A while ago, a now former NH State Representative Seth Cohn urged me to come to a meeting at the New Hong Kong restaurant to, as he said, “talk some politics with folks that are involved”. Little did I know what I’d be getting into – and that was fine! Many of the folks that attend are Free State Project “members” in that they came to NH because compared to other states, it had a low overall level of taxation and better yet, small government. I have interviewed Dr. Jason Sorens before, so I knew the overall mindset – we tolerate a limited government, let it do a few things very well, and then leave us alone – we can be responsible for ourselves (the absolute antithesis of Democrats, who all but worship bigger government with the mindset, as we are seeing, that no one can be successful without out).
Sidenote: with that mindset, aren’t all Democrats then assuming that we are all LOSERS from the get-go? And boy, don’t the Dems go absolutely bat-crazy as more of the FSPers get involved in local and state politics – because the Dems just cannot understand that most of us don’t WANT the larger government they do.
Anyways, after this Saturday’s meeting, some of them went out to go clean the highway. You often see those signs along the highways saying that such and such is doing the litter cleanup? While some of them actually do the work themselves, most hire firms that specialize in doing just that. The LR Porcs, on the other hand, believe in that self-responsibility and doing it themselves. If one is going to be in Society, then one cannot outsource that responsibility. So, out they went to show, in this small way, that they are not the anarchists that Ray Buckley (NH Dem Chair) claims they are and out to kill off government completely. A very quickly done video:
I like going to the meetings when I can get there – nice to hear what others are doing and I get challenged on almost every point of politics (being the “token Conservative” – heh!). I have always said that I deserve to lose if I cannot hold up my end of the argument and I will admit, there are times that I do lose. Fine – it forces me to rethink my stances and the reasons behind them.
Or, as Seth Cohn loves to say, “every time you come, you think more and more like us!”. I smile at that.
In the mean time, thank the Lakes Region Porcupines for a cleaner part of Rte 3 between Laconia and Winnisquam.