The New York Men’s Action Network (NY MAN) and the Coalition of Fathers and Families NY, Inc. has for many years asked the parents the question, “are you happy with the system as it currently exists?” If the answer was no we would encourage people to get involved in the political process and to make sure they registered in a party, vote in the primary and again in the general election. (find general advice on party affiliation, the NYS political process, and grass roots lobbying here http://nymensactionnetwork.org/advocacy-get-active.shtml)
The question would come up on who to vote for if both candidates were equally bad and we would advise to vote out the incumbent. Or another option would be to write in a name, any name, as a protest vote. This was especially important when you had only one candidate running and they were bad for men, fathers and families.
In the worst of the worst of political cronyism is when the two major parties would get together and cross endorse one candidate with a Democrat in one district and a Republican in the other, thus each party ensuring their hold on a position. And in many districts the voter advantage for one party is so high that the other party doesn’t run a candidate and so the primary is the real election. But here, party loyalty takes hold and most candidates won’t buck their own parties leadership.
Other than for Town Justice in New York State the “rules” limit the judicial positions to a member of the Bar Association. So we not only have a one party monopoly, it is further limited to just attorneys who are forced to work not only in the party system but also in the court system, both of which would frown on a “maverick” stepping up to buck the system and tell the truth.
But this is family court, a court of equity and one dealing with people. How is it that attorneys are more qualified to pass judgement on individuals? Actually one would think that those in the medical or social science fields would be equally if not more so qualified. And why would we rule out an everyday citizen? We use a “jury of our peers” to ensure fairness in our criminal courts so why do we exclude these protections in our most important court, the one deciding the fate of our family and of ourselves?
So what’s a person to do?
Yes, one Doug Smith is running to remove the stench from the bench and we here at NY MAN are encouraging everyone who finds themselves with a one person “race” for Judge, or a two bad person race to write in Doug’s name. Especially those in Saratoga County in NYS.
No more standing idly by and not voting because you don’t have a good choice or any choice at all. If you are tired of the stench that the parties keep sending to the bench, let them know you want an open, honest election of qualified persons.
The New York Men’s Action Network has found NO race with an impartial qualified judge not beholden to the system. As such we endorse DOUG SMITH to REMOVE THE STENCH FROM THE BENCH and ask that you write in his name for judicial positions this coming election day. By writing in your vote for DOUG SMITH you are letting the NYS Court system that you are NOT happy with their biased and inefficient system which ;lunders family assets all the while tearing them apart.
If you wish to talk to Doug or to comment on the “REMOVE THE STENCH FROM THE BENCH” You can reach him, FaFNY, and NY MAN online at https://www.facebook.com/groups/Fathers4Kids/.
And remember VOTE for DOUG SMITH to REMOVE THE STENCH FROM THE BENCH!