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Press from the Liberty Dinner
« on: June 26, 2004, 12:22:32 am »

Posted on Fri, Jun. 25, 2004

Protesters criticize Benson's ties to Free State Project, libertarians


Associated Press

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Holding signs reading "Gov. Hummer is a bummer" and "Government is not the Problem, Selfish People are the Problem," about 30 people lined the walk outside a Plymouth State University building Friday to protest Gov. Craig Benson's relationship with the Free State Project.

"He wasn't elected governor to bring people in to take over our state," said Paul Johnson of Nashua, a founder of Democracy for N.H., a citizens group.

"Their strategy is to essentially set up sleeper cells that will over time be activated," he said of the Free State Project, which aims to bring 20,000 liberty-minded people to New Hampshire in the next five years.

"He has literally embraced them," said Roger Goun, 43, of Brentwood. "I'm here to hold Gov. Benson accountable for snuggling up to the Free Staters."

Benson was the keynote speaker at Friday's New Hampshire Liberty Alliance banquet, held at Plymouth State. He promoted New Hampshire as a state with a low tax burden and relative economic freedom compared to other New England states.

Benson avoided the protesters by going through a different entrance.

Jason Sorens, Free State Project founder, also was to speak. Sorens walked by the protesters, but they didn't recognize him.

Free State Project members arriving at the banquet walked by the painted signs, smiling and greeting the protesters.

"Good job of using free speech, excellent," said one Free Stater.

Down the block, four Benson supporters held campaign signs.

Benson, a Republican, has welcomed the Free State Project, which last year chose New Hampshire as the best place to establish a society where they could live free from government interference.

In August, he signed on as a Free State Project supporter. Free State Project members advocate issues from the legalization of marijuana to home schooling. They are united in wanting to scale back government and the courts to protect life, liberty and property.

The Free State Project recently came under fire when a breakaway group - the Free Town Project - declared its interest in settling 200 libertarians in the town of Grafton, population 1,200. The Free State Project denies any association with the Free Town Project and the N.H. Liberty Alliance, even though their memberships overlap. Tim Condon, a Free Stater also involved in the Free Town Project, said the group has since changed their name to Grafton For Freedom, to avoid confusion with the Free State Project.

Benson said Thursday he welcomes a variety of groups to New Hampshire, and that doing otherwise would be discrimination. He also said he doesn't know Sorens. At the banquet Friday, he stopped to greet Sorens and other Free State Project leaders, posing for photographs with them.

Benson's critics point to the appointment of John Babiarz, head of the state Libertarian Party, to the governor's council on government efficiency, as a sign that Benson is too close to libertarians and the Free State Project. They also object to the appointment of Amanda Phillips, Free State Project president, to a Health and Human Services task force. Phillips lives in Massachusetts.

"I'm happy that there are protesters because it means that we're being taken seriously," Phillips said.


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Re:Press from the Liberty Dinner
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2004, 12:23:36 am »

News - June 26, 2004

Liberty Alliance draws praise, protest
Union Leader Correspondent

Protesters against the Free State Project picket outside the Liberty Alliance dinner Friday in Plymouth. Free State founder Jason Sorens and supporter Gov. Craig Benson attended the dinner. (AP)
PLYMOUTH — While protesters picketed outside Prospect Hall at Plymouth State University, Gov. Craig Benson was warmly greeted by more than 100 free-state supporters and members of the Libertarian Party at the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance’s 2004 Liberty Dinner last night.

“We’ve got a lot to celebrate,” Benson told the crowd as he heralded the accomplishments of his administration: In various surveys, New Hampshire has been named the healthiest, best state in the nation, the seventh most economically free state, and the state with the next to lowest tax burden, Benson pointed out.

His remarks punctuated by applause, Benson outlined the challenges of education funding and the importance of a constitutional amendment to restrain government growth. “We all need to pitch in together. You can make a huge difference,” Benson said as the crowd rose to its feet and applauded.

Justin Somma, public relations director for the Liberty Alliance, said this first major public event was an opportunity for the group to get the word out and raise money for its scholarship fund. He said the alliance is dedicated to advancing and accelerating the cause of individual liberty in New Hampshire through political and cultural change.

