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LadyLee

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A Message For Those Undecided
« on: August 05, 2003, 04:31:01 pm »

A message to those who are "on the fence" about joining the FSP - let me tell you about my journey to joining the FSP (it's long, but bear with me...):

I am a 40-something woman who lives in California. I have been a liberty-lover as long as I remember (way before I understood the true implications of that word).  For many years, I have watched our state and federal governments take over more and more societal functions, creating ever-increasing rules and regulations, and taking away my right to live, work and breathe as a free individual. We have discussed our concerns and what to do about it for a long time, but we did not see a rational way to untangle this political and bureaucratic mess.

About 6 months ago, I saw an ad for the Free State Project in Reason magazine. Not too long after, both Claire Wolfe and Sunni Maravillosa mentioned the FSP, so I went to the web site. The concept excited me - a group of like-minded individuals moving to a state and trying to become free one rational step at a time. The web discussions fascinated me, as people discussed dealing with real-world issues (who takes care of public parks, what are the ramifications of legalizing drugs, who will feed the hungry when welfare programs are abolished, etc.). I did not agree with all the views presented, but some of the practical matters were being discussed.

I told my family "go look at the FSP - this is what we have been waiting for! Let's join!". I was shocked to find my extended family (husband, teenage son, ex-husband, mother, and close friends) not so eager to make the commitment and move. I heard many of the concerns that have been written here: I can't move without a job, I can't leave my friends, I'm worried about the medical care, it's too cold / too small / too rural / too urban, I'm afraid to move somewhere new, I won't make as much money, the list goes on and on...

Because of my family's lack of interest, I first signed up as a Friend of the FSP. I lurked the message boards 2-3 times a week, never contributing, just reading and thinking. When the announcement was made that it was time to vote for a state, I again talked to my family, and said we should sign up, and have a voice in choosing a state. I again heard the same concerns, but when I tried to discuss alternatives or making a plan, no one was listening.

I used to joke about  "waiting for the Libertarian Fairy to come along and magically change everything". Now I realized that my family was waiting for the Libertarian Fairy, and only wanted to move to a place that had already changed. They were not willing to make the long-term commitment to effect change.

(I am not trying to make light of their concerns - I have a lot of concerns myself. But our greatest asset is time. I have 5 years to polish my resume, look around the state, choose one or more places I want to live, put my house up for sale, find a job, find an apartment or a house to rent, move to my new home, and start looking for property to purchase. 5 years is a lot of time - if I can't move in 5 years, something is extremely wrong!)

If I want to teach my son that freedom is precious and worth saving, I need to work for that freedom. If I truly believe that an individual is responsible for themselves and their family, I have a personal obligation to take up that responsibility. For years I have said that "if you are unhappy with your government, go vote - if you don't take the time to study the issues and vote, don't complain about your politician".

If I want to live in a Free State, I have a personal responsibility to help create that Free State.

2 weeks ago, I took a deep breath, and joined as a full member  :D. No opting out - whatever state is chosen, I will go. I have 5 years to convince my family to come along. If my family decides not to leave, I will go alone. Yes, I will miss them, and yes I will feel very guilty about leaving them behind. BUT I AM GOING TO HELP CREATE, AND LIVE IN A FREE STATE.

Looking forward to meeting you all in the future (perhaps in that coffeehouse that Thor wants to open),
LadyLee
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Re:A Message For Those Undecided
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2003, 04:59:51 pm »

Occasionally a post comes along that compels me to re-read and re-re-read it. The post above is that type of post. I applaud your commitment to Liberty.

BTW, you will have 5-7 years to convince your family. ;D


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Re:A Message For Those Undecided
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2003, 05:56:11 pm »

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Re:A Message For Those Undecided
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2003, 06:18:48 pm »

I just boosted your karma, Lady Lee  :)

Congratulations on making the right decision!
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Re:A Message For Those Undecided
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2003, 07:44:14 pm »

Welcome!

Great post!    
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Re:A Message For Those Undecided
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2003, 09:22:52 pm »

"I have 5 years to convince my family to come along"

I think that problem will take care of itself LadyLee.  The way things are going, I think most of us will be afraid *not* to move in 5 years.

Thanks for the great post.  Can you feel the Karma?
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Re:A Message For Those Undecided
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2003, 01:04:06 am »

You got some Karma from me too, LadyLee!  Congrats!  I also think that it is a brave and courageous step you are taking... full of risks (loss of family even!!!!), but, we all have to follow that different drummer sometimes too.  Perhaps we will all create a state to which your family will be eager to move to to join you and help influence.  

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Re:A Message For Those Undecided
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2003, 09:21:03 pm »

 :DLady Lee you inspire me so much - I wish I would have read your post earlier - it would have saved me many a night's sleep ( and I have baby twins  and two preschoolers!---I need all the sleep I can get!!!)

My husband and I have since joined and can't wait to meet you someday!! If you are ever in Minnesota, PM me!!

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