Liberty

New Hampshire Democrats Oppose ‘Common Sense’ Gun Legislation.

by Steve MacDonald April 13, 2018

The New Hampshire House voted 184-146 to advance Senate Bill 500, housekeeping legislation meant to clean up the language in firearms statutes in the GraniteState. Unlike the State Senate where approval was unanimous SB500 did not garner overwhelming bipartisan support in the NH House. In fact, it received very little support from House Democrats with […]

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The Brits Gave Up Their Guns And Now Their Gov’t Jails Them For Facebook Posts

by Steve MacDonald March 31, 2018

  Just a reminder for those looking for alternatives to Facebook and Twitter. GraniteGrok is on Gab and MeWe. You can follow me on both (Gab and MeWe) There are some technical issues with getting content from this site to those platforms regularly, but we are working on that.

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FB Doodlings: “Katharine Gregg: Why can’t we give up our guns?” – Part 1

by Skip March 28, 2018

I am so behind on these kinds of “I comment here” and “commented there” type posts, so it’s now time to get a’marching. The question above was asked over at the Concord Monitor. I’ll give her props for outing herself that she’s terrified of these totally inanimate object, and turn on her for demanding the […]

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This Asshat of a moderate Republican sounds like a Democrat – no understanding of Individual Liberty

by Skip January 3, 2018

Back from Dec 19th (updated based on the passage of the Federal Tax Reform bill): We no sooner get the Obamacare Individual Mandate jackboot off of our healthcare necks via the Tax Reform Act than this Republican Senate Jackal, US Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), would be HAPPY to see the States turn around and put […]

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Notable Quote – Randy Barnett

by Skip December 30, 2017

As Madison predicted, the greatest danger to the liberties of the people lies where the greatest power resides, which in a republic is in the majority of the people.  By harnessing the powers of the majority, the progressives were able to overcome the barriers of the Republican Constitution. Having breached those barriers, however, progressives then […]

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Progressives and The Proper Role of Government – and your subservience to it.

by Skip December 18, 2017

Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal sums up these micro-totalitarians, perfect examples of the Progressive  philosophy: “The essence of modern Democratic Progressivism is: You will participate in what we have created for you, and you will comply with the law’s demands.” One used to believe that before pen was set to legislative paper, our […]

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Notable Quote – James Coolidge Carter

by Skip December 11, 2017

This power [of the state] operating externally protects society against its enemies; its function in its internal operation is to ensure the enforcement of law, that is of custom, and, so long as it confines itself to its true province, to make still more clear those boundary lines of individual action the observance of which […]

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I command you to call me “Your Lordiness Emperor Pooh-Pah; I shall obeyed”?

by Skip August 28, 2017

First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. California Constitution: SEC. 2. (a) Every person may freely […]

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This is as apt description of the Democrat Party as any other:

by Skip May 6, 2017

“The Democratic Party has now become a far left party antithetical to American liberty. That is, the Democrats no longer support the limits on government that protect the right of each person to choose his own way, express his own thoughts and use his own property and money as he sees fit. To the end […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Walter E. Williams

by Skip April 11, 2017

Excerpts from his address upon receiving the 2017 Bradley Prize: Now for most of human history, mankind has been subject to arbitrary abuse and control by others, It’s personal liberty that’s the rare state of affairs, and enjoyed by only a tiny part of mankind mostly in the western world, and for only a tiny […]

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Pine Tree Ramblings (Vol 1)

by Tom March 15, 2017

For a few years, I was a regular, rabid contributor to this blog.  Over the past year or so, for a number of lame reasons, I haven’t been able to make the time to write more than once every few months.  My issue is that I try to make every posting a masterpiece of sociopolitical […]

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The Left BURNS over Trump being Prez. So, bring out Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals

by Skip November 27, 2016

This is a quick interesting point as to WHY Jill Stein (a SHINING example of a Red Commie wrapped in the Green fig leaf) is demanding recounts in WI, MI, or PA – I would not have thought of this angle and its long term consequences (reformatted, emphasis mine). First Alinsky: RULE 4: “Make the […]

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Use Liberty Ballot

by Steve MacDonald September 12, 2016
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Liberty Ballot is about as good a guide as you are going to get for every town and Ward in New Hampshire if you are uncertain who in your Tuesday Primary races are more likely to fight for your property rights and individual liberty. Update: If you think Liberty Ballot is off the Reservation add it […]

