Re: [FSP] Montana loses one. Good.
- skypod@... wrote:
> Montana loses one. GoodMy reply, sent to the newspaper:
> By The Helena IR
> Opinions, Thursday, October 02, 2003
> One of life's earliest lessons is that you win some, and you lose some.
> Fortunately for Montana, it lost one this week. New Hampshire's win is
> Montana's gain.
> New Hampshire, whose motto is "Live Free or Die, was revealed as the first
> choice of a group of libertarians nationwide that has been conducting a
> well-publicized hunt for a state with a low population to which it can move
> and start getting rid of a bunch of pesky laws.
> The Free State Project's 5,000 members already have pledged to move to the
> state of choice, and they hope to attract a total of 20,000 libertarians
> within two years. They think that's enough of a critical mass of voters to
> transform it into a model of small government, few laws, and unfettered
> individual liberty.
> The project made news here when Montana was mentioned as a likely target.
> After all, a state made famous by the Freemen had to be fertile ground for
> the freedom the members seek, like ending government restrictions on such
> things as gambling and other "vices," and making sure that civil authorities
> are basically limited to keeping the peace.
> As it turns out, Montana came in 3rd in the voting, right behind Wyoming. We
> beat out Idaho, Alaska, Maine, Vermont, Delaware, South Dakota and North
> But as much as we're pleased to lose, there is one lingering concern. New
> Hampshire, after all, is the state that holds the influential first
> presidential primary every four years. Uh, oh.
I find it informative and alarming that so many newspaper
Editorial-writers are worried by the prospect of a return to the limited
Government clearly required by the highest law in the nation, the United
States Constitution, when every elected official, law-enforcement
officer and member of the military must take a solemn oath to uphold and
defend these very principles and the document that lists them.
I would have expected that those with enough education, erudition and
literacy to write Editorials would be far more worried by the present
tendency for the highest office-holders in the federal government to
abrogate and resist the Constitutional guarantees they swore to uphold.
Rocky Frisco, Tulsa Oklahoma
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