The New Hampshire legislature has over 400 members, and they’re paid very little. This is a good thing, since it means our legislators aren’t professional politicians, but occasional loonies get elected. The Free State people got excited recently when Rep. Cynthia Chase of Keene wrote online that “Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today” and proposed making “the environment here so unwelcoming that some will choose not to come, and some may actually leave.” To do this, “One way is to pass measures that will restrict the ‘freedoms’ that they think they will find here. Another is to shine the bright light of publicity on who they are and why they are coming.”
I read this article where she wrote these things, and it really was that lunatic. It’s been yanked since then, so I can’t offer a link; the quotes above are from a blog post in response.
I think the Free Staters are more tickled than outraged by this lunatic outburst. Being called “the single biggest threat” by someone who wants to restrict freedoms is a compliment, and shining the bright light of publicity — oh, no, Brer Fox, anything but that! As for what she can actually do, a proposal to restrict freedom just to create an unwelcoming environment for any group is going to gain zero traction in New Hampshire. At least I hope so — there are people who want to restrict freedoms to make the state less welcoming to immigrants to the US. There are things that localities might do just to drive out people who value freedom; a town that adopted New York’s stop-and-frisk policies would doubtless persuade a lot of people, and not just hard-core libertarians, to move out. I don’t think that’s going to happen, though.
Some things just aren’t worrying about, and this is one of them. If a dimbulb can shine a “bright light of publicity” on the pursuit of liberty, that can even be a plus.