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Re:Positive Post-Vote Press Coverage from Within NH!
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2003, 11:54:17 am »

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TO me these dang liberals are the anarchists because they are making it as if belief in the constitution is a crime and have infiltrated education. Just look at what the democratic candidates are doing to undermine the war on terror!
I was once asked not to teach the kids about our liberty and rights, and to take down the rule that says the UN flag should not be flown higher than the US flag...............and asked to sign a paper stating I supported 'world government' in order to keep my job. Pretty scary! But they've infiltrated education...and must be flushed out again.

Occasionally I hear stuff like this and find it amazing things have come to this.  I have seen things gradually creep into work but it's more a matter of regulations and paperwork for government contracts.  What you're talking about here is ... spooky.
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Re:Positive Post-Vote Press Coverage from Within NH!
« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2003, 02:51:47 am »

libertarian wrote:

<<Well, actually, many FSP members really are anarchists.<<

I wouldn't say "many..." it feels like about 10 percent to me, and some of them have been handled pretty roughly in the debate around here.  I was thinking some of them quit in frustation didn't they?

I'll take anarchists any day over Kathy Sullivanism, but I don't think we really have very many here.  
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Re:Positive Post-Vote Press Coverage from Within NH!
« Reply #17 on: October 21, 2003, 11:00:08 am »

I don't even think its that high.  I think around 10% of the people who post on the boards are anarchistic in nature, but the members who aren't active online are most likely more subtle.  Naturally, this is just IMHO, but I get a vibe that typically the more outspoken, active members of a group are the most philosophically-extreme ones.

libertarian wrote:

<<Well, actually, many FSP members really are anarchists.<<

I wouldn't say "many..." it feels like about 10 percent to me, and some of them have been handled pretty roughly in the debate around here.  I was thinking some of them quit in frustation didn't they?

I'll take anarchists any day over Kathy Sullivanism, but I don't think we really have very many here.  
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Re:Positive Post-Vote Press Coverage from Within NH!
« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2003, 12:29:55 pm »

The FSP Treasurer is a self-described anarchist, who is a member of her school's PTA, is running for the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts state committee, and is also, obviously, the treasurer of the FSP.

So not all anarchists are bomb-throwing, granola eating, anti-civilization weirdos.

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Re:Positive Post-Vote Press Coverage from Within NH!
« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2003, 04:28:31 pm »

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I'll take anarchists any day over Kathy Sullivanism, but I don't think we really have very many here.  
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Indeed.

I was hoping that ALL fspers wer extreame hardcore libertarians. Why would you want to go to the expence to move if you really didn't want complete liberty.

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Re:Positive Post-Vote Press Coverage from Within NH!
« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2003, 05:40:36 pm »

"The FSP Treasurer is a self-described anarchist"  True Jon she is that, but she is also a whole lot more than that.  I would say one of the tireless individuals that is going to help us create a Free State.

Perhaps we should be a little reserve when we are throwing out labels.

BTW, on a personal level, she is also fun, whether you are up in an airplane, or setting around a campfire! ;)  So glad she is on our team! ;D

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Re:Positive Post-Vote Press Coverage from Within NH!
« Reply #22 on: November 03, 2003, 11:03:16 am »

Here's a very nice article in the Concord Monitor.

For Libertarians, a warm welcome
http://www.cmonitor.com/stories/news/state2003/110103libertarianconvention_2003.shtml
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Re:Positive Post-Vote Press Coverage from Within NH!
« Reply #23 on: November 03, 2003, 12:31:47 pm »

Liberty lovers in New Hampshire were given not just part of page one, but also ALL of page 5 in the Sunday Keene Sentinel yesterday.
The front page article (continued on page 5) was entitled “Free State of mind – Three make run at local office” talking about how three FSP members are running for office here in Keene (this will naturally happen for years, with all our candidates). It was a fairly positive article, and portrayed us, correctly, as moderate candidates with a passion for private environmental protection. They also highlighted my plan for  â€œask for 10 or 10” legislation, which will require the Keene City Council to ask for public approval before any project costing over $10M or using more than 10 acres of public land could go into effect, providing “a safety net fiscally and environmentally”.
The second article on page 5 was “Libertarians take aim at local elections”, talking about how both an article I wrote earlier this year (The soft underbelly of American politics) and the LPNH site encourage libertarians to engage in local politics. Again, it was a fairly good article (copied below).
The third article was on Governor Benson speaking to the Liberty Expo Saturday.
In short, they gave the FSP a lot of good press in the state’s most liberal paper, and then they tied our three candidates to Benson, which will hopefully give us the Benson vote here in Keene. That may very likely push us over the 40% we need to win. :O)
We’re even winning over the left here, folks. Co-operation and inclusiveness is working wonders. Thank you all.

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Re:Positive Post-Vote Press Coverage from Within NH!
« Reply #24 on: November 03, 2003, 12:32:28 pm »

Libertarian candidates take aim in Keene's non-partisan elections (11/2/03)

By  BENJAMIN YELLE for SentinelSource

The Keene city charter calls for city-council elections to be non-partisan

contests, but Libertarian James G. Maynard says these small city and town

elections can be prime spots for members of his party to begin their

political careers.

