New Hampshire popping up on a “best of” list is not new. Best for low overall taxes, high quality of life, low poverty, outstanding health outcomes, and more recently, an excellent growing increasingly business-friendly state economy. This number one ranking for Most patriotic seems like another feather in the cap.
And to many observers, it might make sense.
We’ve have got the Libertarians, and Three Percenters, an active 2A community, and plenty of those Constitutional Republic supporting residents. Gadsden Flags are common. Civic engagement is exceptionally high. And voter turnout in national elections is better than average. Even without all those “voters” who don’t live here. And the report does tap into some of that.
Civic engagement and voter participation weight heavily. Military enlistment, active duty, and veteran populations add dimension. But so do AmeriCorps and Peace Corps volunteerism.
No offense but those last two are not patriotic endeavors.
The recipients of AmeriCorps grants tend to be organizations whose politics fall on the left side of the spectrum, and whose efforts are focused on such projects as environmental activism, social-welfare programs, legal-aid assistance, political activism, teacher-education programs, community-organizer training, public health initiatives, childcare services, and ethnic-identity politics.
AmeriCorps funds groups like La Raza. A militant, anti-American, group.
The Peace Corps is more of the same. Not exactly a Constitution-first, individual rights protecting, July 4th rah-rah sort.
So, what about New Hampshire?
(mouse over a state to see it’s ranking)
It’s a curious win I can’t explain.
The only area where we placed in the top 5 was voter participation (4th). (Fun fact, VT produces more Peace Corps Volunteers than any state in the nation and came in 3rd overall for Patriotism).
The full report doesn’t say much else about the details. We’re left taking it entirely at face value, surprised or not.
One thing that might not surprise; New Jersey, New York, and California were the bottom three. Texas, however, was the fifth worst, probably because Wallet hub’s civic engagement score was so low. (Tell that to the illegal alien voters.)