“As New Hampshirite Steve MacDonald notes, “this sounds like tyranny.”
Given that Rush Limbaugh brought up NH Democrat House Rep Cynthia Chase’s name (AND STEVE MAC DONALDS!!) this past Friday, it was expected that the local NH media would be FORCED to also give a few column inches as well. And DiStaso of the UL does so (reformatted and emphasis mine) – reluctantly. But guess who he left out?
FRIDAY, JAN. 4: GOING VIRAL. A Democratic state lawmaker’s recent web post critical of the libertarian-leaning Free State Project has gone virtually viral in the past few days and, as one might expect, has drawn criticism. Reacting to reports that the Free State Project is aggressively trying to bring 20,000 supporters to live in the state over the next two years, Rep. Cynthia Chase, D-Keene, wrote on BlueHampshire.com: “In the opinion of this Democrat, Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today.”
She went on to write that while there is “legally, nothing we can do to prevent them from moving here to take over the state, which is their openly stated goal,” she proposed making “the environment here so unwelcoming that some will choose not to come, and some may actually leave.”
Chase continued, “One way is to pass measures that will restrict the ‘freedoms’ that they think they will find here. Another is to shine the bright light of publicity on who they are and why they are coming.”
…The post this week was picked up by the Breitbart.com website, the creation of the late conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart, with columnist Warner Todd Huston opining:
Warner – a long time Samsphere blogger buddy of mine – got the story from GraniteGrok which he reads often as we are the leading Conservative / Libertarian leaning blogsite in NH. He and I think a lot of like, and he likes what we do, commenting on local politics. Anyway, see these next lines from DiStaso’s post quoting Warner’s?
“Imagine if a legislator had written a blog post targeting the freedoms of gays, or women, or some other minority? One would think that the media would go wild with such a story.
“But here we have an elected official suggesting that government be used in the United States of America to eliminate freedoms for certain citizens in order to gain political control, and the media is silent.”
DiStaso just couldn’t bring himself to include Warner’s line PREVIOUS to those, could he? Which was this:
As New Hampshirite Steve MacDonald notes, “this sounds like tyranny.“
Now the question is, having dissed Steve for not crediting the actual post that set things in motion, will DiStaso (or Landrigan, who is not enamored of GraniteGrok either) talk about that while Chase berates the Free State Project members from coming here, that she is a transplant herself (“Cynthia Chase Moved Here From Rhode Island – Recently“)? Can he even do that little amount of journalism? Will he (or the UL) talk about her hypocrisy?
Or DiStaso’s for not properly crediting the actual source that has “gone viral” – Steve?
At least DiStaso included this:
Locally, state Rep. Mark Warden, R-Manchester, a Free State leader, said, the Chase post was “inappropriate, of course, and a bit chauvinistic for anyone to say they don’t want people moving to New Hampshire. If you replaced her reference to us with ‘Irish’ or ‘Indian’ or ‘women’ or ‘gay people,’ she would be in every newspaper in the country as one of the biggest bigots around.
“But it’s OK for them to bad-mouth people moving here because they believe in more liberty or smaller government,” said Warden, who, as a real estate agent, is helping Free Staters relocate to the state.
Sidenote: The Progressives ARE bigots and haters of those that diss their religion – that of Big Government. Compared to Conservatives, Progressives are much more secular and unchurched according to most surveys. Humans are almost hard-wired to believe in something, and given their utter defense of Big Government programs and spending (which rivals that of Islamists in punishing “infidels” who diss their beliefs), it is easy to see what theirs is.
I thought that the following was REALLY amusing:
Democratic National Committeewoman Kathy Sullivan said that while she could not speak for Chase, the lawmaker is entitled to her opinion, “just as the Free Staters are entitled to their opinions.”
Sullivan said Free Staters have a variety of opinions on various topics, but must “contend with” opinions sometimes expressed by leaders in favor of secession, even though not all Free Staters support secession.
Sullivan said that if Free Staters run for office they should “disclose that they are part of that organized effort,” but she said she disagrees with the idea of trying to keep anyone from moving into the state.
How about this – will you require, Ms. Sullivan, that anyone who belongs to the Democrat Socialists of America declare that affiliation as well? International Workers Party (or similarly named groups)? The Progressive Caucus?
After all, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and we ALL know that there are plenty of folks with those associations that lurk within the Democrat Party of NH. After all, we know them by their actions, if not by their words.
Oh, by the way, Kathy?
She said she was not surprised Limbaugh picked up on the matter, but added, “Maybe everyone on either side needs to calm down and talk to each other.”
Let’s have that debate, shall we? You want to talk – let’s do it. Offer is now official – we can talk here on GraniteGrok. Or, if you feel better about being on a home turf, set up your posts on Blue Hampshire – and we will respond.
You want to talk – I look forward to it. I really do hope that was not just a throwaway line.