Last month, I was interviewed by the BBC for their series on Autarky. In Episode One, around minute 21:50, I mention being an early Free State mover (2008) and how New Hampshire could be poised to become its own successful, peaceful and prosperous country, like a Switzerland or Iceland.
A discussion about the advantages of each state choosing to stay or leave the Union with:
Daniel Miller, father of the modern TEXIT movement
Steve Axelman, Vice President of CALEXIT
Alu Axelman, President of the Foundation for NH Independence
Carla Gericke, moderator
Honorable Committee Members,
Thank you for your time today. My name is Carla Gericke, but my friends call me Queen Quill. I am an immigrant to America and became a US citizen in 2000, having to take a citizen’s test, where, you know, New Americans learn about the Constitution and the enumerated things the federal government is supposed to be limited to doing, which isn’t supposed to be much.
I am an author, activist, and attorney. I am a political refugee to New Hampshire, moving here in 2008 as part of the Free State Project. I was the Republican nominee for NH Senate in District 20, and received 45% of the vote in the last election. I’ll be running again. [DONATE!]
I am a proud Free Stater, and, like many, but not all Free Staters, I support NH Independence.
I am testifying today in SUPPORT of CACR 32 because it should always be in the hands of the people how they are governed.
CACR 32 simply states: “Are you in favor of amending the first part of the constitution by inserting after article 7 a new article to read as follows:
The federal government has failed us. It no longer follows the Constitution. The federal government ushers in unconstitutional wars. The federal government hurts our fellow Granite Staters with its War on Drugs, which just makes bad personal choices, worse. The federal government, colluding with the Federal Reserve, makes us all poorer due to inflation caused by money printing. Face it, Granite Staters are being abused by DC.
What do we advise victims to do when they are being abused?
Which means, we have the right to ask for a DIVORCE. This is all today’s proposed amendment is: an opportunity–a DEMOCRATIC OPPORTUNITY–for Granite Staters to decide whether our relationship with the federal government is worth salvaging.
I say it is NOT, and everyone should know, we would ALL be better off if we went our separate ways.
What are we taught about abusers?
They will tell you, you can never leave.
They will tell you they will change.
They will tell you it’s your fault.
Abusers, and the federal government, are gaslighting liars who cannot be trusted. We all know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and it is YOUR duty to at least create an OPPORTUNITY for Granite Staters to DECIDE our own destinies.
As an independent nation state, NH will be prosperous and peaceful, along the lines of small, successful countries like Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, or Switzerland. We would have four times the size of Iceland’s population. We would easily be able to work with our neighbors to trade, much like the countries do in the Schengen Area in Europe. Many American retirees already receive their social security pensions in foreign countries like Mexico.
No future challenge related to independence is insurmountable: Where there is a will, there is a way.
Let’s see if there is a WILL.
There are many compelling reasons to support a #NATIONALDIVORCE and I encourage folks who are curious to visit the Foundation for NH Independence’s website. I serve on this federally recognized 501c3 educational nonprofit’s board and at nhindependence.org you will find for hundreds of reasons why YOU should support a free and independent New Hampshire, not least of which we would all be SIGNIFICANTLY wealthier, probably on average about $25,000, if we could keep our hard earned federal income taxes.
Today, your ONLY duty is to democracy, which every single one of you claims to support. YOU need to vote in favor of this OPPORTUNITY because it is NOT up to you. It is up to individual Granite Staters.
We are called the live free or die state. When we become independent, we will also be the Live Free and THRIVE state. Afford us the opportunity to TRY.
Thank you for your time, I’d be happy to answer questions.
This 79.6% “YES” to independence is from an online poll hosted by New Hampshire’s largest newspaper, the Union Leader on 9/15/21. Although entirely unscientific, it shows that Granite Staters appear to be fed up with the feds!
If the idea of independence is shocking or upsetting to you, remember, ideas need to be explored and then discarded or embraced. Nothing about NH independence is written in stone, and Granite Staters will have plenty of opportunities to weigh in on the process, starting with a bill that has been introduced this session to amend the NH Constitution to allow NH to peacefully leave.
The language submitted asks that a bill be filed to ask the legislature whether the following language should be placed on the ballot for the people to vote on:
“[Art.] 7-a. [Independent Nation.] New Hampshire peaceably declares
independence from the United States and immediately proceeds as a
sovereign nation. All other references to the United States in this
constitution, state statutes, and regulations are nullified.”
The way I think about the issue is as follows: The federal government is no longer constrained by the US Constitution. They steal our money and break their promises. Right now, the Biden administration is trying to force unconstitutional health mandates on us, thereby denying us our most basic inalienable rights to self-ownership, body autonomy, and following our own consciences.
The federal government routinely oversteps its Constitutional bounds, regardless of which party is in power, and nothing we the people try to do to reform it, helps. The debt is unsustainable. The promised benefits are entirely unfunded and run into trillions upon trillions of dollars. The country is broke. The value of the dollar has been reduced almost 100% since 1913. Inflation is running rampant, and is likely to get worse.
Face it, New Hampshire: we are in an abusive relationship with the federal government. What do we recommend people do when they are in an abusive relationship?
Think about it as a divorce. It can be amicable. If not, or if the feds say, as people sometimes do, that “the issue has been decided and you can’t leave,” ask yourself, do abusers get to tell the abused they are not allowed to get divorced? Of course not!
So, follow along on this journey with me! Nothing will happen without the consent of the majority, but instead of a knee-jerk “NO WAY,” consider…
YOU and your family would be richer
YOU and your family would be healthier
YOU and your family would have better schools
YOU and your family would have a greater say in your nation’s future… And much, much more!
Yes, you have questions! So do I. That’s why I’m starting this conversation!
Read another take at Liberty Block.