New Hampshire Lawmaker Proposes Restricting Freedom to Keep Out Free Staters

New Hampshire General Court (Source: State of New Hampshire)

New Hampshire is targeted for the “Free State Project.” Essentially, it is geared to motivate libertarian-minded individuals to move to New Hampshire and takeover the state politically. The organizers of the movement believe that they will create a utopia-like society that the rest of the nation and world will look at admirably and seek to model. Although not connected to the Libertarian Party, most of its members embrace libertarian principles.

Maybe it will work, but it is more likely to be a pie-in-the-sky plan that will never achieve its goals. It is more likely that these individuals will become an important player in major issues but not the rulers of the state. In regards to gay marriage and the decriminalization of drugs, their plan is a good thing. In gutting the state tax code, slashing public education funding and other programs, their idea doesn’t sound so enticing.

Nevertheless, they have a right to move, vote and speak out as they please. New Hampshire state Rep. Cynthia Chase agrees with that right, but she isn’t happy about it. Chase believes that these “Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today.”

A little hyperbole in politics is to be expected, but Chase wants to take her concerns to an entirely new level. In a December 21 blog post, Chase devised a plan to thwart all those Free Staters:

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. They can not put their ideology into our statutes unless we elect them in great enough numbers to take over our General Court.

Ah, what a perfect plan! Chase and her cohorts will turn New Hampshire into such a statist, authoritarian place that the Free Staters might even pack up and leave. New Hampshire will be made into such a miserable and repressive state that no intruders will ever again bring their out-of-state ideas about liberty into the state ever again. Of course, if you are one of the 1.3 million people living in New Hampshire, the Free Staters may not seem like they are the “single biggest threat” any longer. Nope, people like Chase will ascend to that title.

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