Liberty’s Lifeline Endorses Wendy Long for U.S. Senate

by Bill O'Connell on June 21, 2012

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Next week the New York primary for federal offices will be held and there are three good candidates running for the United States Senate to face off against Kirsten Gillibrand. The three candidates are George Maragos, Bob Turner, and Wendy Long.

Mr. Maragos is the Nassau County Comptroller. He has done an outstanding job turning around the finances in that government. He is a self-made man who came from humble beginnings. Bob Turner is a congressman who won the seat vacated by the disgraced Anthony Weiner. As a Republican he won in a district where registered Democrats outnumbered registered Republicans by three-to-one. However, as expected, his district was a casualty of reapportionment. Wendy Long is an attorney who served as a law clerk to Clarence Thomas and she also helped create a grass-roots advocacy group that fought for the Senate confirmation of Samuel Alito and John Roberts.

Mr. Maragos is running on his financial expertise. As important as that is in these troubling times, being a Senator is different from being a comptroller or a member of the executive branch. In 2010, Senator Gillibrand ran against an accountant and former congressman, Joe Dio Guardi. He raised many of the same issues and she beat him handily.

Mr. Turner is a businessman who answered the call to public service. He won a tough race in a tough district for which he deserves substantial credit. In full disclosure, this author worked the phones and hit the street in his campaign. However, Mr. Turner, was slow to embrace the Tea Party, perhaps believing that would not help him in his district. In reality, the grass-roots effort by Tea Party groups, particularly the Suffolk 9-12 project, which sent boots on the ground from as far as the east end of Long Island to campaign in Brooklyn and Queens, contributed to his success. While Mr. Turner was the best man in that race and earned the support of Tea Parties, Liberty’s Lifeline believes there is a better choice here.

Wendy Long believes in limited government. She believes that the Constitution means what it says. In a debate on NY1 with Mr. Maragos and Mr. Turner, each of them was asked if they would vote to overturn New York’s gay marriage law. Ms. Long was the only one who seemed to understand federalism. She said that she was running for a federal office that has no vote in state laws. It is a matter for the states to decide. James Madison spelled it out in Federalist 45:

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.

We need more Senators who understand and follow the constitution, and fewer who spend all their time trying to do what is attributed to de Toqueville that, “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” We don’t need Senators, like Senator Gillibrand who travel around the state trying to dole out goodies that will keep her in office. This is a great country because the Founders conceived of the idea of our Constitution, which was conceived to protect our rights and pretty much leave everything else to the extraordinary ingenuity of individual Americans.

We are in the mess we are because our elected representatives lost their way and believe that government is the answer to our problems, when in reality if you peel it back government is almost always the root cause of our major problems. This is not to fall into the trap that conservatives believe in no government. We believe in limited government. In particular, government should be very limited at the federal level and it should be left to the states and localities to decide how much government they want and if the people cannot keep government in check, the people can move to other states or localities that believe in liberty. Once power is amassed at the federal level that freedom, like many others, is gone.

That’s why Liberty’s Lifeline is endorsing Wendy Long for United States Senate. The primary in New York is June 26th. Please come out and vote.

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That’s my opinion; I’d like to know yours. Please comment below.

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  • ~ Nona

    The question re: a gay marriage vote was misused by Mr. Maragos’ campaign to paint Mrs. Long as a “squishy” social conservative. Instead, Mrs. Long’s comment made it abundantly clear that she understands the U.S. Constitution.
    Mr. Maragos may understand balance sheets, but he his understanding of federalism (as noted in your comment) is limited.
    Another good quality: Mrs. Long does not pander!

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