian. Help make more history. Get your friends and family to change their party to Libertarian: https://voterreg.dmv.ny.gov/MotorVoter/

Everyone enrolled in ANY party can vote for Libertarian candidates in the 2020 GENERAL election.

Happy Birthday, Libertarian Party!

Happy Birthday, Libertarian Party!

from the Libertarian Party newsletter

The Libertarian Party of the United States was founded on December 11, 1971, in Colorado Springs. A group of determined Liberty advocates led by David F. Nolan spent five months meeting, debating, and amending what would become the Libertarian Party’s first platform. Recognizing that the Republicans and Democrats had abandoned the original principles of Liberty the American founding fathers had set forth, this group, including John Hospers, Ed Crane, Manuel Klausner, Murray Rothbard, Roy Childs, Tonie Nathan, and Jim Dean, formed a party dedicated to the ideas of all markets being completely free.

Today we are celebrating our 48th birthday and the great gift bestowed upon us and the nation by our party founders — and we hope you will celebrate the day in Liberty.

In 2014, the Libertarian Party began working to purchase a headquarters and established the David. F Nolan Memorial Building Fund. Rent in the DC area has always been extremely high, so purchasing a building saves valuable resources and builds equity for the party’s future. As of November 2019, we have paid off over 80% of the building and 68% of the mortgage! We currently still owe approximately $160,000.

Our physical office location in Alexandria, Va., allows us to be headquartered in the center of the political world and has been a key asset in growing our influence and legitimacy in the last few years, as well as giving our team a home in which to organize. Your gift will be felt by decades of future Libertarians who will go on to grow the party and advance our principles. Ownership of a building in this ideal location will ground us in the work that we do and give a permanent home to those who cannot find a comparable vehicle for liberty with any other party in the political universe.

At the end of an already thrilling year, we have been given an opportunity that will allow our efforts and our funds to be much more focused in 2020 and the gains we will fight for and win.

We are so excited to announce that a gift has been offered to us of up to $60,000 toward the Libertarian Party’s building fund to match any of the birthday gifts you give to the building fund.

This opportunity will double any birthday gift to the Libertarian Party you make and could even allow us to pay off our mortgage in 2020!

Please consider making whatever year-end gift you can to our building fund to help us take advantage of this matching gift!

Thank you, Francisco. From a living room in Colorado to where we are today, we are so grateful for your partnership and your support. We cannot wait to kick off 2020 as our best year ever, once we end 2019 with another victory.

Take Action Today To Protect Your Voter Options in NY

Take Action Today To Protect Your Voter Options in NY

BLATANT DISRESPECT FOR YOU

The Libertarian Party jumped the hurdles that the Democratic and Republican Parties created for competing parties to gain ballot access in NY. We worked hard in 2018 to have the Libertarian party listed on the ballot and on voter registration forms. Now that we’re growing rapidly, with historic candidate wins on the Libertarian line in 2019 and rapid growth in voters choosing the Libertarian Party on their voter registration forms, the Democratic and Republican parties are trying to rig the rules to stop us.

With blatant disrespect for you and all voters, Albany legislators created the Public Campaign Finance Commission, appointed their friends as the commissioners, and gave them authority to change election laws. This Public Campaign Finance Commission voted to make the qualification process for ballot access up to 3 times harder under the guise of setting up a campaign public financing program. The Commissioner Jay Jacobs has a significant conflict of interest in setting up these more challenging rules for smaller parties.  Jacobs was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is coincidentally the head of the state’s Democratic Party, and served as de facto chair. Unless the Albany legislature acts to intervene now, the Commission’s votes will become law for 2020.  
Albany’s Democratic and Republican representatives want to eliminate all competing political parties by making it 3 times harder for smaller parties to get on a ballot access and to maintain that ballot access over time…and then they want to funnel $100 million per year of your hard-earned tax money into campaigns of their own candidates.  Do not let them eliminate your voting options.

TAKE ACTION NOW TO ENSURE YOU HAVE ELECTION CHOICES IN THE FUTURE

As soon as you can TODAY, go to LPNY.org/FairVote and do the following:
  1. Call or email your representatives in the NY Assembly AND the NY Senate. We will help you look up their phone numbers or emails and help you with what to say.
  2. Fill out the web form to tell us how you did.
  3. Spread the word. Only your voices can stop this. With all of us working together, we hope to prevent these election changes from going into effect in 2020.
  4. Donate to the Libertarian Party of New York so we can combat this absurd legislation, including preparation for a potential costly legal challenge.
  5. There is strength in numbers. Get more friends and family to change their party to Libertarian on the NY Voter Registration form – this is one of the things we fought so hard for.  It takes 2 minutes to change your party online.  Be sure the NY Board of Elections has you coded properly. We hear every day from voters whose party is still not properly listed as Libertarian. Check your party online now.
Tell your friends, coworkers, and family members that if they have EVER wanted more parties and perspectives to choose from on Election Day (and millions of voters do), then they need to speak up NOW.  Share the FairVote page. Regardless of their political party, ask them to act today.

 


OUR MOMENTUM WILL NOT BE STOPPED

Cuomo and his Democratic and Republican cronies on this Commission don’t know who they are messing with. They are not counting on you and tens of thousands of Libertarians and allies standing up for this party we have fought so hard to build.  If you value your personal freedom, if you value honest competition and innovative ideas for government, if you want to stop this blatant attempt to squash competition, then make the time to take action today. Our momentum will not be stopped.

No matter what political party you align with, thank you for helping to protect choices and fresh ideas in elections.

Protect Our Ballot Access

Protect Our Ballot Access

taken from https://lpny.org/fairvote/

STEP 1: CONTACT INFO FOR YOUR REPS IN NY ASSEMBLY and NY SENATE

Call or email them both with this information:

I am a voter in your district and I do not support the Campaign Finance Commission’s efforts to destroy the Libertarian Party and other parties in New York that aren’t Democratic and Republican. I am enrolled in the (INSERT YOUR PARTY HERE) party. The Democratic and Republican Parties are in control of every aspect of the rules for their political competitors and cheating those other party competitors is unacceptable. I deserve to have choices and I want to be able to tell my friends and family that my representative didn’t try to stay in power by cheating your smaller competitors.

Sincerely,

(Your full name)
(Your mailing address)
(Your email)
(Your phone number)

STEP 2: TELL US HOW YOU DID

 Go here

STEP 3: SPREAD THE WORD

Share the link to this page with everyone you know and ask them to take the same steps. It doesn’t matter what your current party is. Millions of voters say that a strong third party is vital. Please help make sure that New York doesn’t lead the country in restricting the rights of voters to have those options.

STEP 4: DONATE TO HELP US STOP THIS WAR ON YOUR CHOICES

Donate to the Libertarian Party of New York today so we can be ready quickly for potential costly legal battles.

  • PayPal
  • Or send a check made out to “Libertarian Party of New York” to:

Libertarian Party of New York
PO Box 1627
Batavia NY 14021

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