Michael McDermott for New York Governor 2014

Series – Libertarian Party Platform – Statement of Principles


As adopted in Convention, June 2014, Columbus, Ohio


We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.

We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.

Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.

We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely, (1) the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action — accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property — accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.

Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market.



As you become more familiar with the Libertarian Platform, I think most of you will understand why after being a republican for 42 years, I have embraced the philosophy as one that applies to all Americans.  The democrat and republican parties are becoming more threatened by these principles because it puts power back into the hands of “We the People” where the founding fathers intended it to be!

The two major parties want to keep themselves in power at almost any cost, including the subjugation of our freedoms and liberties.  Voters need to have as many choices as possible and not fall into the trap of labels designed to divide us.  Most people, including democrats and republicans, feel comfortable that we are not taking partisan sides but truly want to represent the people of the United States and New York State.  Many close friends of mine are still being fooled that the only way to vote is to vote for the democrat or republican parties.

When the democratic party started the Stop the LIPA Tax Hike Party, which had nothing to do with actually stopping the LIPA tax hike here on Long island, many people were fooled into vote for that pseudo party.  The republicans were so outraged they sued on the grounds that it was a fraudulent attempt to secure votes for the democrats.  This year they decided to do the exact same thing and start the Stop Common Core Party which has absolutely nothing to do with stopping common core!

What happened to their outrage?  Will the democrats now sue the republicans for this outrage?  Many parents of children are so upset with common core they reach out to anything that sounds plausible, but I’m believe that they will see that a Stop Common Core Party is just designed to get more votes for the republican candidate.

When is enough of this nonsense actually enough?

NEXT:  1.0 Personal Liberty

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There they go again… Again.

There they go again and again and again……..

First, the Republican “Stop Common Core Party” and now the Democrats are starting “The Women’s Equality Party” to once again trick voters into believing that if you vote for Cuomo, Women will now be equal!

Well, EXCUSE ME!! Are democrat and republican voters that naive to believe that either of these “parties” will do anything but bring votes to the republican and/or democrat candidates? What’s next “The Make Everyone a Millionaire Party?” And if you vote for them you will become a millionaire? New York State Voters: Vote for integrity and principles NOT trickery and deceit – http://votemcdermott.org – DONATE NOW TO BRING US BACK TO REALITY IN NEW YORK STATE!

First of a Series – The Libertarian Party Platform – Preamble


As adopted in Convention, June 2014, Columbus, Ohio


As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.

In the following (emails) pages we have set forth our basic principles and enumerated various policy stands derived from those principles.

These specific policies are not our goal, however. Our goal is nothing more nor less than a world set free in our lifetime, and it is to this end that we take these stands.



Simple, right?  Just freedom to be a free people that is our right Guaranteed by the Constitution!

No tricks, no initiation of force, just LIVE FREE.  Our freedoms are being lost every single day.  The democrat and republican parties clearly want to stay in power at almost all costs.  They both want government to run our lives and we want to run our own lives.  The government has clealy overeached their authority! We are a nation of laws and I am not suggesting we have no laws (ex: yelling fire in a crowded movie theater).

When the federal and state governments grow so large that we have to borrow trillions of dollars to keep it afloat it’s time to reduce the size of governmants to within their constitutional limits!



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