A possible threat to incite violence against an unfavored minority. Here’s the story:
Democrat State Rep. Cynthia Chase of Keene has recently displayed an alarming attitude of bigotry and prejudice against libertarians and conservatives who make up the Free State Project movement. Her comments have gone viral, and are being reported today in the Union Leader by John DiStaso.
It’s the Union Leader article I want to discuss. In the comments section after DiStaso’s column, someone calling himself “John Forrest” wrote the following:
“The Free Staters are NOT libertarians. They are anarchists, dressed as nerds. They are obnoxious and work to challenge any and every law they do not agree with. And there are no laws that really suit their purpose. Libertarians work within the system to get changes. Free Staters have made folls and nuisances of themselves for the publicity of their cause. They are closer to the wall street occupiers than any legitimate libertarian. Had the District Court Judge in Keene had a spine and had the local police had the slightest amount of desire to do their job, the Free Staters would have been arrested on a regular basis and been sent to jail every time they came in. I disagree with Ms Chase….they are not a threat. They can be dealt with through competent and aggressive legal action. And they can be dealt with in other ways as well if they cause to much trouble.”
I’ve added emphasis on that last sentence. What exactly does that mean? How can the “obnoxious Free Staters” be “dealt with” other than through the police and justice system? I’ll say the obvious: It is a threat to incite violence against a minority, not unlike a racist threatening violence against another racial group. (The Free State Project on its web site, by the way, explicitly denounces those who advocate violence as a way to address political issues)
Will there be a police investigation of this person and his threat? Mentally unstable people who may be prone to violence often give hints and warnings about what they’re planning before they take action. Is this such a warning by such an individual? For everyone’s safety, it should be looked into by the authorities. Stay tuned….