Even as someone who despises the federal government enough that I think we can do better on our own, I’ve learned to appreciate the First in the Nation Primary in NH… It’s been described as the “Superbowl of politics,” but this time round, it’s just not what it used to be…
With Grandpa too senile and The Party too demented to bother to put Biden on the ballot, the circus element from the left is somewhat lacking.
If FITN is our Bread & Circuses, this Primary reflects more bread lines, less ringmasters.
That said, there are always opportunities to be seized.
FSP founder Jason Sorens, our new executive director and Maine Senator Eric Brakey, and I did a walk-and-talk segment with Lawrence Jones from Fox & Friends in downtown Manchester yesterday.
By happenstance, Andrew Sylvia of Manchester Ink Link was on a corner and snapped a pic of the crew following me to Hanover Street.
The 3-minute segment airs today and is a profound gift to spread the message of the Free State Project to a massive new audience.
After the shoot, we stopped for lunch at the DoubleTree, where in years past, Radio Row was buzzing, and TV news trucks would be lined up in front of the hotel.
On Sunday, Eric and I did sit down with Granite Grok to discuss our views on the upcoming Primary and the future of liberty in New Hampshire (see OP pic of Eric, who got pulled into a second interview with students from Franklin Pierce School of Law), but compared to the past, on Monday, Radio Row was bleak and there were no news trucks.
But, Andrew Yang showed up (he’s behind Jason in the photo), then Lily Tang Williams popped in to say hello, and I had a good conversation with Federation of Republican Women stalwart, Augusta Petrone, whose fantastic “pinkie up” High Teas at her beautiful mansion are always worth attending.
While I was talking to Augusta, I had my parking ticket in my hand but somehow lost it on the way to the car.
I was unnecessarily angry at myself about this, mad because my “pre-planning” (having the tix out) had backfired and now I’d have to pay a gazillion bucks for a quick lunch stop.
Me to parking attendant: “I lost my fucking ticket. But if it helps, I parked at 12:08.” He never said a word or acknowledged my statement but I only paid $8 not $22. Grateful!
Then I stopped in at the Quill and met with comedian and podcaster Andrew Heaton. Eric and Joshua Holmes sat down for an interview and I headed home to help clients who are in the market for a house.
Here’s Heaton and co at a podcast recording over the weekend.
Right now in New Hampshire —@JustinRYoung, @MightyHeaton, and @JenBriney up for the NH Primary, recording a live podcast episode of “We’re Not Wrong” at @ToShareBrewing in Manchester, NH. pic.twitter.com/43zvuFwmkP— The Free State 🦔 (@FreeStateNH) January 21, 2024
As I drove home, I thought how thankful I am that our movement has arrived.
That Free Staters are now an embedded part of NH’s political landscape. That what we have accomplished, and will accomplish, is undeniable.
That the community we’re building is growing.That our human action is making the Live Free or Die state more better.
Our time has come.
Let’s not squander it on a strategy of being assholes. Let’s leverage it to become the people other people want to be like!
Let’s emulate our principles in a way that ATTRACTS not repels. Marcus Aurelius said: “Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if you will ever dig.”
Let’s live free… and thrive!