Have you heard about the latest from those crazy “free-staters”?
They made the news last week when their members (over 5,000) voted
to make New Hampshire their eventual destination when they reach a
membership of 20,000.
If you don’t know what I am talking about, check out those
“libbies'” (that’s a cross between libertarian and yuppie) Web site
It’s so kooky! According to their site, the Free State Project
(FSP) espouses beliefs in the “benefits of robust individual
liberty and the failings of the nanny state…the debilitating
effects of a government bent on reducing liberty rather than
increasing it,” and that with enough activists moving to a single
state, liberty can be attained. The FSP is not a political
organization, and only asks that its member’s core belief be that
“government’s maximal role should be to defend individuals from
force and fraud” -leaving individuals to be free to choose for
themselves their own life providing it does not harm others.
What are they talking about? Don’t they know that America is a
You are free to marry whomever you want! Just ask Marilyn
Musgrave. She is a huge supporter of individual liberties over
You are free to use your land for whatever you chose -unless you
want to use it growing marijuana. Somehow, the federal government
regulating commerce through telling Mary Mary quite contrary how
her garden must grow is an acceptable use of power.
Oh and if Mary Mary wants to smoke her home-grown herbs, then
that is also not a sanctioned freedom. The government has the right
to regulate these sorts of things for our own health. It is the
government’s right, because I am sure that I am way too
feeble-minded, were I left alone to make my own choice about the
matter. Thank God someone is here to do the thinking for me.
Just like the government did in 1919 with the passing of
Amendment 18. Not only was America freed from the vice of alcohol,
but the streets were so much safer because we were free of all
those drunks wandering about breaking the peace. Ask Al Capone.
There has even been a great example of this American freedom
right here in Fort Collins with the advent of the smoking ban. I am
so glad that individual business owners got to choose for
themselves about the atmosphere of their establishments -because I
know that as a patron, I could never simply choose not to go if I
felt that atmosphere was unhealthy.
There are over 2 million inmates in the prison system today and
I am sure that only a miniscule fraction of those serving and money
spent prosecuting are for so-called victimless crimes. So what is
the big fuss about? It’s not like “real” criminals serve shorter
sentences because of the over-crowded inmate population – is
And SPR (Stop Prisoner Rape) has found that many victims of this
in-house crime are non-violent offenders and, when released, “may
engage in violent, antisocial behavior and the aggressive assertion
of their masculinity, including the commission of rape on others”
(www.spr.org). But it should serve
those non-violent prisoners right for breaking the
government-imposed morality laws.
As long as I follow the government rules then what do I care? I
can live as free as I want within my safe little regulated box. For
my own good.
So let those “libbies” just try their move to New Hampshire to
instigate a state of liberty if they can. Those sillies are
probably just a bunch of fringe cult fanatics, anarchists and
Internet geeks, anyway. Never-mind that most are in their 20s and
30s, half of them having university degrees -18 percent possessing
doctorate’s -and many owning small businesses.
What could they know about freedom?