From the Concord Monitor:
A group of New Hampshire activists wants Rep. Cynthia Chase censured and impeached by her fellow state representatives.
A petition to the House was assembled and signed by 120 people, led by Darryl Perry, a Keene resident and Free State Project participant. It calls for Chase’s censure and impeachment over the comment, which the petition describes as showing “her intent to enact laws to interfere with protected rights” and “harm a specific group of people.”
Rep. Chase’s comments are available at the link.
From the Free State Project website:
We are looking for neighborly, productive, tolerant folks from all walks of life, of all ages, creeds, and colors who agree to the political philosophy expressed in our Statement of Intent, that government exists at most to protect people’s rights, and should neither provide for people nor punish them for activities that interfere with no one else
This is a description of the folks they claim they want to move to NH: Neighborly. Tolerant. Protecting rights. Sounds mighty high minded, doesn’t it?
In reality,the Free Staters are people who bleat about rights 24/7 on internet forums, but it seems they believe THEIR rights are more important than anyone else’s. They’ve been railing on about Rep. Chase for weeks. Not only her words have been attacked, but on those forums they’ve had plenty to say about her physical appearance. Because of course, that’s high minded, tolerant, and neighborly.
Rep. Chase, I hasten to add, has filed NO legislation. She merely expressed an opinion. Apparently the FSP can’t handle freedom of speech, when it is used to speak against them.
Just a reminder: The Original Free State Manifesto, in which FSP founder Jason Sorens explains the intent of the Free State Project in moving to NH:
Once we’ve taken over the state government, we can slash state and local budgets, which make up a sizeable proportion of the tax and regulatory burden we face every day. Furthermore, we can eliminate substantial federal interference by refusing to take highway funds and the strings attached to them. Once we’ve accomplished these things, we can bargain with the national government over reducing the role of the national government in our state. We can use the threat of secession as leverage to do this.
This statement of intent has not been nullified. Jason Sorens has never come forth and repudiated his manifesto. Their intent is clear – they’re coming to NH to take over the state and eliminate our state government. And furthermore, it seems, if you dare speak out against them, they’re going to attack and punish you.
Censorship is an ugly, ugly word. One that has no place in a tolerant society.
That a group preaching freedom and liberty for themselves is willing to use censorship as a weapon against their critics shows them for what they are. Hypocrites.
And for the benefit of those of the FSP cult members who are trying to play semantics games – CENSORSHIP is what you’re attempting to do by calling for the CENSURE of Rep. Chase.
Censorship is the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body.
cross-posted at susanthebruce