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Notable Quote – Deirdre N. McCloskey

by Skip August 22, 2016

The enrichment [of the modern world] came mainly from bourgeois liberty and creativity unbridled, not from piling up constraints on voluntary deals or from redistributing what income we get from the deals. Wages and working conditions, after such shocking enrichment, are in fact determined largely by supply and demand, not by regulations passed by Congress […]

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Guest Post – About Kelly Ayotte and her Constitutional disdain

by Skip June 22, 2016

Senator Ayotte: Thank you for exhibiting your basic misunderstanding of both the NH and US Constitutions with your support of Senator Collins latest bill. Super secret government lists that a person does not know they are on, has no way of getting off the list used to deny that person of multiple natural rights? You […]

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Notable Quote – Alexis de Tocqueville

by Skip May 6, 2016

“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” -Alexis de Tocqueville  

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Why I’m More Right And They Are More Wrong

by Steve MacDonald April 26, 2016
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I spoke about this big picture issue briefly on GrokTALK! Saturday. One of my kids pointed out that they have a teacher who speaks to the ideas of progressivism with the same certainty with which I speak about conservative principles and liberty. I told him that it is great to hear people who feel so […]

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The Liberty to Decline Doing Business with People You Disagree With…

by Steve MacDonald April 18, 2016
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The Liberty to Decline Doing Business with People You Disagree With. Comes with liberal privilege, I guess… Instapundit

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Liberty vs. Security

by Steve MacDonald February 18, 2016
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Support for Latest Marijuana Legalization Bill Not Worth The “Price”

by Steve MacDonald February 14, 2016
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This week on GrokTALK! we spent a few minutes questioning House Bill 1694, an act to legalize and regulate Marijuana in New Hampshire. My concern had nothing to do with whether any particular quantity of marijuana should be legal, but I did have a moral objection to the bill. It felt like a deal with the […]

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Where some in the ‘Liberty’ Movement Fail

by Kimberly Morin January 2, 2016

There’s been a huge uproar recently over a bill that was submitted in the NH House that bans women from showing their nipples in public. The bill is indeed ridiculous and needs to die a quick death in committee or beforehand. For the record, the bill excludes breastfeeding, which many seemed to have missed. The […]

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Free the Nipple but not Free to Carry. The Udder Hypocrisy of an FTN Activist

by Kimberly Morin December 31, 2015

There’s a case ongoing in the courts in New Hampshire about women who want to be able to go topless.  They believe it’s their Constitutional right to do so. They are known as the ‘Free The Nipple’ (FTN) crowd.

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Disarmament

by Skip December 20, 2015

“Fear a Government that fears your guns“ It is clear that after the Democrat Presidential Primary Debate last night, the Democrats trying to be Numero Uno fear an armed populace.  Pretty much, I can’t think of a Socialist Government that ever has. When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, […]

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“The people cannot be all, and always, well informed.”

by Steve MacDonald November 12, 2015
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“The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. -Thomas Jefferson

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Liberty flows upward (but Tyranny is always top-down)

by Skip November 5, 2015

If only our 21st century leaders understood this bit of Colonial wisdom we might not have screwed up the Middle East: “Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.” – Benjamin Franklin (H/T: Jim Bender, former […]

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‘Liberty never sleeps’: Republican Liberty Caucus holds biennial meeting in NH

by Kimberly Morin October 11, 2015

This weekend the national Republican Liberty Caucus held their biennial conference in Nashua. Hundreds descended upon the Crowne Plaza Hotel to partake in panel discussions, a straw poll vote and to hear speakers from Rand Paul and Ted Cruz to Trevor Loudon and Grover Norquist.

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Notable Quote – Samuel Adams

by Skip September 29, 2015

Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can. -Samuel Adams, Founding Father What would he think of our current Government, and those running for it, that willy-nilly and willingly […]

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Why We’re Losing Liberty

by Steve MacDonald September 8, 2015
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This could draw a troll or two out from under their bridge. Prager U

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A question on NH First District race…

by Skip September 6, 2015

Why isn’t Congressman Frank Guinta (R-NH) a member of the Freedom Caucus in the US House?  After all, he made it clear during his first run that he was with the TEA Party.  How come I NEVER see his name associated with his fellow legislators that make it clear that Freedom is their first concern, […]

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Looking For Liberty In All The Right Places

by Steve MacDonald August 16, 2015
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New Hampshire Liberty Alliance Chair Paul Best joins us to talk about the latest Liberty Rating, a report that ranks members of the legislature, how it is compiled, and some of the limitations. Get the entire program here! Please follow us on YouTube, USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter listen on iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spreaker, TuneIn, Stitcher, and The Rock 

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