On his Web site, Maynard urges Libertarians to run for small city and town

seats as steps to more powerful roles in government. He wrote an article,

titled “The Soft Underbelly of American Politics,” as a guide for

Libertarians to achieve power in the state.

“Most local elections are held in odd-numbered years, and for local

elections (campaign finance reform) laws do not apply. These are also the

elections where a liberty-loving candidate can go out and meet the voters

(she or he) will be representing, and it is usually possible to run

successful campaigns at this level for very little money,” Maynard wrote.

“These elections are the best place for Libertarians to become known, gain

valuable election experience, and win local office. Off-year elections are

the soft underbelly of American politics.”

Maynard isn’t the only one urging Libertarians to compete in non-partisan

elections.

“Let’s get people into local office to build the momentum to win majorities

and show people that Libertarian government works,” states a posting on the

official N.H. Libertarian Party Web site.
The site says 29 Libertarians hold offices in New Hampshire communities. In

the Monadnock Region, Libertarians claim a Rindge Planning Commission

member, an Antrim Zoning Board vice-chairman and a Marlborough Budget

Committee member, according to the Web site.

“Whether you run for alderman, election supervisor or cemetery trustee,

every race is important, and every potential libertarian win is important,”

the Web site continues. “Nearly all these races are non-partisan, so there’s

no party label to discourage voters. ... If you run, the party will help

you. We have experienced volunteers and campaign staff ready and waiting.

There is money available and (political action committees) which will

support serious local races.”

Maynard said he hasn’t taken any money from the Libertarian Party for his

city council bid. But “The Libertarian Victory Fund,” run by Deerfield

Libertarian Don Gorman, provided direct support to the Maynard campaign in

the 2001 council election, according to that group’s Web site. While no

other city-council candidates this year have leaned on their political-party

affiliation in seeking election, Maynard said that doesn’t mean they don’t

have an agenda, whether or not they want to define it by political party.
“Certainly everyone who is running for city council has certain opinions and

I do as well,” he said. “Basically, ever since the beginning both

Republicans and Democrats have always used local races as training grounds.”

Maynard said Libertarians have historically aimed too high, by running for

governor and other high-profile political seats and getting stomped at the

polls. He said smaller, local elections allow people to see that

Libertarians aren’t the scary anarchists they are often portrayed as.
He said concerns that his essay was meant as a call to subvert the local

election process are unfounded.
“I don’t think we could pull off a conspiracy even if we tried,” he said.

The two other Libertarians running for Keene offices this year said they

agree with Maynard’s sentiment, but they aren’t running as Libertarian Party

candidates. Patricia L. LaPree, who lives with Maynard and is running for

the Keene Board of Education, said she’s “not running as a Libertarian

candidate because it’s a non-partisan election.”
She said the Libertarian goals of fiscal conservativism and accountability

are the only places where her political party platform and her candidacy

overlap.
“I’m not a person with a huge agenda,” LaPree said.
Michelle Otterson, who is running as Maynard’s teammate for an at-large city

council seat, agreed with LaPree.

Otterson stressed that while she isn’t hiding her libertarian leanings,

she’s not running as a Libertarian candidate for the council.

Philosophically, libertarians want to ease restrictions on so-called

“victimless crimes” such as drug laws, gambling and prostitution, but

Otterson said practically, she doesn’t see that happening in Keene.

“I don’t see the city council opening up brothels in Keene and I don’t know

what the growing season for cocaine is in New Hampshire,” she said, mocking

what she called some of the exaggerations of Libertarian theory.


People familiar with Keene’s politics say it’s uncommon for political

parties to be part of local elections.

J. Patrick MacQueen was Keene’s city manager for 17 years, through much of

the 1980s and 1990s. In that time, he never saw party politics become part

of city elections.

“It always was (non-partisan) and I certainly think that’s the best way to

go,” he said of the city election process. “Keene was certainly very well

served by that.”

Former Keene mayor Robert L. Mallat Jr., whose sister Margaret Lynch is

running for an at-large seat on the city council, has been involved in Keene

politics since 1959.
Through the years, he said, party politics occasionally has come into play

on a city level, but such instances are rare.

“Overall, (elections have) truly been non-partisan,” he said.

Mallat noted that city elections in Manchester have often been partisan

contests, but “here in Keene (political party) has never been a major

issue.”

Mallat, a Democrat, said he’s supported Republicans in city elections, and

Republicans have supported him. He said he’d seen Maynard’s and Otterson’s

campaign signs around the city, but didn’t know they were Libertarians. The

signs don’t mention their political party.

“I don’t think it’s going to influence any votes,” Mallat said, of Maynard

and Otterson’s political affiliation.

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Re:Positive Post-Vote Press Coverage from Within NH!
« Reply #25 on: November 03, 2003, 01:06:20 pm »

Wow,

  Thats all great to hear James. Good luck to the three of you in tomorrows election, I'm sure many of us will be hoping for you guys!

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