There’s just one more week to endure till the New Hampshire primary is over. I’ve stopped answering my door unless I’m expecting someone. Our condo complex has a clear “No solicitors” sign, but the campaigners pay no regard to private property. The junk mail is disgusting. Yesterday I got a piece, not obviously for any particular candidate, saying Trump isn’t anti-immigrant enough. I throw them in the recycling bin outside so I don’t even have to take them into the house.
I’ll be voting for one reason: to oppose Trumpism. Trumpism, not Trump. Reducing his delegate count would be good, but they won’t go to a much better candidate; Cruz, with his calls for making sand glow in the dark, is a worse candidate, and the other leading candidates are nearly as bad. My concern is that Trumpism is a cultural phenomenon built on hostility toward minority groups and demands for a strong leader. It isn’t what New Hampshire is supposed to be about.
New Hampshire has a well-deserved reputation as a liberal state. As a reminder, I use the word “liberal” in this blog not for the welfare statism which has appropriated the name, but for what the word previously meant: support for freedom and acceptance of people who are different. I’m perfectly safe if I say I’m an atheist; in some parts of the US I might not be, and in some other countries I’d be killed for it. Anti-minority incidents are rare. Trumpism rejects liberalism and promotes tribalism, and it’s contrary to the New Hampshire spirit, regardless of people’s politics.
Meanwhile, the Free State Project is within a handful of signatures of reaching its goal of 20,000 people pledging to move here. I suspect they’ll be sorely disappointed by how many do, but any number should help to improve the quality of the state. I think of the primary as a referendum on a hostile, tribalist way of thinking that I hope will be soundly defeated.