by Greg Campbell
In a stroke of irony, a Democratic state representative from New Hampshire- a state famous for the motto “Live Free or Die,” has openly advocated for a concerted effort by her fellow Democrats to “pass measures that will restrict the ‘freedoms’ that [conservatives] think they will find here.”
In December, 3rd District State Representative Democrat Cynthia Chase claimed on the leftist blog “Blue Hampshire” that legislators must work to create a hostile, unwelcoming environment for conservatives in New Hampshire.
In recent years, a group called The Free State Project, inspired by New Hampshire’s proud history of advocating living freely, has crusaded for New Hampshire to become a haven for conservative-minded people. And while living freely sounds good to the people moving there called “Free Staters,” it evidently sounds like having freedom advocates in her state irritates the Democratic politician.
Chase wrote, (emphasis added)
“In the opinion of this Democrat, Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today. There is, legally, nothing we can do to prevent them from moving here to take over the state, which is their openly stated goal. In this country you can move anywhere you choose and they have that same right. What we can do is to make the environment here so unwelcoming that some will choose not to come, and some may actually leave. One way is to pass measures that will restrict the ‘freedoms’ that they think they will find here. Another is to shine the bright light of publicity on who they are and why they are coming. They can not put their ideology into our statutes unless we elect them in great enough numbers to take over our General Court.”
As America polarizes more and more, we hear about the need for compromise. Can there be compromise when the stated goal is a silencing of the opposition?
Ideally, politicians in America work to preserve freedom. And while some laws arguably diminish our freedoms, it is rare that a politician works to restrict freedom for people- even if they have a conflicting viewpoint.
“Imagine if a legislator had written a blog post targeting the freedoms of gays, or women, or some other minority? One would think that the media would go wild with such a story. But here we have an elected official suggesting that government be used in the United States of America to eliminate freedoms for certain citizens in order to gain political control and the media is silent.”
As of yet, there have been no reports of the call for freedom-quashing measures on major news channels or other outlets of the mainstream media.