Tuesday, April 27, 2010

LPNY Nominates Alden Link For Lt. Governor

At the State Convention of the Libertarian Party of New York held on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Albany, New York, Alden Link was nominated by the delegates to be the Libertarian Party candidate for Lt. Governor this November. Mr. Link will run with Warren Redlich, who obtained the Libertarian Party's nomination for Governor.

In an interview he gave after receiving the nomination, Alden Link said:

I am an entrepreneur, real estate developer and aviator. As a businessman, I am aware how government regulation can stifle the entrepreneurial spirit. As a real estate developer, I understand how eminent domain abuse has gotten out of hand. As an aviator, I feel the spirit of freedom swelling in my heart as I soar through the skies. This feeling inspires me to fight for freedom until the government learns to respect every man's natural right to life, liberty and property. I am my own man, with no political baggage, who owes nothing to any special interest. As the Libertarian Party's candidate for Lt. Governor, I will promote libertarianism with all my heart and hope to make a significant contribution to the cause of liberty.

Regarding economic policy, I intend to work for the elimination of the New York State Income Tax. Taxation is theft. I will seek to shrink the size of New York State government by cutting back on the amount of taxes it collects and the amount of money it can borrow. I will encourage localities to repeal all property taxes that give the government a permanent claim against the land and home you own. I will seek to end the over-regulation of business and barriers to free trade. I want to free up the creative spirit of entrepreneurs to develop new technologies. In short, I believe citizens have a right to keep the money they earn and that they know best how to spend that money. They will then be in a better position to purchase the services they need, to send their children to the schools of their choice, and to save for their retirement. Government involvement interferes with the efficiency of the free market. The more money people keep in their own pockets, the better.

Regarding my social agenda, I am of the belief that people are sovereign over their own bodies and have the right to do with them as they see fit without the interference of a paternalistic government. I would end the War on Drugs and would pardon and expunge the criminal records of all individuals doing time for the use and/or possession of drugs. I would repeal all laws against pornography and all other "victimless crimes". I believe gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals are entitled to full equality under the law regardless of their sexual orientations or perceived gender identify or expression. I believe the government should get out of the business of granting marriage licenses in order to allow people to enter into contractual relationships as they see fit but so long as New York State grants marriage licenses to heterosexual couples, I believe gay couples are entitled to the "equal protection" of the law.

I am honored to be the Libertarian Party's candidate for Lt. Governor and I will work tirelessly to promote the cause of liberty through the remainder of this campaign. My goal is to do my part to help the Libertarian Party obtain the 50,000 votes it needs to obtain minor party status for the next 4 years.

Alden Link is a member of the Libertarian Party of Queens County and the Objectivist Party of New York. He sought the nomination of the Libertarian Party for President in 2008 and was the candidate of the Objectivist Party for Vice-President of the United States in 2008, having appeared on the ballot in Colorado and Florida.

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