The LPNY 2018 Statewide Convention in Albany

The Capital District Libertarian Party will be hosting the 2018 state convention. We will be electing new officers for the Libertarian Party of New York, and we will be nominating our candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Comptroller. We will also have speakers, music, and fun. Come and join us.
We have reserved the Berkshire Room at the Comfort Inn, 99 Miller Road in East Greenbush for Friday, 4/20; Saturday, 4/21; and Sunday, 4/22. We have a block of rooms reserved for Friday and Saturday nights at $99 per night.
(518) 479-3217
Tentative schedule:
We have reserved a hospitality suite for Friday night which we will use for an informal get-together.
8:00 AM registration begins
8:30-9:30 breakfast with a speaker
9:30-noon business
Noon-1:30 lunch with speaker
1:30-5:00 business
6:00-7:30 dinner with a speaker
8:30-9:30 breakfast with a speaker
9:30-noon business

The business meetings will be free for LPNY members. We are planning on charging the following for meals and speakers:
                                                 Early    door
Saturday breakfast                      $12      $15
Lunch                                          30        35
Dinner                                          35       40
Lunch & dinner                             60       70
Sunday breakfast                         12       15
All 4 meals                                  80       95
You can register online by clicking the link at the top of this page that says “2018 LPNY Convention”, or you can write a check payable to “Free Libertarian Party” and send it to Jeff Russell, 55 Via DaVinci, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2903


We meet the second Tuesday of every month. Our present location is Brown’s Brewing Company, 417 River Street, Troy, New York, although our next meeting will be held at

Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive, Malta New York – special appearance by Larry Sharpe, a prospective New York Gubernatorial Candidate of the Libertarian Party in 2018. Larry is a businessman, management consultant, teacher, and Marine Corp veteran. In my view, a dynamic and motivating speaker that everyone interested in libertarian philosophy and growing the movement should hear.

Our meetings start at 6:30 and formally begin with a reading of the minutes and reports from the Treasurer and Representative to the State Committee followed by other reports on recurring and special activities. These usually take about 30 minutes and are followed by about an hour of discussion about future activities and issues of current interest. Occasionally, we have a presentation that may challenge some of our premises so as to encourage discussion that may increase our understanding of and ability to respond to other viewpoints.

In the future, a brief summary of the minutes of the previous meeting and any special items of the agenda will be posted.

Bill McMillen, Secretary

Gubernatorial Candidate Larry Sharpe coming to Capital District on September 12th

Larry Sharpe whose dynamic presentation at the 2016 Libertarian National Convention almost won him the Vice Presidential nomination over Gary Johnson’s handpicked running mate has announced his intention to seek the nomination of the Libertarian Party of New York to be its standard bearer in the race for Governor in 2018.  He will kick off his visit with a appearance at a meeting of both the Capital District Libertarian Party and the Warren County Libertarian Party to be held on September 12th at the Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive, Malta New York at 6:30 PM.

Those wishing to attend who are a member of the Capital District LP meet-up group may do so by responding to the meet-up message or by contacting me and leaving a message at 518 475-1618.


Capital District Chapter Libertarian Convention – Saturday May 6th

Brown’s Brewing Company, 417 River Street, Troy, New York   Noon to 4 PM

Annual Business Meeting, Election of Officers for the coming year.

Presentation and discussion of current issues facing America and the Libertarian Party.

Topics include Trade, Jobs, Immigration, Education, and more.

If interested in attending , Please respond by May 2nd to Todd Haggerty; Bill McMillen at 475-1618.

Lunch and Beverages will be ordered from the menu. There is no other fee for attending.


Statement of Vice Presidential Candidate Bill Weld

October 25, 2016:

“It is a privilege and an honor to participate in this year’s national election campaign. I am grateful to Governor Gary Johnson for the opportunity to do so. Under Governor Johnson’s leadership the Libertarian Party has made great strides in this election cycle. Gary and I will carry our message of fiscal responsibility, social inclusion, and smaller government through November 8, and I hope that this election cycle will secure for the Libertarian Party a permanent place in our national political dialogue.

“We are making strides toward breaking the two party monopoly, and America will be stronger when we do, but given the position of the Commission on Presidential Debates, the deck is still stacked against even a credible third party ticket with two proven former Governors.

“Against that backdrop, I would like to address myself to all those in the electorate who remain torn between two so-called major party candidates whom they cannot enthusiastically support. I’m speaking particularly to those Republicans who feel that our President should exhibit commonly accepted standards of decency and discipline.

“I would not have stepped out of the swirl of the campaign to make this statement if I did not fear for our country, as I do.

“A President of the United States operates every day under a great deal of pressure — from all sides, and in furtherance of many different agendas. With that pressure comes constant criticism.

“After careful observation and reflection, I have come to believe that Donald Trump, if elected President of the United States, would not be able to stand up to this pressure and this criticism without becoming unhinged and unable to perform competently the duties of his office.

“Mr. Trump has some charisma and panache, and intellectual quickness. These qualities can be entertaining. Yet more than charisma, more even than intellectual ability, is required of a serious candidate for this country’s highest office. A serious candidate for the Presidency of the United States must be stable, and Donald Trump is not stable.

“Throughout this campaign, Mr. Trump has demonstrated an inability to handle criticism or blame well. His first instinct is to lash out at others. When challenged, he often responds as a child might. He makes a sour face, he calls people by insulting names, he waves his arms, he impatiently interrupts. Most families would not allow their children to remain at the dinner table if they behaved as Mr. Trump does. He has not exhibited the self-control, the discipline, or the emotional depth necessary to function credibly as a President of the United States.

“From the beginning of his campaign, Mr. Trump has conjured up enemies. First it was eleven million criminals in our midst, all bent on obtaining the benefits of citizenship, at our expense. Over time, the enemies became any trading partner of the United States. He says they are nothing but foreigners seeking to threaten our livelihoods. Now we have reached the point where his idea of America’s enemies includes almost anyone who talks or looks different from him. The goal of the Trump campaign, from the outset, has been to stir up envy, resentment, and group hatred.

“This is the worst of American politics. I fear for our cohesion as a nation, and for our place in the world, if this man who is unwilling to say he will abide by the result of our national election becomes our President.

“This great nation has weathered policy differences throughout our history, and we will do so again. Not in my lifetime, though, has there been a candidate for President who actually makes me fear for the ultimate well-being of the country, a candidate who might in fact put at risk the solid foundation of America that allows us to endure even ill-advised policies and the normal ebb and flow of politics.

“In the final days of this very close race, every citizen must be aware of the power and responsibility of each individual vote. This is not the time to cast a jocular or feel-good vote for a man whom you may have briefly found entertaining. Donald Trump should not, cannot, and must not be elected President of the United States.”

What is Aleppo

Never heard of it. What about Fuller Park? That is by some accounts the highest crime neighborhood in Chicago. What about Tamir Rice. Maybe the name is familiar but which police shooting was he the victim of?

Aleppo? Well Gary should have recognized it, but the question came out the blue – no one was talking about foreign policy, much less Syria. And once this was clarified, Gary Johnson addressed the issue of what to do about the much larger question of Syria, and the even much larger question of interventionism and regime change.

Gary Johnson is focused on the larger problems of what led to Aleppo and how we can avoid repeating the mistakes that contributed to the environment that led to the humanitarian crisis. Is it the epicenter of residents no longer living with shelter, food, or hospital care or is just one of the many places within Syria from which we are getting reports. Fuller Park is but one neighborhood of many crime infested areas of Chicago and of other cities throughout the country. Tamir Rice, a 12 year old boy shot in Cleveland two years ago is but one of the many black lives lost as a result of police shootings.

Gary Johnson can talk about aspects of crime that the other candidates will not and he recently acknowledged that he had no idea of the institutional racism that preys on black residents with repeated stops whether on the streets of New York or in the towns around Ferguson, Missouri should one be fortunate to find a job and be driving to work through those towns.

Aleppo? – a acronym for something, or perhaps a new app or the latest startup company. When the question comes out of the blue, to look puzzled does not make one unfit for the Presidency. The campaign should use every opportunity to turn this to its advantage and challenge commentators and websites site that attempt to negatively exploit it.

