Skip to comments.Confused Democrats renew attack on Free State Project
Posted on 01/21/2004 10:30:45 PM PST by Dada Orwell
FoxNews.com did an audio feature this week on the Free State Project in which members were honored yet again with the ultimate compliment:
An attack... By a Democrat party hack!
The Free State Project, for those uninitiated, is the movement aimed at persuading 20,000 liberty-oriented individuals to move to New Hampshire and reinforce the increasingly bold freedom movement there. Free Staters, almost to a man, oppose "Nanny Government..." including gun control, coercive funding of public schools and drug prohibition.
Here's NH Democrat Party chair Kathy Sullivan's take on the Free State Project:
"Well I think it's a bad idea because the leadership of the Free State Project is talking about establishing an autocracy in New Hampshire. I'm a firm believer in democracy, I do not think it's a good idea for a group to come in and try to take over, in essence, control of the government. I think that democracy is a great thing. Unfortunately, the leadership of the Free State Project is promoting this as an actual takeover of the government and promoting the establishment of an autocracy."
Free Staters, while always happy to be attacked by Demothoritarians, were nevertheless confused by Ms. Sullivan's remarks.
Most of them favor extremely limited government and increased state & local *autonomy* to such an extent that Sullivan herself has in the past called them "anarchists."
One theory is that Sullivan meant to say "autonomy" instead of "autocracy" or that she thinks the word "autocracy" means "autonomous state." This is understandable if she was raised in a government school.
Just for the record:
1. Government by a single person having unlimited power; despotism. 2. A country or state that is governed by a single person with unlimited power.
- American Heritage College Dictionary:
|The whole idea seems ludicrous somehow, for people to move somewhere for the sole purpose of imposing their toleration of evils which they claim to not have any personal interest in.
"You know, I'm personally not involved in the manufacture or use of crystal meth, and am opposed to it, but I will sell everything I own and move 2,000 miles away for the sole purpose of moving next door to someone who does so that I can impose my toleration upon him. I'll sit on my porch overlooking his land with its meth still, and at all the traffic coming and going, and at all the environmental damage, and all the health and lives being ruined, and I'll wave and smile at them. It feels good, knowing that they wave and smile at me, too, as I go to church on Sundays and to the bingo game on Wednesdays."
Not at all. Instead, I disapprove of vilifying the immigrants who are here, and recognize the reality of their existence, and wish to integrate them, and separate out those who are here to be productive from those who are here for no good. I'm sure you do, too.
They're confused alright. Some of the people attacking the FSP think they aren't democrats.
"D(d)emocracy and liberty are often thought to be the same thing, but they are not. D(d)emocracy means that people ought to be able to vote for public officials in fair elections, and make most political decisions by majority rule. Liberty, on the other hand, means that even in a democracy, individuals have rights that no majority should be able to take away."
- The Bill of Rights, A Brief History
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