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NEW HAMPSHIRE LEGISLATOR: WE NEED TO 'RESTRICT FREEDOMS' OF CONSERVATIVES

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 3 Jan 2013 

A New Hampshire legislator wants her constituents to know that she feels conservatives are the "single biggest threat" her state faces today, and she wants to use her powers to legislate to "pass measures that will restrict" the freedoms of  Granite State conservatives.

In a blog post made last month on the left-wing site Blue Hampshire, 3rd District State Representative Democrat Cynthia Chase advised her fellow legislators to use their positions to make New Hampshire less welcoming to any conservative or libertarian planning on moving to her state—not to mention those already in residence.

For those unaware, a conservative project of sorts has been underway in New Hampshire since 2001. The idea is that Americans of conservative ideals are to move to New Hampshire, gather in communities, run for office, and work to drive the state toward libertarianism and conservatism. It is called the "Free State Project" and adherents are called "Free Staters."

These Free Staters figure that the state’s motto, “Live Free or Die,” should really mean something and it is these citizens whose freedoms legislator Chase wants to oppress.

In her December 21 post, Chase wrote that, "Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today."

"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."

Of course, it is one thing to be a proponent of laws that might have theunintended consequences of restricting others' freedoms. If one truly believes in such policies, well, they may be disastrously wrong, but at least they'd be honestly wrong. A fine point, to be sure.

But here we have a legislator that doesn't just want to pass laws that are tangentially restrictive. She wants to purposefully use her powers to write laws to target individuals with whom she disagrees, take away their freedoms and liberties, and all in the hopes that the citizens she is oppressing might move away from her state.

As New Hampshirite Steve MacDonald notes, "this sounds like tyranny."

Imagine if a legislator had written a blog post targeting the freedoms of gays, or women, or some other minority? One would think that the media would go wild with such a story. But here we have an elected official suggesting that government be used in the United States of America to eliminate freedoms for certain citizens in order to gain political control and the media is silent.

Sounds like tyranny, indeed.

by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 3:28 AM
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sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 11:38 AM
So your post is a lie and this is about a specific group, the free staters, and not conservatives?

Lol

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sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM
ut here we have an elected official suggesting that government be used in the United States of America to eliminate freedoms for certain citizens in order to gain political control and the media is silent.

The free staters have the same goal
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jessilin0113
by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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She's an idiot.
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..MoonShine..
by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Well goodness knows we could never accuse conservatives of trying to restrict freedoms
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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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What? I don't see your point.

The Free Staters are mostly conservatives, with some libertarians. Should they have called the article "NEW HAMPSHIRE LEGISLATOR: WE NEED TO 'RESTRICT FREEDOMS' OF SOME CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERTARIANS WHO WANT TO MOVE TO THEIR STATE"?

That would be a REALLY long title.

The average person seeing the headline would not know what "Free Staters" are - which is why it is explained in the article.

I don't understand your statement. Could you please clarify? Thanks!

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

So your post is a lie and this is about a specific group, the free staters, and not conservatives?

Lol


SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 1:19 PM
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Not at all. They want to exercise their Constitutional freedoms as citizens like anyone else - use the political process to elect leaders who have their same ideology. How is that different from any law abiding citizen? How is that illegal?

HER actions are illegal, because they actually break the law.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

ut here we have an elected official suggesting that government be used in the United States of America to eliminate freedoms for certain citizens in order to gain political control and the media is silent.

The free staters have the same goal


SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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Your point, and examples please? Thanks!

Quoting ..MoonShine..:

Well goodness knows we could never accuse conservatives of trying to restrict freedoms


..MoonShine..
by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 2:42 PM
Choice and gay marriage (though I know there are plenty of pro-choice, pro marriage equality conservativess). The two most obvious examples.

My point is that there are people on both sides that want certain freedoms restricted, as I'm sure there are some these free state people want to restrict.


Quoting SallyMJ:

Your point, and examples please? Thanks!


Quoting ..MoonShine..:

Well goodness knows we could never accuse conservatives of trying to restrict freedoms


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LucyMom08
by Silver Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 2:44 PM

 I don't think she is right, but I also think the "Free State" thing is absolute bullshit...

Kate_Momof3
by Platinum Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 3:18 PM

 A-men.

I'm not familiar with the Free State project so I  really can't comment on them specifically, though just from the article, they sound kind of scary. New Hampshire does have a strong libertarian streak and there are some very conservative, isolationist folks up there so it doesn't surprise me that a group like that would find it a good place to start their movement.

Quoting JustCJ:

Yep we have them on both sides...and they should never 'define' that side.

Quoting blues_pagan:

This woman is definitely misuing her power. She has taken it to the extreme. But at the same time I can understand residents standing up and wanting to voice their concerns since these "free staters" sound like they want to overrun people who already live there. It sounds like they want to overtake the state which, IMO, is wrong. 

People need to stop it with the them vs us mentality.  It is sickening and sad to think that we have these underhanded battles of sorts simply because people don't share the same views.


 

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