Aleppo is a problem the result of which is the policies that Gary Johnson understands well and of which the American public should want changed.

The above talking points or similar ones should be used to make this momentary lapse an opportunity.

William P. McMillen
Delmar, New York


You may have heard it said that the Libertarian Candidates will be on the ballot in all 50 states. This is true, but only if the difficult task of petitioning is completed in the window of opportunity that in New York State has been designated to run from June 21 to August 2.

In addition, our chapter is the focal point where signatures from around the state will be delivered for processing and assembly. This is an opportunity to become involved in what may become an historic campaign. Never before in our lifetime have so many people been disenchanted with the two main parties. Perhaps this time, we can actually get our friends, neighbors and acquaintances to act in their better interest and through there ballot, express that disenchantment.

Please come out to this meeting, bring your ideas; bring your dedication to change, get involved in the process of placing on the ballot this November, two experienced candidates, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson and former Massachusetts governor William Weld.

Four representatives of our chapter were delegates to the National Convention held Memorial Day weekend in Orlando Florida. Here about the Convention.

Brown’s Brewing Company 417 River Street, Troy. Meeting starts at 6:30 PM.

Freedom of Speech is not just Freedom of the Press

Werner Hetzner, Communication Director of the Capital District Libertarian Party in a letter published in the Times Union on February 4th ask “Did the framers really intend freedom of speech only for the press,” and continues to inquire “Why should the press be more equal and lobbyists less free?”

The letter was in response to a TU Editorial about the Joint Commission of Ethics in which the Times Union took exception to an extension of their mandate into possible oversight of the press.

In his letter, Mr Hetzner pointed out that the Times Union often fails to “object to limits on speech for groups you don’t agree with or find offensive, including “lobbyists, …political consultants, communications specialists or public relations executives” and concludes with the statement “surely newspapers regularly try to influence elections and legislation just like lobbyists.

Picking up on a discussion we had at a recent CDLP monthly meeting at Brown’s Brewing Company, he went on the paraphrase Martin Niemoller “First they came for the Lobbyists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Lobbyist… Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me,” He warned that free speech could be threatened and regulated away. “The ‘Commerce Clause’ has long been a weapon to ‘come for’ many politically inconvenient people, groups and institutions in the past,” and suggested that without vigilance in the defense of all speech, the press “may well be next.”

Helping Big Business and Marginalizing Small Competitors and Unskilled Labor

Have you ever noticed that those with “good” ideas to address economic problems like unemployment and “income inequality” usually involve some sort of government subsidy or “special” tax breaks to a select few. A case in point is our Governor’s Startup New York initiative that provides long term tax exemptions to a select few businesses that locate themselves in one of the areas designated as a startup zone. However, a tax exemption to a selected few means increased taxes to both you and the rest of the people and businesses in the state who are not among the “selected” few. Of course, the selected few will be encouraged to show their gratitude to the Governor in the future.

Income inequality is largely a result of a lack of employment opportunities directed toward the lower level of skills that the unemployed possess. While the recipients of these tax breaks may promise to create jobs at 80 to 100 at a time, these are not necessarily the jobs that are going to provide employment to the currently unemployed. For these people to once again become employed it is necessary to have an economic recovery that applies across the board, one that frees small business from the overregulation and fees that prevent them from growing or getting started. While small business may only create jobs a 5 to 10 jobs at a time, the cumulative effect is far greater. Good ideas do not need government support, good ideas sell themselves, good ideas attract private investments, or so they would if government overregulation didn’t create a layer of fixed costs that discourages the small business startups.

Forcing businesses to provide wages above the skills of their workers, health benefits, retirement and unemployment insurance as well as pay for time not worked, as well as overregulation, licensing fees, a tax free ride for a select few, all have the effect of marginalizing struggling business enterprises, unskilled job applicants and the entire community in which they live. Isn’t it enough that they provide the jobs.

While the corporate giants that can afford these additional mandates might fight them at the start, they are well aware that they can absorb these additional costs which their small competitors cannot.