Live Free or Die; How the Free State Project is a “Threat” to New Hampshire

Tim Bean




Okay, if you are tired of hearing about the “fiscal cliff” of our government’s own creation, and gun control, then have I got a treat for you.  Well, maybe not so much a treat, but maybe a bit of an eye opener as to what some in government really feel about “us” and “them.”  The “us” is of course all of us, and the “them,” is, well, those who purport to represent us – our elected officials.

Our story begins with New Hampshire, a small New England state of about 1.3 million residents.  New Hampshire is famous for the poet, Robert Frost, the  President Franklin Pierce, maple syrup, its fantastic autumnal changing of the leaves colors, oh and its state motto, “Live Free or Die,” which was coined during our country’s fight for independence.  New Hampshire has clinged to that motto for the 236 years since our country won its independence, and as such it doesn’t have a state income tax, nor does it have a state sales tax, and has the lowest taxes as a percentage of gross income of all of the continental United States.  Wow, that state must be a general hell hole if it doesn’t make use of tax payer monies to keep everything running smoothly – right?

Well, no, despite not taxing the holy beegeesus out of its residents, New Hampshire is the sixth richest state in America; and here is the kicker, even without all of those taxes New Hampshire still manages to provide those government services, like paving roads, building schools, keeping the water running, and the lights on.  Wow, ain’t that something, a place where taxes are kept deliberately low can still function and prosper, so much so that New Hampshire consistently ranks at or towards the top of America’s most livable states . . . Sounds downright mythical doesn’t it?

It is because of that state’s freedom/liberty loving spirit that it became the focus of an organization called, The Free State Project.  What is The Free State Project?  Well, I’ll let their website do the talking:

The Free State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire. We are looking for neighborly, productive, tolerant folks from all walks of life, of all ages, creeds, and colors who agree to the political philosophy expressed in our Statement of Intent, that government exists at most to protect people’s rights, and should neither provide for people nor punish them for activities that interfere with no one else.

Now that sounds down right dastardly doesn’t it?  With the use of words like, “liberty-loving,” “neighborly,” “productive,” and heaven help us all, that oh so horrible word, “tolerant.”  Then there is the fact that they wish to include people from all walks of life, regardless of age, creeds, and colors!  I mean these people are utter monsters if they wish to include everyone in their grand design of forming a tolerant, neighborly, productive, liberty loving society; and this kind of movement most assuredly must be stopped!

Of course I am being facetious there, because to any sane human being, none of those things sound so horrible at all.  In fact they sound rather noble.  Apparently though, not everyone sees this movement that way.  Which apparently means that some people might not be so sane as to think that an all inclusive group, who wishes to be tolerant, neighborly, and productive, which also happens to share the founding principles of our country, and New Hampshire’s 236 year history of limited government, and liberty; then such a group must be a threat to New Hampshire.cindy-chase-150x150

Meet New Hampshire State Representative Cynthia Chase, a Democrat representing Cheshire County District 8; and she has gone on record saying that the biggest threat to the entire state of New Hampshire are the “Free Staters.”  Let’s take a look at exactly what she said, just so I cannot be accused of misquoting her, or taking her words out of context:

Free Staters Unwelcome Here

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.  They can not put their ideology into our statutes unless we elect them in great enough numbers to take over our General Court.  We have already seen them try during the last session of the General Court.  Our last election was a repudiation of their extremism

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.

Ultimately the Free Staters want NH to be a platform state for them to export their views to the rest of the country.  Some of these folks dress up pretty well, but if you check their website you will find that they are really wolves in sheep’s clothing.  The best strategy from my perspective is to keep shining a light on their views and activities and make it very plain that NH is not up for sale to any ideology.  To ignore these people and hope they go away is a recipe for disaster.

Did you notice anything about what she said that should perhaps raise your eyebrows a little?  How about her stated goal to make the environment in New Hampshire, “ unwelcoming that some will choose not to come, and some may actually leave.”  Her mission to do this is pretty simple, “…pass measures that restrict the “freedoms” that they think they will find here.”

Okay, yes, according the Free State Project’s website, they do wish to have enough people living in New Hampshire to shape that state’s policies, and governance; but anyone who is even fractionally familiar with the concept of liberty should know that it isn’t some insidious force, bent on controlling everyone’s lives.  It is actually quite the contrary.  However, it is Ms. Chase’s proposal on how to deal with all of these outsiders (more on that later) that should have every New Hampshire resident scared to death, and that is to  limit EVERYONE’s “freedoms” (I don’t know why she puts that word in quotes, but she does – maybe she doesn’t believe in freedom?) as to make New Hampshire such an unattractive place for not just the free staters, but I suppose everyone, to live in and/or move to.  Sounds positively delightful, doesn’t it?

Yep, the cat is out of the bag now, Ms. Chase, a Democrat, wishes not to have free thinking, tolerant, neighborly, productive people moving to “her” (I’ll get to that, I swear) state.  Oh, no, no, those kind of people could ruin everything for her, because they will not yield to being controlled – by her and the government; which she is a member of; and the only way to stop such evil is to bring it to its knees and force it to kiss the cherished ring of big government.  I’ll let author and historian Tom Woods explain it in a little more blunt terms:

Finally there is this whole bit about how these Free Staters, these outsiders, are going to ruin New Hampshire, with their intent to spread such an evil ideologies as tolerance, inclusion, productivity, and liberty.  Well, guess what?  Our dear Ms. Cynthia Chase is herself an outsider, having moved to the “Live Free or Die” state in 2006, from Rhode Island.  What has she done since she’s gotten there?  Oh nothing much, other than running for office so that she can spread her ideologies; which apparently do not include tolerance, inclusion, productivity, and certainly not liberty.  In fact, thanks to; below is a list of “outsiders” who are in a position of power in New Hamshire’s state government:

Moral of the story (according Cynthia Chase): transplants to NH are not welcome… unless they intend to bring big government and statism with them!

Well, I guess New Hampshire residents should sleep well knowing what Ms. Chase and the rest of her pals in the General Court plan on doing TO them now.  Live Free or Die indeed.


Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.  (Woodrow Wilson)



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