A letter from Mark Axinn
How To Get An Independent Candidate Elected In Suffolk County And N.Y. State, Part Two – Why Getting Petition Signatures Is Something You Should Do
We all know petitioning is a real pain. For some of us, it’s even a bit scary, walking up to a total stranger to ask them to sign a petition form. But if you are unhappy with what is going on in New York, if you are tired of the same old garbage from Albany, and being ignored and treated as if you and your family are nothing more than sheep to be fleeced of their money by the Albany “shepherds”, then you should be RUNNING to petition.
The equation is simple. With only two parties, they make deals, they make sure they stay in power, they do what they want without any interference from you, the voter. But when real third parties are on the ballot, then they have to answer those hard questions being asked by third party candidates. They have to explain WHY the budget keeps rising, the taxes keep going up, and the only thing NOT rising is your paycheck. And they have to explain it IN PUBLIC. To YOU, the VOTER.
But here’s the problem. To get a candidate on the gubernatorial ballot, it take 15,000 valid petition signatures. Yes, that’s right, FIFTEEN THOUSAND. And that is “VALID” signatures. Here’s what happens when the petitions are submitted: First, the Board of Elections scrutinizes them. They have to pass a “Prima Facia” test – does the pile of signatures LOOK like it has 15,000? If not, you are out. Then, you can be challenged. True story just out of Illinois, the Libertarians signatures were challenged – 54% of them! That means that within a 72-hour period, you must respond to EVERY reason they say your signatures are no good – In the case in Illinois, that is over 25,000 signatures, gathered with blood, sweat, and tears of the Illinois party. The only way to avoid this is to file SO MANY signatures, even an opponent won’t bother, because they have no chance of knocking you off.
But to do that, we need YOU. We need your friends, we need your DOG to help gather signatures. If old Frisky can wag his or her tail and get folks to stop, bring him! Anyone registered to vote in New York can do petition signatures. It is a bit picky, but the party would be totally THRILLED to show you how. Without it, another four years will go by, and nothing at all will change. People are leaving New York in droves. You can join them, or you can draw that line in the sand, and say, “We need better people in office!”
It’s all up to YOU. Action matters.
The Fight against Common Core and the Coalition of Opposition.
Where things stand from today forward.
When parents step up, as they have done to LEAD this fight against CCSS, and they tell educators, administrators and politicians that they want the Common Core States Standards Agenda defeated, do not ignore them and ban them from having a voice.
Do not tell them that, “no, we’re more concerned about certain parts of CC, rather than the CC itself”.
Do not tell them they need to stand with educators on every point but then refuse to stand with them and deny them what they are asking for.
Do not, after they say that the CCAgenda they want defeated and removed from schools (which includes all the points educators want to address,such as VAM, HST, corporate for profit charters) isn’t as important as some of those sub issues and then bash, talk down to, ridicule, gang up on and then eject them from social media forums.
Do not take parents lightly.
We trusted our schools, administrators and teachers to do the right thing and relied upon educators to tell us if something bad was happening. No one told us. In point of fact, we were outright lied to!
We found out for ourselves when our children came home in tears, suffering, harming themselves, behaving in ways they never had before due to the stress of a new set of standards and curricula that we were never informed about.
We went to our schools, BOE’s and our teachers and were fed LIES, repeatedly, by every member of the school systems, from teacher on up to State DOE’s.
We BEGGED our teachers, who remained silent for YEARS, to tell us what was going on.
We forgave them when we discovered through our own investigations that they had been silenced by the schools and left hanging by their unions.
We embraced the teachers who were brave enough to stand up, some long after they were forced from their jobs.
WE led this uprising but now we are being told that “we don’t know anything”, “trust the educators”, “re-prioritize or shut up”.
We are being told that we have to “hang in there” and watch our children suffer under a Public School takeover and let teachers take the lead… and even have the audacity to tell us they have been leading this long before us.
