Editor's note: The following is the text of a petition by the newly-formed Patriot League of CNY, signed by 20 of their members and sent into the Syracuse Post-Standard last week, and who protested in front of the Post-Standard's offices on April 15th. Their website (under construction) will be located at www.plcny.org
"Finding that the two party political system is currently more about seizing and maintaining personal power, rather than our elected legislators exercising their authority for the good of the People as a whole, the Patriot League of Central New York has been formed. We believe that government of the People, by the People and for the People should be returned to the People. With strength in numbers and in votes, we seek the empowerment of ideas that are in the interest of the common good, education, endorsement and enlightenment of all American citizens and the return to the Judeo- Christian values of the United States of America. The values this country was originally founded upon and that were enumerated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America."
Airing of Grievances
April 15, 2006
We, the undersigned, have assembled on this day to express our extreme dissatisfaction and disgust with what we deem as business as usual, at the expense of the common citizen, in Central New York. While armed solely with both the power of voice and vote, we aim to continue to utilize both in order to bring about change in said status quo so as to rid ourselves of that which ails us.
We cite the following grievances:
Career, corrupt, and out of touch politicians who feel the office exists for their own benefit
Pork-barrel politics, particularly the funding of white elephant projects benefiting wealthy, private institutions such as Syracuse University
Abuse of non-profit status by “For-Profit” organizations such as SU with little or no public oversight or approval
Ever-increasing income and property taxes
Ever-increasing governmental budgets
Growth in the number of taxpayer-subsidized jobs and businesses
Ever-increasing school budgets despite poor performance
Ever-increasing tax-payer subsidization of social programs
Lack of regulatory oversight and enforcement relative to price gouging by utilities
Lack of distinction between the Republican and Democratic Parties
Biased reporting and editorial oversight by the Syracuse Post-Standard
We support the following remedies:
Term-limits on political office
Public referendum with regards to governmental budgets, tax increases and public-funded projects
Public oversight and revocation of non-profit status regarding abusive *
“For-Profit” organizations and subsequent taxation of said income
TAX CUTS, TAX CUTS, TAX CUTS!
Reduction in governmental agencies, budgets and payrolls
Public oversight and approval of utility and gas price increases
Consolidation of services amongst towns and villages
Overhaul of the educational system by rolling back the clock and getting back to basics (3Rs, character development, personal responsibility, and vocational training focusing on the trades and apprenticeships)
Reform of the GOP and a return to conservative principles
Conservative representation on the Post-Standard editorial board
Next Meeting: Monday, May 1st 7pm at the Mattydale VFW Join Us!
"... Whenever the Legislators endeavor to take away, and destroy the Property of the People, or to reduce them to Slavery under Arbitrary Power, they put themselves into a state of War with the People, who are thereupon absolved from any farther Obedience ... [Power then] devolves to the People, who have a Right to resume their original Liberty, and, by the Establishment of a new Legislative (such as they shall think fit) provide for their own Safety and Security, which is the end for which they are in Society." John Locke
- Submitted by Jon Alvarez
* Editor's clarification: I asked Jon what sort of public oversight he envisioned, he replied "we feel volunteers would step forward to help with oversight and regulation...just like staffing libraries"