Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Hampshire Democrat: 'Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today'

New Hampshire Democrat: 'Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today':
Free Staters are threatening her way of lifeThe Free State Project, described by
Brian Doherty in these pages two
years ago
as "an interesting experiment to get 20,000
libertarians to all relocate to New Hampshire to reshape local and
state politics in a place where those numbers are politically
powerful," has been successful enough to make at least some New
Hampshire Democrats declare this ragtag group of
fill-in-the-blank-archists as Enemy Number One.
At the progressive site
Blue Hampshire
last week, a diarist named The Money Magician
warned that the 20,000 signature moment (at which point, in theory,
those who signed up for the pledge to move to the Live Free or Die
State would make good on their promise) could come as early as
2015. "I wish there was some way to repel these people," the
Magician lamented.
The interesting comments section ("A libertarian is an Anarchist
that is too lazy or too scared to move to Somilia," writes tchair)
this bit
from cyndychase, later identified by the
Free Keene kids
as "District 8 State Representative Cynthia
Chase of Keene." Excerpt:
Run for your lives!In the
opinion of this Democrat, Free Staters are the single biggest
threat the state is facing today.  There is, legally, nothing
we can do to prevent them from moving here to take over the state,
which is their openly stated goal.  In this country you can
move anywhere you choose and they have that same right.  What
we can do is to make the environment here so unwelcoming that some
will choose not to come, and some may actually leave.  One way
is to pass measures that will restrict the "freedoms" that they
think they will find here.  Another is to shine the bright
light of publicity on who they are and why they are
coming. [...]
Here in Keene we had a couple show up on Central Square to take
part in our weekly Saturday morning peace demonstration. In the
course of the conversation they allowed that they were Free Staters
considering moving to Keene. The folks on the Square told them in
no uncertain terms not to do that because Free Staters are not
welcome here.  Cheshire County is a welcoming community but
not to those whose stated goal is to move in enough ideologues to
steal our state, and our way of life. 
Let's hope that viewpoint discrimination is legal in the renting world, Lucy!Charming! Commenter Lucy
, who appears to be a recently
failed Democratic candidate
for the New Hampshire House of
Representatives, replied with even more tolerance:
A friend had a young man from Texas contact her to rent a room
she had available.  She got in touch with me to ask what to do
when he told her he was coming to NH as part of the Free State
Project. Here's what she decided to tell him: "I told him that I
already rented the room, and that I didn't appreciate him coming
here to change our state government, it was an insult to me. That
if he wanted to make change to start self examining his own life in
a mindful way and stay in Texas to make the changes he wants not
come here. And not contact me again."
In what nefarious ways are the Free Staters changing New
Hampshire? Getting marijuana growers out of jail by using the rare
tactic of
jury nullification
, among other things.
Link via Instapundit. Reason on the
Free State Project here,
including Brian Doherty's great December 2004 piece "Revolt
of the Porcupines
." I interviewed Free State Project President
Carla Gericke for in 2011: