NH Listens? No They Don’t. They Tell!

by Steve MacDonald

NH Listens is running around the state training “facilitators” to advance a decidedly left wing agenda.  And why not?  The ‘interim’ directer of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire–which runs NH Listens–is not only a well connected left winger, he doesn’t even live in the granite State.

He lives in Maine.

And have you seen who he donates to politically?

Mallory, Bruce L
Kittery Point, ME 03905
University of New Hampshire/Profess
SHEA-PORTER, CAROL (D)
House (NH 01)
CAROL SHEA-PORTER FOR CONGRESS
$250
primary
06/12/10
MALLORY, BRUCE L
KITTERY POINT, ME 03905
UNIVERSITY OF NH/PROFESSOR
HODES, PAUL W (D)
Senate – NH
HODES FOR SENATE
$250
primary
03/09/10
Mallory, Bruce
Kittery Point, ME 03905
University of New Hampshire/Provost
OBAMA, BARACK (D)
President
OBAMA FOR AMERICA
$250
general
09/06/08
Mallory, Bruce L
Kittery Point, ME 03905
University of New Hampshire/Provost
SHEA-PORTER, CAROL (D)
House (NH 01)
CAROL SHEA-PORTER FOR CONGRESS
$250
primary
06/28/08
Mallory, Bruce
Kittery Point, ME 03905
University of New Hampshire/Profess
OBAMA, BARACK (D)
President
OBAMA FOR AMERICA
$250
primary
03/06/08
Mallory, Bruce
Kittery Point, ME 03905
University of New Hampshire/Profess
OBAMA, BARACK (D)
President
OBAMA FOR AMERICA
$250
primary
12/27/07

So we’ve got a guy form Maine who is an ardent left-winger, who invites nationally renown community organizers like Bill Ayers to the state, and runs a group of professional professionals from UNH, public employees of the state,  who actively train and then insert their “facilitators” between town boards, committees, and residents.

Is it just me or does it sound like this project is more interested in telling New Hampshire what it needs by using one of the oldest tricks in the book?.  Pitting trained professionals against amateurs.

I am reminded of a seminar in which a police officer and a lawyer tell you why you should always remain silent and ask for a lawyer, whenever you are likely to be questioned by law enforcement.  Years of cop shows have taught us to distrust people who “lawyer up’ but the reason is actually very simple.  The police are trained experts at interviewing.  You, more than likely, are not.  It is therefore unfair for you to enter into any conversation which could lead you to accidentally incriminate yourself simply because you do not have the same skill-set as the person across from you.   And seeing as the outcome could result in your being under suspicion or even detained–literally denied your freedom–you should never engage law enforcement in such circumstances without a trained interviewer on your side of the table.

In the typical town meeting or board and committee format, the people elected or appointed may have better skills, or may feel like thy do, but at the end of the day they are accountable to you, your money and even your votes.  While there may be factors that give the town officials a turf advantage this is easily mitigated by the fact that these are still your neighbors.

NH Listens is not accountable to you, even when some of them are your neighbors, and is the social justice equivalent of the trained interrogator facing off against those with lessor skills.  The NH Listens ‘facilitators’ are taught how to use human nature, group dynamics, body language, interview and word choice to not just drive the discussion toward a pre-determined goal, but when possible to get the group to believe that they came upon the decision themselves.

Whether brought in my a board or committee member or elected official or not, they are not there to help you figure out what is best for your town, or your kids–in the case of Education, for example.  They are their to manipulate the conversation, and therefore policy, towards a set of preferred priorities that fit their political and social agendas.

Now this has been going on as long as man has used language, so the Carsey Institute at UNH, which runs NH Listens, is simply using these methods to help advance a decidedly progressive agenda by offering to “help’ mediate discussions or debate so that people are convinced to arrive at policy decisions more geared toward their agenda than your own.  They are also increasingly found advising your town boards and committees, using their source pedigree – NH Listens and the Carsey Institute, to legitimize them in that role.

It behooves you to become aware of them and to find out if and what affect they may be having on your local government.

Examples?

From Tim Carter at Moultonboro Speaks wrote this regrading his experience with Dr. Mallory (the Democrat donor who runs the project) after an NH Listens session in his area.

Dr. Mallory asked me to call him after the meeting. I did, and we set up a subsequent face-to-face meeting. While sitting at the outside tables at Burrito Me in downtown Laconia, NH, Dr. Mallory wanted to know what I and the Tea Party felt about NH Listens.

I pulled out a print out of the home page of the NH Listens website. Right there was a list of their Board of Advisors – a veritable Who’s Who of the most liberal people in New Hampshire.

My response was pretty simple. If I recall, I said something like, “Dr. Mallory, until such time as you put an equal amount of conservatives on your Board of Advisors as you have Liberals, NH Listens is suspect of advancing a liberal agenda.”

Dr. Mallory denied that NH Listens used the Delphi Technique at the meetings they facilitate. But you know the old saying, right? If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and squawks like a duck, then it’s a duck.

As soon as he saw the print out of his website with this damning information he told his right-hand woman attending the meeting, “We need to remove that from the site.” And sure enough they did. They completely remodeled the website and scrubbed away any reference to any person whatsoever on the site. That alone should cause you great consternation.

Why would such a public group hide who they are, who runs the group and how they get their funding to advance their agenda? When you visit the NH Listens About Us page, there’s nothing there but smoke and mirrors.

Emphasis mine.

And he’s right.  To this day you have to chase links back to UNH and the Carsey Institute to see the rouges gallery of liberals who are perpetrating this fraud; a procession of  professional professionals who just “know better.”  And look at all the psychology “experts’ that work at Carsey.  Expert experts in manipulating humans with psychology and social justice, who train people to help you agree with them or the goals of whoever has brought them in, all working under the cover of good intentions and their public University associations.

But they are literally ‘from the government and here to “help” (r trained by them)…and they want to help you agree to the need for more and more government,” or this and that program, even if it has a history of failure, makes no sense, or is simply ill-suited to your local circumstanced.

But they want to homogenize policy and link your towns up with wider ranging government programs that inevitably tie you to Federal programs as well.  But once you accept Federal money you accept their rules, and their oversight, regardless of what the “facilitators” have to say.  They are not there to be honest, they are their to politely manipulate you into agreeing with them and their programs and they are wheedling themselves into local boards and committees as consultants and advisers.

And they are or will be showing up at your town meetings.

You would do well to learn more about their methods, and how to spot it and counteract it.  You would do well not to trust their intentions.

If New Hampshire listens carefully they will discover that NH Listens is not about New Hampshire at all.

 

You are reading  “NH Listens? No They Don’t. They Tell!”   by  Steve Mac Donald originally posted at GraniteGrok.com (Home)

 

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  • mer

    Hmm. Outside money affecting in state races? Gee, I thought that wasn’t “right”.

  • Scott Morales

    G#d d@mmit. Infested. We’re infested with liberal statists. Every time I turn around there’s another meddling busy body bureaucrat: GSF, ICLEI, Agenda21, NHRPC, and on and on and on…

    • Scott Morales

      omg, so I started checking out NHListen and went to there site, and what’s on teh front page? A GSF promotion. lol freaking inbreds

      • C. dog e. doG

        Easy, there, freedom rider. Now that we know we’re infested, what’s the best way to rid ourselves of this vermin?
        – C. dog

  • Hal Graham

    When clicked on the following can anyone tell me who was the author ?

    they are not there to help you figure out what is best for your town, or your kids —

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