Since my name and the FSW has come up a few times in this thread, and since the
actions of the FSP reflect upon the free state movement as a whole (of which the
Free State Wyoming is a significant part), it is time for me to offer some comments here.
Anyway,Â to face the present situation realistically: the Free State Wyoming project appears to be going nowhere fast. After over a year, it has a mere 30-something people on its discussion list; I don't know how many of that number actually have/will move to Wyoming.
Friday, if you don't know the facts, then feel free to discuss another subject.Â
We've about 250 discussion list members, not "30-something."Â About
40 registered for the 2nd Annual Free State Wyoming Jamboree.Â And
we've property owners and residents in all three of our initial counties,
as well as throughout the rest of Wyoming (the entire state has been
opened up for new members)
I consider all this very satisfying considering that the FSW is a very young
organization (founded by a person who had hardly any time to put into it)
which is competing for market share against a much larger org which has
enjoyed virtually all of the free state media attention since 2004.Â
Number to numbers, the FSP is much larger than the FSW.Â
But compare percentages, and the FSW shines quite brighter.
(I.e., much more than 1.5% of our members have already moved to Wyoming.)
FSWers are moving to Wyoming irrespective of any numerical goal or
date, and many of them relocated to one of just three counties.Â (The
$25 requested donation did not seem any obstacle, either...)Â I find their
resolve and proven action most significant.Â Perhaps, Friday, you might as well.
The FSW is growing, and its people are quite dedicated.
If you must continue commenting on the FSW, please at least get that part right.
I've read Jason's "ideas" he will propose to your Board, and am saddened that not a
word was mentioned concerning the FSP's original plan to "fold" (their words, not
mine) if 20k is not reached by the September 2006 deadline.Â
The free state movement is a market of sorts, with two primary contenders for relocators.Â
Certainly many free staters prefer the East, and New Hampshire.Â The FSP should continue
to serve such folks, though under a different strategy of trying to attract 20k by next year
(or perhaps any year).Â What should "fold" come next September is the unilateral moral
claim by the FSP on any signer who deems their agreement nullified by the deadline failure
and thus wishes to look elsewhere.Â
However, given that the FSP will not achieve its 20k for some 20 odd years, and given that
a second free state organization offers a Western alternative, it is time to be realistic.Â The
FSP is not the only game in town, the devout wishes of some notwithstanding.Â
Regarding the "come on out anyway because just 2,000 of us will make a difference"
sales pitch, consider what you are implicitly arguing.Â If 2,000 free staters can make a
difference in a state of 1,200,000 people, then imagine what those 2,000 could accomplish
in Wyoming with just 40% of NH's population.Â
Along these lines, I view with bitter amusement Jason's "subsequent research" that
political change in NH can be accomplished by as few as 8,000.Â A pity that such "subsequent
research" was not available to us all back in 2003, as our 5,500 members then were
(by Jason's new ratio) more than ample to politically control Wyoming at once.Â
In short, I'm not buying it.Â It is contortionist, self-serving reasoning bordering on the disingenuous.
Quit backpedaling on your numbers needed, and on the significance of the 9/2006 deadline.
I've nothing personal against FSP members who chose New Hampshire.Â The West and
Wyoming is not for everybody.Â But neither is the East and NH.Â Speaking for myself, I would
be happy to join with the FSP in marketing the free state concept, but only if the FSP will
cease ignoring its own past FAQ verbiage and give us Westerners and the FSW our due.
Come next September, the FSP will lose many members, many of them for Wyoming.
While that is inevitable, rancor is not.Â We are all free staters.
Shortly after the 2003 vote I offered to work with the FSP on mutual matters.
That offer still stands.
Best wishes to all,
Boston T. Partywww.freestatewyoming.orgwww.javelinpress.com