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Newsday's Conservative Columnist: Libertarians could stir fresh debate ^ | 2/19/07 | Raymond Keating

Posted on 02/24/2007 9:07:28 PM PST by lpnykahuna

Libertarians could stir fresh debate --------------------

Raymond J. Keating

Too many Democrats and Republicans on Long Island are indistinguishable on too many issues, from education and the environment to housing and taxes. Call them Democrats and Republicans, or Depublicans and Republicrats; it doesn't matter. They're interchangeable.


The big question is: Can Libertarians ever have a political impact around here? Last week, I spoke with Richard Cooper,...state party chairman...

Regarding the ever-popular open-space preservation movement, Cooper labeled it "unspeakably arrogant."... Libertarians locally and across the nation also have fought for property rights by challenging eminent-domain abuses.

On the related topic of housing, Cooper highlighted libertarian trust in the free market. He remarked: "We wouldn't have illegal apartments if people were able to build apartment buildings." Quite true.

As for public education, Cooper pointed out: "The school system is being run for the benefit of the school establishment, rather than for the parents and the children." ...Cooper spoke about the need to "separate school and state." ... Finally, on taxes, Cooper offered a libertarian challenge to the voters: "The problem is that the public keeps saying they want lower taxes," but then they say "gimme, gimme" in terms of "government favors." Cooper summed up: "The solution to suburban problems lies in liberty and markets...

...It's hard to envision the Libertarian Party winning an election on Long Island. But it lies within reason that Libertarians could inject ideas into the political debate that Depublicans and Republicrats have neglected.

If those ideas catch on, major party politicians eventually will get the message. An actual debate over ideas might ensue. That would be a valuable contribution by Libertarians to Long Island politics.

Copyright (c) 2007, Newsday, Inc.


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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: affordablehousing; libertarian; suburbs
Libertarian Party of New York (LPNY) State Convention will host a Nassau-Suffolk mini-convention to nominate a candidate for Suffolk County executive. Amongst other speakers it will present Bishop Fred Jenkins of St. Luke's Pentecostal Church and Libertarian Party of New York State Chair Richard Cooper on how the Town of North Hempstead took the church's building by eminent domain and what the Libertarians did for the St. Luke's folks.

Saturday, April 28th, Radisson MacArthur, Holtsville, NY

1 posted on 02/24/2007 9:07:31 PM PST by lpnykahuna
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To: lpnykahuna

Libertarians will not inject any ideas into an election unless they are an electoral threat. How does the LPNY plan on accomplishing this?

2 posted on 02/24/2007 9:51:40 PM PST by billybudd
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To: lpnykahuna

The semi-annual Libertarians Are About To Become A Political Force in the US column.

3 posted on 02/24/2007 10:08:50 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Republican, Bostonian, Bush supporter, atheist, pro-lifer)
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To: billybudd
How does the LPNY plan on accomplishing this?

They could do what I do.

Register as a Republican. Vote for the most libertarian minded R in the primaries.

If a RINO wins the primary, don't vote in that race.

If the libertarian minded R wins, give him or her your vote in the General.

And one must be sure to let your local Republican Committee know what you're doing. It's even more effective if you round up a few friends to do the same.


4 posted on 02/25/2007 1:56:24 AM PST by Lurker (Europeans killed 6 million Jews. As a reward they got 40 million Moslems. Karma's a bitch.)
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To: Lurker

What is a Republican primary? We hardly ever have them on Long Island. The best way to describe Long Island Republicans in Nassau and Suffolk counties is Mafia socialists. They actively practice eminent domain.

Former Senator Balboni sponsored the assault weapons ban and the smoking ban. Almost every Nassau and Suffolk GOP legislator voted for both of them.

We have GOP machines who prevent opponents from appearing on the ballot.

The Libertarian Party is the only viable option.

We will organize property owners, gunowners, and poor people threatened by eminent domain.

5 posted on 03/07/2007 6:43:12 PM PST by lpnykahuna (Fighting Smoking Bans)
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