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You can't start too early
If you are even considering running as a Libertarian in 2013 or 2014, get started now!
Don't think you can get away with "surprising" your opponents or that you can win with an "under-the-radar" campaign.
You need to start IMMEDIATELY.
1) File paperwork allowing you to collect and spend campaign funds.
2) Begin asking your family and friends for donations. Ask for more than you think you'll get. They won't be offended, and this is important. If rolling back the State and taking back our freedoms isn't worth asking for money to support, nothing is.
3) Talk to past candidates for that office. Ask them what the biggest roadblocks were. Ask them what worked. Ask them who you should talk to in order to get contributions.
4) Begin recruiting volunteers. You'll need people to collect petitions and go door-to-door to find supportive voters.
5) File paperwork allowing you to collect ballot access signatures, if necessary, as soon as possible.
Your freedoms are disappearing right now, so why aren't you acting right now to take them back by winning office?
America is a libertarian nation
The conventional wisdom has long held the United States are a "center-right" nation.
But the results of this year's elections are challenging that notion.
"After 32 straight losses for same-sex wedding laws, four states approved marriage-equality proposals last week. Two other states legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. Wisconsin elected the first openly homosexual U.S. senator in history, Tammy Baldwin," The Los Angeles Times reports.
"But Americans appear to remain more receptive to conservative viewpoints on spending, debt and the size of government. A bare majority, 51%, of voters last Tuesday told exit pollsters that government should do less, with 43% saying it should do more."
The Times comes to a promising conclusion:
"A more precise verdict would be that the majority of the country remains slightly right of center when it comes to supporting lower spending, decreased debt and smaller government. But America appears to have shifted left of center in allowing more liberal policies on drugs and the institution of marriage. So, left on social issues and right on economics. If you eliminated the desire to tax the rich, it would sound like we had a center-libertarian nation."
What are you doing to reach out to voters in a practical and credible manner on the issues they care about?
Spending cuts are the only way to grow the economy, curb deficits
The only way to avoid a "fiscal cliff" and relieve budget pressures in a way that grows the economy is to make serious spending cuts, says Washington Examiner writer Veronique DeRugy.
"(S)uccessful debt reduction measures are mostly made of spending cuts rather than a mix of spending cuts and tax increases," writes DeRugy.
DeRugy points to two budget sectors that are driving deficits and in need of deep reform, entitlements and government workforce costs.
DeRugy also argues for spending cuts over tax hikes, citing research by Obama advisers showing a tax hike equaling one percent of GDP reduces GDP by three percent and the fact private investment have more confidence in spending curbs over tax hikes -- giving the economy a shot of badly-needed confidence.
You may read DeRugy's full column at http://washingtonexaminer.com/give-spending-cuts-a-chance/article/2513583#.UKf-GYWXKGg.
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Bringing Liberty to Long Island!
Welcome to the Suffolk County Libertarian Party, a group focused on spreading the values of Libertarianism on Long Island. We are here to make sure that the values of liberty and individual freedom are not stamped out by the unceasing call of the state, a body, though created to protect the individual and the freedoms that we hold dear, which has, as it has always done throughout time, come to encroach on those values as its bloated mass once again attempts to wrench itself from the control of those that created it--We the People. Join us as we attempt to do what those who founded this country did once before: stand up to the growth of tyranny and stand up the the crushing boot of the entity called The State.