By ADAM GELLER, AP National Writer Adam Geller, Ap National Writer – 1 hr 12 mins ago
LANCASTER, N.H. – He fled the “People’s Republic of Massachusetts” to escape tyranny. Now he strides the campground in a plaid kilt and mirror shades, an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle across his torso, an immense Scottish sword sheathed between his shoulders.
Out here, though, the only signs of danger are the ones warning drivers to watch out for moose. Could it be he senses a threat we’re not seeing?
“Not expecting,” says the swordsman, who calls himself Doobie, grinning broadly. “Just ready.”
There’s no escaping the long arm of big government — even here at the far edge of a state whose license plate decrees that without freedom from oppressive authority you might as well choose death. But for Doobie and 500 others, this tent colony on this particular weekend is about as close to Libertarian Nirvana as they’re likely to get.
They’ve come for the Porcupine Freedom Festival, four days of beer, burgers and bonfires. But more importantly, they are here to carve out an enclave of less government and more liberty to do as they wish.
They are here to show a lost nation the way back to its political roots.
It hasn’t been an easy message to sell these past few years. Their group, the Free State Project, has struggled to attract followers. But now, with Americans thinking anew about the reach and role of government, Free Staters see at least the hint of an opening.
So this weekend, they drink to the future. Between swigs of a custom brew called Overregulated Ale, they ridicule the Federal Reserve, applaud the defeat of a bill that would have required the wearing of seat belts, bemoan higher taxes and restrictions on gun rights.
Sunday morning I had the great opportunity to sit down with Ron Paul. This interview was really special because I credit Dr. Paul with “awakening” the greatest number of people — getting them to think for themselves, to question the role and legitimacy of government and to take ownership of their life.
In Part I we discuss resources available to those new to the ideas of liberty, immigration, free markets, the welfare/warfare state and bailouts.
In Part II we discuss civil disobedience, jury nullification, secession, monetary policy, the power of ideas, self-government and a voluntary society, advice for activists and the potential for other freedom fighters to join Dr. Paul in the halls of Congress.
Much love goes to Jesse Benton, Norm Singleton, Allison Gibbs and Adam Dick for helping to make this happen.
This week’s “Freedom Watch” is a special episode, totally driven by your feedback!
Guests: Rep Ron Paul, Daniel Hannan, Lew Rockwell, Jason Sorens, R.J. Harris, Cody Willard & Shelly Roche.
Topics, as voted on by you: Right to record; Reporters getting arrested everywhere! Free State Project, Secession, Nationalization and much, much more.
Lets hope Sam Dodson gets brought up.
Tune in live at http://interactive.foxnews.com/livestream/live.html?chanId=3
I’ll post the YouTube version when available.
The article itself is fine but the comments are beyond ignorant. Rather than looking into the historical facts which Paul spoke of or attempting to argue political theory, philosophy, or the language of the US Consitution these Huffington Post’ers just blather on.
- The war against the CSA did not answer the question of secession. It answered the question of who was more powerful / had more people to send to their death.
- The Constitution makes no mention of secession. In the early years of the country there was no question that if a group could voluntarily enter into a governing agreement that they could not back out of it. The Declaration of Independence points this out clearly.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
- Ron Paul has not all of a sudden, due to a black (he’s not “black” but born of “white” and “black” parents, what is this the slavery “one drop” days?) president, start supporting the concept of secession. It’s an ignorant and likely bigotted statement to claim such a thing.
- Ron Paul does advocate removing at least the property rights infringement aspects of the Civil Rights Act. The federal government has no authority to make such a law and it’s a gross infringement to one’s right to property.
- FACT: The Pledge of Allegiance was created by Francis Bellamy in the late 1800′s to get people to more or less worship the state given he was a a state socialist and a flag salesman who would gain from such a pledge becoming popular.
- IMO it helps to make actual arguments based on logic and facts rather than mud throwing and ad hominems.
Several states have recently appealed to the 10th and/or the 9th Amendments to assert their state rights over federal government. These amendments state:
Amendment 9 – Construction of Constitution. Ratified 12/15/1791.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
- New Hampshire
I hadn’t reported on this earlier because they hadn’t actually been passed or whatever but now with 8 states floating resolutions reaffirming the concept of states rights as defined in the 2nd US Constitution and reinforced by the 9th and 10th Amendments it seems more worthy of posting.
Most of these are too controversal and broad unfortunately to have the likelihood of passing but the fact they have been floated and are getting attention is a good signal. Hopefully the concept of secession will come up more often and in a positive light.