by Elliot Axelman (guest post)
In November of 2018, New Yorkers will go to the polls faced with a choice: They can choose to re-elect a governor who has kept NY’s economy in last place for the past 8 years, they can elect a Republican who will surely campaign on an anti-Cuomo platform and then endorse all the same policies once in office, or they can vote for self-ownership & economic freedom – in the form of a libertarian.
Many libertarians expect that Queens native Larry Sharpe is going to announce his candidacy for governor of New York as a Libertarian next Wednesday (July 12th). Sharpe is a veteran of the US Marine Corp., an entrepreneur and was the favorite to win the vice-presidential nomination at the Libertarian National Convention in 2016, until Gary Johnson won the presidential nomination and demanded Bill Weld be his running mate. He is exceptionally kindhearted, a fantastic speaker, and bi-racial. He is experienced and patient and possesses a scholarly type of wisdom; yet he is also young, energetic, and cool enough to easily relate to nearly every type of millennial. Sharpe is a strong advocate in the battle to end drug prohibition, arguing that it is no more effective than alcohol prohibition was, and imprisoning people for smoking it should have stopped decades ago. This issue reflects a fundamental difference between Sharpe and current Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo believes that government should make every decision for people because people are too stupid and irresponsible to be trusted with freedom. Sharpe, in libertarian fashion, believes that people deserve the liberty to choose how they live, as long as they do not hurt another person. Cuomo has led NYS law enforcement since 2010. NYS law enforcement personnel have arrested many people for possession of marijuana ‘in public view’, with 83% of those arrested in 2015 being people of color. Sensing the losing battle against keeping drugs illegal, Cuomo promises to end criminalization of marijuana during his 8th year in office…
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