In New York, The Empire Page has been conducting a series of interviews with leaders of New York’s political parties for about the last year. In the last six months, they have spoken with Tom Golisano, who is well known for his support of the Independence Party of NYS, as well as Shaun Marie, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party of NYS. Earlier this week, The Empire Page interviewed Chris Edes, the current Chairman of the NYS Libertarian Party, resulting in a discussion that . . . covers the evils of the two-party system, third party strategy and ballot access issues, the petitioning process and partisan vs. non-partisan elections.
The biggest problem facing New York State is dysfunctional government. One could fill a book with the whys and hows, but the root cause is our two-party system of government. The “right side/wrong side” mentality inherent in the system privileges power over public service. Tactics of doubtful moral or ethical virtue are often employed to retain this power, and defeating the other team is given higher priority than real outcomes for New York’s citizens. Civic engagement suffers when issues are oversimplified, so that one side’s position can be presented as “right” and the other “wrong”.
The Libertarian Party is America’s third largest political party. We’re committed to providing a real alternative on your local ballot. Unlike most “third parties” in our State, cross-endorsement of Democrats and Republicans is the exception for us, rather than the norm. For the Libertarian Party, independence is a way of life, not a party label.
People should consider voting for us, and joining our party, because we stand up for their rights. We believe America’s greatness derives from our strong respect for the freedom of the individual. If people want politicians to tell them what to do, and take more of their hard-earned money, they should vote for some other party. That’s their prerogative. The Libertarian Party will continue to stand for the dignity and integrity of the individual.