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Should Public Sector Unions Endorse Candidates?

OAN takes a quick look at the controversy resulting from the NYPD union endorsing Donald Trump for President. Local Queens pols like AOC, who has been endorsed by several public unions, only seem to have objected to this when a non-Democrat got the endorsement. Libertarians might ask, should public sector unions even exist?:

Queens Libertarians Update On Officers, Bylaws and Bank Progress

QL has recently re-affirmed officers on its Executive Committee, the Bylaws amended from December 2016, and has re-acquired access to its bank account as of August 2020. The 2020 Officers of Queens Libertarians are as follows:

President, Speaker Coordinator— John Clifton
Vice President— Philip Schoenberg
Membership Secretary— Daniel Adler
Treasurer— Samuel Sloan
Secretary— Philip Schoenberg
Toy Drive, Special Events Coordinator— Michelle Yaskel

This independent organization will now be able to resume its mission to continue to be the authentic voice of libertarian views, activism, education and advocacy in Queens since 1994. QL expects its ongoing and upcoming positive achievements and fully active organization will result in a re-merging or restoration of its status and/or members with LPNY, through a future state convention or committee. The Queens Libertarians otherwise plan to complete a conversion into a Political Action Committee going forward in the next year.

QL Discusses Police and Criminal Justice Reform After Floyd

Queens Libertarians will host recent candidates Nic Leobold and Sam Sloan, at the Takara Sushi restaurant located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York on Saturday, August at 11:30 am. They will speak on the topic of “Police and Criminal Justice Reform After Floyd” and the best civil libertarian approach to law enforcement and police brutality issues in the wake of the early summer protests. What new reforms are needed, and what is the most constructive path to obtaining change?

There will also be an update on the ballot status lawsuit of LPNY in light of the recent change in the NY State election laws. UPDATE– Nic indicates he may not appear for personal reasons, in which case host John Clifton will fill in with thoughts on the topic, based on commentary recently expressed in his blog. More details and directions here.

Green Party and Libertarian Party File Joint Lawsuit Fighting Ballot Access Restrictions

Governor Cuomo’s unilateral reversal of the ballot access gains of the LP is now law. From a LPNY press release:

Albany, New York, July 28, 2020 – The Green Party of New York (GPNY) and the Libertarian Party of New York (LPNY) filed a Federal lawsuit today in the Southern District of New York to invalidate restrictive ballot access provisions passed as a rider to the FY2021 State Budget.

Since 1936, minor political parties in New York have been required to obtain 50,000 votes for their gubernatorial candidate every four years in order to achieve and maintain ballot status. The GPNY achieved ballot status in 2010, and has since maintained it, while the LPNY achieved ballot status in 2018.

In an act of blatant political retribution against the Working Families Party (WFP), Governor Cuomo’s hand-picked “Public Campaign Finance Commission,” led by state Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs, recommended in December 2019 that not only should the requirement to achieve and maintain ballot access be increased from 50,000 votes to the greater of 130,000 votes or two percent of votes cast, but also that the qualifications should occur every two years, at the gubernatorial and presidential elections. At the same time, signature requirements for independent nominating petitions were recommended to be increased threefold. After the legislature declined to modify the recommendations, they automatically became law twenty days later.

Ultimately, the legislature’s abdication of its law-making powers to this executive commission caused a NYS Supreme Court judge in Western New York to declare the commission and all its actions unconstitutional. Bent on settling political scores, and under the cover of the COVID-19 crisis, Governor Cuomo and the legislature subsequently re-enacted the ballot access provisions in Part ZZZ of the FY2021 State Budget, leaving minor political parties in NYS facing an uncertain future…More

Jorgensen Responds to the Guardian, Defends the LP Non-Aggression Principle

Libertarian presidential candidate affirms principle of non-aggression. From Jo’s press release:

GREENVILLE, S.C.—July 7, 2020. An article in the Guardian, a British newspaper, featuring a picture of Dr. Jo Jorgensen, attempts to smear the Libertarian Party presidential candidate by associating her with a movement known as boogaloo, because of her appearance on a podcast hosted by some members of the movement. The Guardian describes boogaloo by detailing its most radical elements.

The boogaloo movement has no organization and no leadership. Participants within vary widely, from white supremacists, at one extreme, to those who vehemently condemn both racism and white supremacy. Their unifying characteristic is the belief that citizens have the right to rise up against an oppressive government, and in particular, one that denies their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, or their right to self-defense.

This view is enshrined in America’s Declaration of Independence from, coincidentally, Great Britain. It states that whenever a government becomes destructive of human rights, “it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it.”

The Guardian article fails to distinguish between anti-government and anti-authoritarian government sentiment, the latter of which better describes the views of boogaloo members.

As both the Libertarian Party and the Jorgensen campaign have made consistently and abundantly clear, and as the Guardian‘s journalist surely knows, libertarians vehemently oppose the initiation of force, whether by government or civilian forces.

As Dr. Jorgensen explained to the reporter, the Libertarian Party has a membership requirement unlike that of any other U.S. political party. To be eligible to join, each individual must sign a pledge attesting that they oppose the initiation of force for the purpose of achieving social or political goals.

“I reject violence and bigotry, and I advocate non-aggression, peaceful persuasion, and voluntary cooperation,” Jorgensen said. “At the same time, I and my fellow libertarians reject so-called cancel culture, which denies people their right to free speech.”

