Liberty

Negron 10K Money Bomb Update – Help Bring Ann Kuster Home

by Steve MacDonald September 22, 2018

Your Individual Right to Self Defense  DONATE $10.00 TO PROTECT THE FIRST TEN AMENDMENTS Writing for the majority in District of Columbia v. Heller, Justice Antonin Scalia observed that, “Nowhere else in the Constitution does a “right’ attributed to ‘the people’ refer to anything other than an individual right.” The Second Amendment right to keep […]

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New Hampshire is the 2nd Most Free State In America

by Steve MacDonald August 22, 2018

For only the sixth time since 2000 CATO has ranked New Hampshire as the second Most Free State in the US. We were number one all the other times. Unfortunately, this is the third year in a row at number two, and while CATO examines that there is still plenty of good news (not that […]

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

by Skip August 16, 2018

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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Facebook Doodlings – Justice? Which one?

by Skip August 9, 2018

Steve’s post on former NH State Senate Minority Leader  Jeff ‘The Bruiser’ Woodburn had an interesting comment left on it on Facebook: Joanne Hack Again, ALLEGED abuser … are we not supposed to be the voice of reason and say that he’s not convicted of anything so, since this is America, he shouldn’t have to resign. I don’t know […]

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Taxes vs Personal Spending: shouldn’t this be flipped?

by Skip August 7, 2018

Is it moral to be paying more to Government than spending on your family? Reformatted, emphasis mine: America spends more on taxes than on food, clothing, and housing combined. A LOT more. Housing: $2.3 trillion Clothing: $0.4 trillion Food: $1.7 trillion TOTAL: $4.4 trillion Federal Taxes: $3.4 trillion State and Local Taxes: $1.8 trillion TOTAL: $5.2 […]

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Notable Quote – Tom Palmer

by Skip July 29, 2018

“As you go through life, chances are almost 100 percent that you act like a libertarian. You might ask what it means to “act like a libertarian.” It’s not that complicated. You don’t hit other people when their behavior displeases you. You don’t take their stuff. You don’t lie to them to trick them into […]

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Either Hayek is fine by me – they’re both good!

by Skip July 28, 2018

F.A. or Selma! (H/T: Powerline)  

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Rick Notkin – candidate for NH State House, Belknap County District 2

by Skip July 13, 2018

Recently I was asked why I was running for NH State Representative. The easy answer would be that I was corralled into it. Really, there was an open seat as one of the reps was not running for re-election so I had an opportunity to “put my money where my mouth was”, so to speak. One of […]

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Notable Quote – Jacob Viner

by Skip July 4, 2018

Beyond, moreover, its material benefits, it is clear that for Adam Smith laissez faire had ethical or moral value in that it left to the individual unimpaired “liberty” to which he had a natural right. It is quite probable, therefore, that Adam Smith would have rejected an extensive program of state regulation of economic enterprise […]

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Janus vs. AFSCME – a personal take

by Skip June 27, 2018

UPDATE: As the Supreme court just decided for Janus and against the unions, this post is appropriate.  Best news? SCOTUS rules that public sector union MUST be opt-in for payments.   Essentially, this returns freedom to individuals over the unions; no more paycheck protection for unions. ************ “Live Free or Die” – that’s our state motto and […]

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Notable Quote – Samuel Adams

by Skip May 5, 2018

Jacqueline Blaszka Campbell falls into this failure: “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to […]

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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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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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