We forgave the silence of teachers, the lies of school personnel who said CCSS was GREAT…. but we do not forget them. and WE will not take a backseat to any politician, political party or ideology, union, Dept of Ed, Board of Ed or any teacher.
If you want parent support, then you better damned well support the parents and follow OUR lead!
To quote the old 60′s protest song, “We won’t be fooled again!”
We set the priorities in this fight and the priorities are our children… OUR children!!!
Our main, number one priority is that the Common Core be vanquished and local control of schools be restored and ensured for all time.
Our priority includes the elimination of:
-High Stakes, secretive testing. We hire teachers to test and inform on our kids progress and educational needs
-VAM.. we know which teachers are good and which are not.
-SLDS Data collection… Stop invading the privacy of our children and us.
-Privatization of the Public Schools… our families have built the PS systems for generations. They are ours, our children and their children’s children! They are not the State’s, the Union’s, the Fed’s or some Corporation’s property to be used and abused at will.
-The constant assault on our Familial, Cultural, Religious, Ethnic and National (and local) Heritage through the use of “Standards”, Curricula, Testing, Pedagogy and politically motivated ideological preferences. OUR schools are intended to teach OUR kids how to read, write, understand mathematics and science, know the rules of this country AS THEY EXIST under the US Constitution (not someones dream of how it should be).
-Top down control of schools… whether it is State, Federal, Corporate or otherwise.
-and yes, there is more!
The point here is that parents already have the concerns and welfare of teachers and the public school systems well in heart and hand.
The only difference being that those things are secondary to our children’s well being, which means the Common Core must go first for all of that to go! The moment we feel or perceive that others are putting their priorities over that well being of our children, we will not remain silent. We will speak out and we expect to be respected and listened to. If we are ignored and silenced, banned and blocked, we will leave you in the dust to fend for yourself.
We have more important things to do.
Sadly, parents are discovering that in some instances, there are those who have other agendas not in line with ours.
We have begged.
We have pleaded.
We have understood and we have forgiven.
But we are not playing around any longer and because of the constant derision by Politicians, Education Bureaucracies and Bureaucrats, Boards of Ed and yes, even some educators, we are left with no choice but to say… This is it. This is how it is going to be and we will not accept anything less.
You are ALL on notice.
From here on out, we ask no quarter… we give no quarter!
-Michael Bohr, CI
As of Tuesday, May 27th the Suffolk County Libertarian Party has unofficially endorsed Long Island resident and State Senator Lee Zeldin for the upcoming Congressional run in Long Island’s 1st Congressional District versus the incumbent, Tim Bishop. Mr. Zeldin appeared before the members of the chapter, after a debate in Southhampton where his primary opponent failed to appear.
The chapter was interested to hear his positions on the many issues important to the Libertarian Party, leading to a vetting process that was both polite yet penetrating as the chapter members made it clear that their positions had both merit and logic behind them. Mr. Zeldin answered their many questions with detailed explanations of his positions, as well as those related to the controversial SAFE Act, and his votes on that legislation. After the lengthy session, the consensus was to support the state senator in his quest for Congress, and he was informally endorsed by the chapter, with the official endorsement to occur at the upcoming Nassau-Suffolk County Libertarian convention at Lily Flanagans in Babylon on June 14th.
We look forward to working with Mr. Zeldin and his election team and believe that the Libertarian Party as a whole will benefit from our association with this candidate, who has shown leadership and consistency as the New York State Senator for the 3rd senatorial district on Long Island.
Mr. Zeldin is an example of the Libertarian Party’s continuing efforts to bring together any and all who wish to promote freedom, free markets and small government. While State Senator Zeldin is also endorsed by other groups, we of the Suffolk County Libertarian Party seek out all candidates who choose freedom, whether Liberal Democrat or Conservative Republican to come under the Libertarian banner as we believe that freedom knows no ‘factions’.
The Suffolk County Libertarian Party asks for your help and donations to get ALL of our endorsed candidates on the ballot, and into office at the polls in November. To find out how you can help, Click here, or Contact us.