This week, we discuss the two firetruck’s that crashed that is going to cost the City millions, the difference in how us regular folks are treated by the government as compared to how they treat themselves (e.g. do as I say, not as I do), and more!
My initial, off-the-cuff response to Zandra Rice-Hawkins’ misinformation campaign against the Free State Project, at a public meeting held February 27, 2020 at the Whipple Free Library in New Boston, NH. Rice-Hawkins refused to be recorded, but I didn’t mind. I’m working on a more comprehensive written rebuttal coming soon!
There were, of course, a million things I wished I’d said, but all in all, glad I stayed focused on how progressives and libertarians might work together.
A few things I should have mentioned:
1. There are 49 other states where people can go if they want more socialism. Free Staters wish to preserve and enhance the liberties found in the Live Free or Die state (i.e. *we’re* not the ones trying to change the flavor of the state). Why not allow people seeking more freedom one place to spread our low-tax-low-spending-personal-responsibility wings? America is supposed to be a federation and the states are supposed to allow experimentation. #MakeAmericaStatesAgain 😛
2. The Free State Project is a 501c3 educational nonprofit, and we do not, READ MY LIPS, **do not** do policy work or politics. We attract new movers to NH by showing them how awesome it is here! People who move here DO get involved with all kinds of projects and *other* organizations. E.g. I serve on Right to Know NH, a statewide nonpartisan open government advocacy group.
3. New Hampshire Independence is also a federally recognized 501c3 educational nonprofit that educates Granite Staters about the benefits of peacefully gaining independence from Big Bad Fed Gov. This is also not as “fringe” as Zandra would lead you to believe. In two NH polls conducted when Brexit was announced, with more than 2K Granite Staters polled, 42% (FORTY TWO PERCENT) supported a “free and independent NH.” That said, YUUUUGE SURPRISE, not all Free Staters agree on this approach at all.
4. Reminder! Repeat after me: Free Staters are not a monolithic group who agree on all things. We value individualism and choice. Zandra Rice-Hawkins continues to mischaracterizes almost everything the FSP does. I was particularly struck by the fact that at the end of the evening, after several Free Staters shared their personal stories about their reasons for moving here–e.g. a Chinese immigrant who fled Communist China; a mom with an autistic son who lives in and absolutely loves New Boston (“If it stayed like it was today, it would be still be perfect!”); a high-tech entrepreneur, etc. Zandra must have realized this humanized us after her demonizing presentation, so she straight-up told me she would not give us the opportunity to share our stories at future events. This, to me, says a lot about her motivations…
We discuss yesterday’s Iowa Caucus and how this disaster should act as a reminder not to let important decisions in the hands of government officials.
Special guest Lyn Ulbricht joins us on Manch Talk this week to discuss her son, a non-violent first-time offender, Ross Ulbricht’s draconian double life sentence (plus 40 years) for building a website. You can sign the petition for commutation (time served) and learn more at www.FreeRoss.org. Please join the fight for Ross’s freedom!
Want to get involved? Come to the Free Ross Rally on February 10th at 4pm at SNHU Arena in downtown Manchester. Find more details and RSVP HERE. Thank YOU for helping!
This week we discuss fresh approaches to education funding like allowing the money to follow the child, thereby empowering parents to pick the best education solution for their kids while also driving down costs for taxpayers. Win-win! After all, why should taxpayers be forced to continue to fund things that fail to deliver anything close to what is promised?
Happy New Year! Manch Talk is back with a bang! Red flag laws that lack due process (and why that matters), bad votes by Dems on the first day back in session, and more.
This week on Manch Talk, it’s ‘Festivus for the Rest of Us’! Or maybe, the ‘Best of Us’?!? In today’s episode, we do a little “Airing of Grievances.” Watch to see with whom we “have a lot of problems with you people!” Can you guess who made the list?
What am I doing? Watch the video to find out! Also in this episode: Government? There’s an app for that!
This week, we fill you in on egregious violations of your Right-to-Know by discussing three current cases in front of the NH Supreme Court (read more here), how use of force compares between law enforcement on the streets of America and soldiers in combat zones (the rules of engagement in war zones are stricter! Wut!?!), the City’s police surveillance cameras are coming, and more!