The Word Freedom Gets Cancelled by a University

A university has joined the “cancel culture” movement, by removing the word “freedom” from its staff and student ID cards. Some students had complained the word was racially problematic:

…Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania will change its student, faculty, and staff ID cards from “Freedom Cards” to “RMU ID Cards,” Campus Reform has learned.

“Gifting us with IDs that grant us our ‘freedom’ is of extremely poor taste.”
The decision follows the circulation of an online petition initiated by student Melanie Hall, who asked the university to rename its ID cards, arguing that the choice of “Freedom Cards” for minority students (who make up 24 percent of students at RMU, according to the petition) was a “poorly named form of identification.”

It “has made minority students (black students in particular) feel like we are being dehumanized. Gifting us with IDs that grant us our ‘freedom’ is of extremely poor taste. Especially coming from a University that is named after a slave owner,” Hall wrote…More

Pandemics & Protests: Dr. Phil Discusses President Donald Trump on Leadership

QL will host Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg, retired college professor of American government, at the Takara Sushi restaurant located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, on Saturday, July 11 at 11:30 am. He will speak 45 minutes followed by discussion.

Dr. Schoenberg will speak on “President Donald Trump on Leadership.” The attendees should be prepared to spend at least $10 for food and to practice social distancing as per the arrangements advised by the facility. For further information, you can contact drphil@nycwalks.com Dr. Schoenberg (718) 704-3105.

Queens Libertarians Return to Takara Restaurant in Whitestone on June 13

Queens Libertarians will resume holding its monthly meetings in Whitestone at the Takara Sushi restaurant located at 150th and 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York on Saturday, June 13 at 11:30 am. Scheduled speaker will be LP congressional candidate Jay Sanchez, as previously announced. The venue staff confirmed it will be open as of the week of June 8. The previous location (the Irish Cottage in Forest Hills) has closed as a business due to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

Attendees should to be prepared to expend at least $10 for food, and to practice social distancing as per the arrangements advised by the facility. Queens Libertarians will continue to meet on the second Saturday of each month, for now at Takara, and welcomes new suggestions for centrally located meeting venues in Queens.

LP Picks 2020 Presidential Ticket Memorial Day Weekend

The Libertarian Party has met by various virtual means (Zoom, YouTube, Facebook etc) to hold its 2020 national convention online May 22-24. The party has chosen Jo Jorgenesen as its 2020 nominee for President. Anarchist and parodist Spike Cohen was selected as the Vice Presidential candidate. The body will hold a physical convention July 9-12 in Orlando, to vote for the next LNC Chair and national committee. Below is the Presidential debate moderated by the LP of Texas, featuring seven candidates including Jorgensen, Adam Kokesh, Jacob Hornberger, Vermin Supreme and others:

Dr. Phil Rates Trump and Other Presidents On Dealing with Pandemics

Our Dr. Schoenberg strikes again, with a review of how past and recent Presidents have dealt with pandemic threats. His article summary can be found right here, and is the shorter version of a treatise he expects to publish in 2020. He also will be presenting a talk on this issue at a Queens Libertarians meeting this summer. He points out Trump’s over-reliance on advice from hawkish interventionists and knee-jerk confrontational foreign policy experts may have contributed to a flawed COVID-19 response:

“…President Donald Trump has hindered the fight against the Coronavirus in 2020 by choosing to follow the bad advice of John Bolton, the head of National Security Council (NSC), in 2018, when he disbanded  the Obama protocols, a pandemic watchdog team inside the NSC and recalling the observer in China were eliminated. Trump’s own Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Republican Congress refused to replenish PPE stockpile.  As a result, Trump was unprepared  when he was blinded by China’s lies, censorship, and coverup of how bad the coronavirus outbreak was.” See more.

Dr. Phil has also just written on Earth Day, see here: Earth Day in the Balance and also this follow-up article.

QL Teleconference May 9, Jay Sanchez at June 13 Meeting

As the pandemic world turns, Queens Libertarians have adapted. The group met by teleconference in April for a brief Executive Committee meeting, and will hold another in May, after which time the stay-at-home restrictions may be finally lifted in New York. Details:

May 9
QL General Meeting via Teleconference

Note: This will be a phone meeting, planned for 30-45 minutes, to touch base on general matters relating to the Queens Libertarians. We plan to resume our physical meetings in Forest Hills on June 13.

Dial-in using your phone to:
United States: +1 712-832-8330
Access code: 994 3970

Join in on May 9 at 11:30 am by phone to hear a quick summary of our post stay-at-home plans, meeting ideas, primary issues, and more. Tell us how you’re coping with the great American Lockdown of 2020!

June 13:
Jay Sanchez on Corruption, Cronyism and Political Duopoly in Queens

Join us at our June 13 Meeting: Saturday, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, at the Irish Cottage Pub in Forest Hills, 72nd Ave (corner of Austin St, 2-3 blocks from the Continental Ave E/F train station, LIRR, and Q60 bus) to hear Jay Sanchez, legal reform advocate and Libertarian candidate for Congress (CD5) discuss current massive corruption issues in our borough that motivated him to run for Rep. Meeks’ seat. His profile can be found at https://ballotpedia.org/Jay_Sanchez#Campaign_themes.

As Sanchez has put it, “The increasing power of monopolies (or duopolies and oligopolies) is killing competition in this country. The immense market power of huge companies allows them to eliminate potential competitors and to squeeze their workers, customers, and suppliers (smaller companies). It enables them to pay for the influence in government that allows them to, again, increase their market power so that they can even more easily eliminate potential competitors and squeeze their workers, customers, and suppliers. It is a vicious cycle that, if not stopped, will turn us all into something like the Serfs of medieval times.”