Friday, October 22, 2010

The Focus of Long Island 51st State

The idea behind the creation of a new state for Long Island is not one that is merely based on political ideology, but for perfectly practical reasons.  In one sentence, the mission of this movement can be explained: The mission of the LI51 Movement is to making living on Long Island more affordable to residents both upstate and downstate and continue to provide the high quality of life expected here on the island without sacrificing resources to benefit those outside the realm of Long Island.

However, it seems as if the mission has become lost in this ideological preaching that has occurred from a variety of sources within the movement that are disturbing for those interested in this movement.  This movement is not a movement to create an anarchist society.  It is not a movement to create an entirely private school system.  And it is not a movement to redefine how Long Islanders handle business.  The is not a libertarian (or Libertarian) movement, nor is it an anarchist movement or the bullshit voluntaryist movement based out of the Free State Project.  To make everyone clear about what political ideologies are behind this movement, I will break it down.  William Cerf is a staunch libertarian who is a firm supporter of the Modern Whig Party.  Tim Foley, from what I can tell, is a pretty strong liberal and a supporter of the Democratic Party.  And I (what I like to call an adjunct supporter of LI51) am a moderate/centrist and cherry pick between the Democrats and the Republicans.  And I have no clue who the other contributor is, so he'll introduce himself when he walks in.

So, now you have met us.  You know how our minds work ideologically.  What I want everyone to know is that LI51 is NOT an ideological movement, it is a movement based on practicality and government business, not an attempt to eliminate government.  With that, I will say that I am extremely disappointed with the actions one of our contributors has taken within the group and I am calling on this person to take a step down from a contributor and organizer within the LI51 movement as his actions have become irrational and have stepped outside of the mission of the movement.  William Cerf has used this movement as a soundboard for his own personal propaganda and thoughts rather than actually stepping forward to promote the LI51 movement.  He has connected this movement to other movements that are completely irrelevant to this group and has circumvented the established leadership of this movement regarding his promotion and interactions of LI51.  It is an absolute disappointment that he has chosen to promote his own ideologies ahead of the thoughts of the actual Long Islanders who will actually be affected by this move.  As a Brooklyn resident, there is no guarantee that he will actually become a resident of this new state because of the complicated process of Queens and Brooklyn to secede from the Greater City of New York.  As someone who has leadership aspirations in outside organizations, I understand the necessity to listen to people and work with the people that will be affected by changes and movements like this.  William unfortunately hasn't.  So today, after his irrational actions to promote groups like the Free State Project, I will officially ask William Cerf to step down as a contributor to the blog and as a representative of this movement.  

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