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Consider Libertarians

Dear Editor,

In response to Mr. Carney's letter, I suggest we ignore all the candidates like Spitzer who have been chosen by the kingmakers and the party bosses. Despite the snub by the mainstream media and the League of Women Voters, there is a third candidate on the ballot for governor this November.

He's John Clifton, and he's running on the Libertarian ticket only. As a matter of fact, the Libertarian Party of New York will have candidates on the ballot for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. Senate, attorney general and state comptroller and they won't be running on any other lines. (The other candidates are Donald Silberger, Jeff Russell, Christopher Garvey and John Cain, respectively.)

John Clifton was excluded from the debate between Faso and Spitzer because he doesn't have a lot of money or a lot of media attention or so was the reasoning of the League of Women Voters. Never mind that the Libertarians busted their butts and got more than enough of the required signatures to get on the Ballot. (Funny. I thought the League was created especially to encourage and bring attention to other voices in the political discourse.)

Such is the plight of third parties, which have an uphill battle in New York State. The media hasn't paid any attention to one Bob Olson either the Integrity Party candidate for Suffolk County Comptroller. The retired New York State Trooper has a justifiable bug in his bonnet about the Marty Tankleff case. Although the office of comptroller has very little, if any, bearing on that matter, it can provide Bob with a platform to speak about this particular miscarriage of justice. Bob Olson is another grassroots candidate who is not from big money or the good 'ole boys network. Pull the lever for him, too.

Look, we all know that nothing is going to change by voting for Spitzer, and a lot of people aren't crazy about him either. John Clifton doesn't have a chance to win, but he doesn't have to. This November's election provides fed-up New Yorkers with the rare opportunity to register their disgust with dysfunctional Albany and do a lot more than that.

Here's why: The Libertarian Party has been struggling to achieve ballot status in this state for a long time. If John Clifton can pull 50,000 votes or more, New Yorkers will have a third viable party to flock to. Libertarians are what Republicans and conservatives used to be: pro-small government, limited spending, low taxes, individual freedom and responsibility, and strict adherence to the Constitution, both federal and state. Also, libertarians are not for compromise if it means sacrificing principles (remember that word, 'principles?' It used to mean something to Republicans and conservatives.)

So, let's make the November race for governor a major referendum on all the issues that knowledgeable citizens are upset about: eminent domain abuse, school budget scandals, property taxes, bloated unions that stand in the way of reform and quasi-public agencies like LIPA and the MTA (have we forgotten the MTA's fraudulent accounting practices with the two sets of books?). One of John Clifton's ideas is to implement an exemption from the state income tax for those who make under $75,000 per year.

Why waste your vote on people who don't care about the same issues you do? It's time for people who know what the proper role of government is to speak up. We can bring back constitutional order to this country one state at a time. That's right, we might as well make this a referendum on Bush, too. Mr. Carney, you don't have to hop on the bus to Albany. There's an easier way. Help bring a third party into the closed political society that is New York. Then, maybe politicians will start acting like public servants again, if only out of fear.

October 10, 2006

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