Free stater. Well done, GSP, well done. No really–slow clap–people would never have known I was a free stater unless, of course, they read my own bio right here on my Senate campaign website where it says I am the President Emeritus of this 501c3 educational nonprofit, or, I don’t know, maybe googled me, or say, visited Wikipedia.
Yes, I am a free stater, and I am damn proud of it.
I am proud to have chosen the best state in the country as my home. I am proud to be running for Senate in the "Live Free or Die" state. And I am going to be thrilled when I–a 44 year old woman–beat a nine term, 78 year old former football coach who is bought and paid for by monopoly gambling interests, who does not support marijuana legalization, and who is wildly out of touch with what taxpayers want. (Psst, it is to keep their hard earned money to spend as they see fit.)
In the almost decade I have lived in New Hampshire, I have worked tirelessly to promote liberty for us all, including winning a landmark First Circuit Court of Appeals case affirming the First Amendment right to film police encounters, and testifying in the legislature in favor of body cameras for local police, something you would think "progressives" would value considering Ferguson, Baltimore, et al, and, sadly, ad nauseam.
My many years of activism has helped our communities, for example, the Weare police department where I was arrested and charged with felony wiretapping, which carries a 7 year prison sentence, now uses body cams. And more NH police departments are considering the adoption of this technology. I have also fought against police militarization, against BEARCATS in our towns, against SWAT raids in our communities, and against government secrecy and surveillance. I guess "progressives" don’t like government transparency and accountability, or ending the war on drugs?
I oversaw historic successes during my five year tenure as president of the FSP. I have a track record most nonprofit executives would envy. Thousands of people moved to New Hampshire under my leadership, bringing families, new businesses, and investing more than $40 million in real estate.
Each year, the FSP hosts two internationally renowned educational conferences, bringing some of the greatest thinkers of our times to the Granite State. It took me three years to get NSA whistleblower and hero-of-the-people Edward Snowden to speak at Liberty Forum 2016. Don’t "progressives" support Snowden just like their Nixon whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg?
I share many views with "progressives." For example, I am antiwar (where did y’all go under Obama???), I support marijuana legalization, localism, food and farm freedom (I buy my raw milk and local meat from a farm stand in Hooksett every week). I also support the constitution. When did this become "extreme"?
Since the constitution is the law of the land, it would be more accurate to say "progressive" positions are extreme and immoral–that pesky "taking from Peter to pay for Paul" conundrum.
My life philosophy is to make sure every individual is free to pursue life, liberty and happiness as he or she sees fit. I believe government that governs least governs best. I believe in solving issues peacefully, through free markets and voluntary community engagement.
Keep in mind that even if every free stater who runs wins, lawmaking is still a slow and arduous process, which protects people from "extremism," like when a sitting NH Democrat called in 2013 to "pass measures [against free staters] that will restrict freedoms that they think they will find here.”
If you live in District 20 (Goffstown and Manchester Wards 3, 4, 10, 11) I ask for your vote next Tuesday, November 8th. Being a free stater is one of the best reasons to vote for me!
If you want to learn more about me and my positions, please watch this short campaign clip.
PS: Thanks for the free publicity, GSP. You missed some folks, and I found new people I didn’t know about. Keep up the great work!