On July 4, 2010, Dr. Tom Stevens, Political Director of the Libertarian Party of Queens County and Founder of Libertarian Patriots of New York (LPNY), formed Empire State Libertarians to be a more effective political force for promoting a pro-liberty agenda in the State of New York. Empire State Libertarians is not associated or affiliated with Free Libertarian Party, Inc., the recognized local affiliate of the Libertarian Party in New York State. Dr. Stevens resigned his Life Membership in the Free Libertarian Party, Inc. on June 27, 2010 to focus his energies on more productive political endeavors and opportunities.
Membership in Empire State Libertarians is free and it is expected that local affiliates will be chartered soon. Stevens said, "Our goal is to welcome all small government libertarians into our ranks and to take actions that will have an immediate positive effect in spreading the message of liberty. We do not plan to charge dues, to hold meetings or to run candidates for elective office in a futile attempt to capture 1% of the popular vote. We intend to participate in Tea Party rallies, endorse libertarian-leaning candidates and join pro-liberty coalitions. We have no intention of getting bogged down in bureaucratic machinations or suffering the company of unethical, toxic libertarians who wouldn't recognize what integrity was even if it came up and slapped them in the face. It is my intention to focus the efforts of Empire State Libertarians on goal-oriented action."
The formation of Empire State Libertarians reflects growing frustration with the individuals who are currently in charge of the Libertarian Party in New York State. The Libertarian Party of Queens County recently passed a resolution by unanimous vote condemning "the extremely dysfunctional Libertarian Party of New York, whose politically inexperienced, stagnant leadership and the presence of toxic individuals have been primarily responsible for the party's inability to obtain ballot access over the past nearly 40 years."
Empire State Libertarians was formed with the following four (4) purposes:
1. to encourage New York State residents who share libertarian ideals and principles to become politically active and to seek out avenues to promote a pro-liberty agenda;
2. to endorse candidates seeking elective office who support smaller government, lower taxes and more individual freedom;
3. to encourage patriotism, respect for our Founder Fathers, and a deep appreciation for the United States Constitution; and
4. to organize and charter chapters of Empire State Libertarians in order to promote local activism.
Feel free to join the Facebook Page of Empire State Libertarians at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=136427703051139&ref=ts
If you are interested in membership, taking a leadership role or being a political advisor to Empire State Libertarians, contact Dr. Tom Stevens at DrTomStevens@aol.com