The alliance named Rep. Michael Harrington of Strafford County as its first legislator of the year. “In a state where liberty is the favored political paradigm, Harrington stands out as the best of the best,” said NHLA political chairman and former state Rep. Don Gorman.

Attorney Michael Avery, president of the National Lawyers Guild from Boston, brought a message of concern about the Patriot Act. During dinner, Avery told a reporter the government has too much freedom to gather information about people without any court intervention. “We’re giving up our privacy and freedom. The President and executive branch are seizing more power,” said Avery, who teaches court law at Suffolk University.

Jason Sorens, founder of the Free State Project, said the group isn’t part of the Alliance but shares many of its views. “We want to make a positive contribution to the state and we share the same general philosophy. But the alliance is more about political action,” said Sorens, who hails from New Haven, Conn.

About 300 Free State Party members have already moved to New Hampshire, and more than 5,800 others have pledged to do so. The group aims for 20,000 to move to the Granite State by the year 2011, Sorens said.

Many of these members are young adults from 18 to 35 and represent a wide range of professions, including doctors, lawyers, teachers and many engineers, according to Sorens. One of those members — attorney Evan Nappen of Oakhurst, N.J. — said he has already bought a home in Bow where he plans to move with his wife and three children. Nappen attended the dinner last night with his 13-year-old son, Ethan, and his brother, Louis Nappen, a former teacher who now attends law school.

Dan Stafford of Canaan, a member of the Libertarian Party, described himself as a friend of the Free State Project and said he shares the Alliance’s goals for smaller government. Likewise, Unity Selectman Mary Gere is lending her support to this effort. “These people will be great neighbors, volunteers and teachers,” said Gere, who joined the project before the group selected New Hampshire. Gere, a four-term selectman, said she would likely have moved with her husband and children to Wyoming if the project had chosen that state.


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Re:Press from the Liberty Dinner
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2004, 11:52:35 pm »

My gosh the backhanded compliments never cease...

"Government is not the Problem, Selfish People are the Problem"

  - someone give a medal to whoever came up with that....should help us win over a lot of "selfish people!"

"He wasn't elected governor to bring people in to take over our state,"

   - Wow Dems think we can take over the state...they have more faith in us than we do!

A warning tho:   This may sound like a childish anecdote but a few years ago I ran a little gaming squad.   We got pretty good for a while, and when we would enter games the howling and squawking from our opponents would start.

We were "stacking" they said, "not playing fair," "taking the fun" out of the game, etc.   Basically they were accusing us of winning.  

Well instead of being thrilled about this and building on it we backed off, tried to figure out a way to make everybody happy, yadda yadda.   And my squad petered out.   My fault

Please, revel in this whining and bellyaching....treasure it and build on it.   Don't ever let it stop, don't ever will it to go away.  Because if it does we will all miss it.
« Last Edit: June 26, 2004, 11:53:42 pm by Dada Orwell »
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Re:Press from the Liberty Dinner
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2004, 11:56:08 pm »

"Government is not the Problem, Selfish People are the Problem"

I think Sobran's collumn is appropriate right here.

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Re:Press from the Liberty Dinner
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2004, 02:13:12 am »

Thanks Tracy I found that an easy to hand out article on the subject!
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And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of freedom becomes a harness to you,  and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfillment.
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Re:Press from the Liberty Dinner
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2004, 04:52:28 pm »

My favorite sign was the one that said "Rights for Billionaires."

My friend Joe walked by, smiled, nodded, and said, "Yeah, billionaires need rights, too."
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Re:Press from the Liberty Dinner
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2004, 10:32:34 pm »

"Benson avoided the protesters by going through a different entrance."

Yeah... Here's the funny bit....

There were a bunch of large windows on the wall on the side of the room CB came in.. The protesters were on the other side of the building...   ;)

So, some of them tried to come over to that side of the building after he started talking, so they could hold their signs so they were visible from our event.

They were escorted away from there by the very same police they forced us to pay for because of them. ;D

Money well spent. :)

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