Inside or Outside - Which is Better for Influencing Politics in NH? - Granite Grok

Inside or Outside – Which is Better for Influencing Politics in NH?

Skip and Bill O'Brien at Porcfest

It is no secret that GraniteGrok is probably the most Liberty and Freedom minded “media outlet” in NH. It is who we are and what we do.  It is also true that we are the media site that is the most friendly to the Free State Project.

We are all about Liberty.

Now, we’re not Big “L” Libertarians like many of them are – I prefer “Conservatarian” or “Conservatives with small “L” libertarian leanings. While we may differ on some social issues, we are aligned on the idea that Big Government DOES make a citizen smaller.  Our Founders were all about the idea of govt protecting our pre-existing Rights and not becoming our Rulers. But I’m digressing.

So a couple of weeks ago, we went up to Porkfest at Roger’s Campground in Lancaster – we being Bill O’Brien and myself.  We had been talking on the phone and all of a sudden he asked if I’d be on a panel.  Not having had much chance to speak in front of people the last few years (raising the Grandson takes up a lot of time), I accepted.

The session title is “Being Politically Active – When to be Inside and When to be Out”

This is Part 1. The issue? For achieving change in politics (at least here in NH) – is it better being on the “inside” as Bill was as a State Representative and then Speaker of the NH House, or being on the outside as GraniteGrok has been for almost a decade and a half?

  • Where can you get the most things done?
  • Which is the best way to reach out to ordinary folks and inform/change minds?
  • What are the pros and cons of both?

I found this rather enjoyable!  Part 2 to follow.