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Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 7:45 am

Party Politics and the Faux Debate

 
My name is Jim Rosenbeck. I live with my wife,  Debbie Kerr Rosenbeck at 13 Lewis Avenue in the city. Nine candidates are running for Batavia City Council at Large this Fall. You will be electing three of those candidates to serve on City Council.
I am running as an independent candidate with the endorsement of the Genesee County Libertarian Party (gclpny.org) to which I belong. The Libertarians are also endorsing Lisa Whitehead for City Council at Large.  She is a good person and I enthusiastically support her candidacy.
However, you won't find Lisa's name and my name together on any yard signs or on any campaign material. That is because we are different people with unique strengths and abilities. We don't have the same view on every issue and we won't try to convince you  to vote for us because we represent some inherently superior political party. In fact, I am convinced that big government run by Libertarians would be just as corrupt and wasteful as big government run by republicans and democrats.  I will be voting for the person not the party.  Voting for three names on a placard scares me.  I am not willing to accept that any one party has cornered the market on good candidates.  It is too simplistic a view.  I personally know many of the individuals running for City Council. Some of them are my friends. What I don't buy is party line politics. That idea is too old, worn out and fraught with poor results.
The courage and conviction of Council candidate Rosemary Christian who stepped outside the safety of party politics and entered this election as an independent is admirable.  She might agree with me that the debate is no longer about republican values vs. democrat values  That debate is a tired old exercise.  Frankly, I have a difficult time telling the difference between the two big parties at times.
As a result,  I no longer participate in the red state/blue state faux debate.  I don't support the faux wars on terror, the faux war on drugs or the faux war on poverty that are all filled with rhetoric and tax dollars but fall short on results.  The real debate is between those who  support big, authoritarian  government vs. those who support liberty and personal responsibility.  This is true at the state and national level, and locally as well.
 
There are nine candidates asking for your vote.  It doesn't matter what team we say we are on. We owe you more than the willingness to wave a team flag.  We need to tell you our vision and listen to your concerns. To that end, I am in the process of walking every street in Batavia to meet as many city residents as possible. My promise to you is one of transparency and trust.  We need to move away from party politics and elect people with a vision and a willingness to lead.  You can read the specifics of my vision by visiting the Facebook link below. Every position I take on an issue is and will be clearly communicated. My position doesn't change to fit the audience. I welcome the opportunity to discuss any local issues with you. To find out more about my candidacy please contact me at [email protected] or by phone at 585.356.8623. Follow my campaign at www.facebook.com/Rosenbeck4Batavia. I ask for your vote in November.
Sincerely,
Jim Rosenbeck
Candidate for City Council at Large
 
Monday, January 21, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Photo: More than 20 people show up for meeting to form Libertarian Party in Genesee County

post by Howard B. Owens in Libertarian Party, politics

Phil Ricci, upper right, leads a discussion at Coffee Culture among the more than 20 people who showed up to help form the Libertarian Party in Genesee County.

I was only there for a few minutes to get a picture. I'll let Phil, in comments, if he wishes, discuss what went on tonight and what progress was made.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Phil Ricci pushing effort to organize Libertarian Party in Genesee County

post by Howard B. Owens in Libertarian Party, Phil Ricci, politics

The time might be right for a third party to try to make a difference in Genesee County politics, the way Phil Ricci sees it, so he along with a small group of like-minded residents are working getting the Libertarian Party established locally.

The process involves signing up members for the committee, holding a convention and finding a candidate or two to run for local offices.

"I think this has been coming for a long time," Ricci said. "There's a growing interest in the breakdown of the two-party system. People see either Republican or Democrat and they just don't fit in. I think what the ideology of Libertarian stands for is vastly misunderstood. More people have what I believe are libertarian beliefs and are looking for viable options to the two-party system. They want less intrusive government and people in government who are responsible financial stewards."

Rather than trying get candidates elected to national and state offices, Ricci thinks any viable third-party effort needs to start at the local level where it's easier to build an organization.

And localism fits well with the basic Libertarian tenant of less intrusive government.

"Here's the big thing -- I'm tired of people far away telling people here, where we live, what's best for us," said Ricci, who ran for Batavia City Council in 2009 and is currently a member of the Batavia City School District Board of Education.

"We control were we live, and we do that as an individual, so why does our government, which has no real local connection, even think about telling us what we should do for our local community? We need local ideas, local vision, to fix local issues."

At a minimum, Ricci would like to have Genesee County Libertarians well enough organized by late summer to run at least one candidate for city council, perhaps a candidate or two in village or town elections and maybe the county legislature.

"Our first goal is to allow people who support individual liberty to have a viable choice at the local level," Ricci said.

On Facebook: The Genesee County Libertarian Committee.

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