ABOUT THE INDEPENDENCE PARTY
OF NEW YORK
The Independence Party is an organization where independent-minded New Yorkers, and people outside the political extremes, can find a home with those of similar views.
In 2020, the Independence Party affiliated with the National Alliance Party.
The Alliance Party 2020 Manifesto* – America: The Gold Medal Nation
The Olympic games are the greatest field of international competition, where athletes from every nation compete to win gold, silver, or bronze medals. The gold medal is awarded to the best of the best. The competitor who represents the pinnacle of performance and achievement. Unfortunately, when America is measured against its national competitors in the contests that truly matter, we, too often, do not even earn a place on the medal stand.
In the critical measures of educational outcomes for our children, incidences of violence, individual carbon footprint, likelihood of upward social and economic mobility, and affordable quality healthcare and individual longevity, our country consistently ranks below our global competitors. The glaring statistics on our performance should force all of us to demand better from our elected leaders – and from ourselves. Why shouldn’t America rank as the absolute best example in the world in the outcomes that determine the quality of life of our citizens?
Our political reform movement’s singular goal is to dramatically transform our dysfunctional partisan democracy of extremism into a functional democracy driven by innovative and term-limited political leaders. Unlike the duopoly, our aims are not to move the direction of the country Left or Right, but Forward. We want to create a revitalized, world-leading United States: America 2.0. If we want to be the example for the rest of the world to emulate, we must achieve success by leading our nation towards better outcomes in combating the human challenges we all have in common: climate change, poverty, ignorance, sickness, income inequality, and injustice. We must earn the credibility to lead through superior achievement, because no one wants to emulate a loser. America must truly outperform global standards if we want to be the gold medal winner of nations.
The Alliance Party, and its candidates, believe that we should put our national efforts towards excelling in the critical areas that determine quality of life for all Americans, our global communities, and our planet itself. This requires that at a national level we have a unified vision of what success looks like, as well as unity of effort to achieve our objectives. Universal and equal realization of benefits means that our elected officials must be a voice for all the people that they represent, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation, religious preferences, etc. They should embrace various cultures and identities to create an inclusive society representative of our tremendous diversity. The United States has one of the most diverse populations on the planet, which is an incredible advantage and opportunity that we should leverage in our aims to be the Gold Medal Nation.
The Alliance Party believes that we are the nation that can lead the world, because we have done it before and still do in a variety of areas, which means that our success in winning the gold is not a matter of ability, but will. We must immediately set our sights on winning the gold in the critical areas of economic renewal, environmental stewardship, providing quality and affordable healthcare], and educating the future generations of Americans to successfully compete on the world stage. These tasks should begin immediately. Today. Without regard for partisan politics, ideological constraints, or historical limitations.
* We are using the Oxford English Dictionary definition of manifesto as a “public declaration of policy and aims, especially one issued before an election by a political party or candidate.”
Independence Party seeks to foster balanced and pragmatic leadership and an end to partisan stagnation in government.
We pride ourselves on being the only non-ideological political party -- a big tent of individuals with a diversity of ideas rooted in common sense. We are unique in that the Independence Party does not take positions on divisive social issues.
Furthermore, we never ask political candidates or elected officials to bend their views to meet the narrow tenets of a political party. We expect candidates to speak truthfully to the voters and their constituents unencumbered by political leadership.
We strive to drive transformation in government by advocating for independent and progressive leadership that is not beholden to special interests.
We support ethical, experienced leaders as candidates, and those who pledge to actively root out waste, fraud, and mismanagement.
Six words describe the Alliance's principles and governing philosophy.
Everything we do is based on these foundational values.
Unity, and therefore Community
Unity, and therefore Community
To unify our country, we use civility, respect, and ethics in communicating with each other in our political discourse and in our lives. America’s backbone is strong communities, where we are united as neighbors in our common goals. We must again know our neighbors by working together, across different ethnic, religious, gender, and political spectrums - beyond towns, cities, and states - to build our communities and unify our country.
Americans must take responsibility for our future. Responsibility informs fiscal, social, civic, and environmental actions and behaviors. As Allies, we recognize that we owe this same responsibility to each other. We support an inclusive capitalism, which emphasizes a bottom line where people, planet, and profit intersect in a way that leaves our society and the world better than we found it.
The Alliance believes honesty and integrity are essential to public service, and accountability and transparency lie at the heart of this organization. We hold our candidates accountable to deliver on their promises to their voters. And, we support the free press, which must hold itself accountable for fair, truthful, accurate, and unbiased reporting, as an essential body that holds all in government accountable.
Fairness is a universal desire, something we all seek and understand on a gut level. Every American has a right to freedom and the pursuit of happiness free from favoritism or discrimination. We must restore fairness in politics, and with fairness, we can fix a rigged system, so everyone plays by the same rules.
The Alliance Party is built on a foundation of integrity, transparency, and truthfulness. We promise to be trustworthy in all things, earning America’s trust by what we do, and not by what we say. The world still looks to America to lead, and integrity is where this leadership must start.
Success in building community, taking responsibility, applying fairness and accountability and demonstrating integrity requires civility. Civility is more than politeness; it challenges deeply ingrained notions of us and them and having the courage to listen to and seek to understand those with whom we profoundly disagree. Civility is the baseline of respect that we owe to one another.
Over the years, certain members of the New York press have claimed that the Independence Party stands for 'nothing.' This could not be further from the truth. We believe the decline of the print media as an industry has led to a similar decline in the overall quality of journalism, and despite our efforts to correct the record and provide thorough and meaningful responses to the small number of reporters and editors who have made such claims, they continue to print falsehoods. Some of this is rooted in political bias and lack of initiative for fact-checking, and in other cases, it's truly journalistic malpractice.
If you would like to understand the Independence Party, its history, and what it stands for, please read the book, What About The Rest of Us? by Chairman Frank MacKay. It is available on Amazon, Kindle, and through other fine retailers.