Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bachelors For Link Forms To Support Alden Link, Libertarian Party Candidate For Lt. Governor Of New York

On May 24, 2010, Dr. Tom Stevens announced the formation of Bachelors For Link, a group formed to support Alden Link, the nominee of the Libertarian Party of New York for Lt. Governor in 2010.

In forming the group, Dr. Stevens said:

Bachelors often feel pressure to get married and to live a conventional lifestyle. Despite choosing to be "unattached", they often face ridicule and are the subject of "whispering campaigns" questioning their sexual orientation. We are proud to support Alden Link, the Libertarian Party's candidate for Lt. Governor of New York State, who has socially tolerant views and a principled belief that people should be able to organize their lives as they see fit without private sanction or governmental interference.

Alden Link's platform contains the following statements relevant to this issue:

People are sovereign over their own bodies and they should have the right to do with them as they please so long as they do not directly interfere with the right of others to do the same. The government should not be involved in trying to legislate morality and should not act paternalistically to protect people from making the decisions they believe are in their own best interests. Private adult consensual behavior should not be criminalized. The words contained in the United States Constitution should be interpreted to recognize that every citizen has a constitutionally protected "zone of privacy" that must not be intruded upon by the government. Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered individuals are entitled to full equality under the law regardless of their sexual orientations or perceived gender identity or presentation.

Dallwyn Merck, President of Stonewall Libertarians New York, applauded the formation of Bachelors For Link, commenting as follows:

The formation of Bachelors For Link is a brilliant move to bring attention to Alden Link's socially progressive platform. Although people have become more tolerant since the 1940s, the fact that bachelors still face criticism by family and friends shows us how far we still have to go to obtain acceptance for all sexual and cultural minorities in this country. The formation of Bachelors For Link by Dr. Tom Stevens shows his extraordinary appreciation for history. Bravo!

3 comments:

  1. Comment posted at Independent Political Report about Bachelors For Link:

    "Curiously, the New York LP nominated Alden Link as their Lt. Governor candidate. I don’t know Link’s position on the 'Ground Zero mosque,' but when I met him at the 2006 LP national convention, Link struck me as quite pro-war. He suggested the U.S. military should bomb the branches of banks that hold 'terrorist money' in their deposits.

    Link was also quite the warhawk at the 2008 LP national convention. He was the only candidate who managed to make Root look like a dove.

    After failing to get a single delegate’s vote at the LP convention, Link (who was not a delegate), attempted to get the Boston Tea Party’s presidential nomination.

    Failing that, Link eventually managed to secure the Objectivist Party‘s vice presidential nomination. Considering how insanely pro-war organized Objectivism is these days, that seemed an appropriate political home for Link.

    Objectivist Party founder, presidential candidate, and sometime LP officer, Dr. Tom Stevens, has formed Bachelors for Link to support Link’s Lt. Governor candidacy.

    Who or what is Bachelors for Link? In endorsing Link, this 'group' (assuming it’s more than just Dr. Stevens and his blog) says: 'Bachelors often feel pressure to get married and to live a conventional lifestyle. Despite choosing to be 'unattached', they often face ridicule and are the subject of 'whispering campaigns' questioning their sexual orientation. We are proud to support Alden Link, the Libertarian Party’s candidate for Lt. Governor of New York State, who has socially tolerant views and a principled belief that people should be able to organize their lives as they see fit without private sanction or governmental interference.'

    So…should Link be elected Lt. Governor of New York, he’ll use his office to end 'whispering campaigns' against bachelors? Well, at least it’d be a less offensive use of Link’s time than his previous Islamophobic war hysteria.

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  2. Alden Link was a delegate from New York State to the 2008 Libertarian Party National Convention. He failed to obtain any votes for President that year since he dropped out of the race before the deadline for submitting Presidential tokens. Alden Link himself gave his token to Christine Smith while most of his supporters gave their tokens to Wayne Allyn Root.

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  3. Alden Link did not seek the nomination of the Boston Tea Party for President.

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