October Meeting

Room to left of enteranceOctober 17th is our monthly meeting.   We meet in Belmont at Shooters.  We tend to gather in the room on the left. Stop by for lunch with your liberty loving neighbors.  Our meetings are very casual and all those who share the ideals of freedom and personal responsibility are welcome.

Politics

The presidential election will be around the corner and perhaps sanity will be restored. On the other hand, how is your supply of precious metals?

Calendar

If you’re looking for a lot more liberty connections in New Hampshire check out this calendar at the Free State Project.

Lunch

LLL – Liberty Lunch in Laconia; with several folks living and working in Laconia, we’ve had a few lunches on the fly.  We general make arrangements via text messaging.  If you’d like to get into the text group, shoot me an email mike@lakesregionporcupines.com or drop a comment below.

Connect

Have you bailed out of Facebook?  You can stay in touch here; subscribe to our RSS feed and you’ll get updates as they happen.  We also have a group on MEWE (you need to be logged in).  Do you have an alternative social media site that we should check out? Of course, commenting here is the most direct!

Trade with privacy

Bitcoin BCH can be found at most of our meetings. Trade locally, join Local Bitcoin.

February Meeting

dining roomFebruary 15th is our monthly meeting.   We meet in Belmont at the New Hong Kong Buffet.  We gather in the large room on the left near the buffet. Stop by for lunch with your liberty loving neighbors.  Our meetings are very casual and all those who share the ideals of freedom and personal responsibility are welcome.

Politics

The presidential cirrus is leaving town, it’s our turn to focus on New Hampshire where we can actually have an effect. It’s time to line up candidates to run for state representative seats. Let’s be sure that those who run are going to support liberty. Check your friends list for possible candidates. Training sessions will be coming soon.

Calendar

If you’re looking for a lot more liberty connections in New Hampshire check out this calendar at the Free State Project.

Lunch

LLL – Liberty Lunch in Laconia; with several folks living and working in Laconia, we’ve had a few lunches on the fly.  We general make arrangements via text messaging.  If you’d like to get into the text group, shoot me an email mike@lakesregionporcupines.com or drop a comment below.

Connect

Have you bailed out of Facebook?  You can stay in touch here; subscribe to our RSS feed and you’ll get updates as they happen.  We also have a group on MEWE (you need to be logged in).  Do you have an alternative social media site that we should check out? Of course, commenting here is the most direct!

Trade with privacy

Bitcoin BCH can be found at most of our meetings. Trade locally, join Local Bitcoin.

The Lunatic Left

Those who think there is never enough government have been sharing their low grade propaganda in the letters section of the Laconia Daily Sun.  This time they target the Honorable Raymond Howard for a vote in 2016.

Those on the attack say “It is hard for me to understand why someone would object to having our students learn about the US and state governments and constitutions and be tested on the subject.”  Now if I wanted to be deceptive, I might not have used the full quotation and left off the last six words.  You see the bill was not about teaching the material; that was already the law.  SB-157 did not add any new material to the curriculum, it added a testing requirement.

So the real issue with this bill is about testing not teaching.  As one who voted against this bill I can tell you why.  I listen to my constituents and often hear how much stress is put on our students.  They have busy days in school and plenty of homework to take care of.  So I had to stop and think; where will the time come from to add another test to their day.  Sure it is just one more test, but the legislature wasn’t adding time to the day.  Let’s also remember that much of the stress felt by young people surrounds testing.  I didn’t think jamming one more test into their school year was helpful at all.  One thing I remember about school and testing is that you focus so much on the test that once it is done, it is only a short time before the material studied is lost to the studies for the next exam.

I’m grateful to have served three terms with Rep. Howard.  He takes the time to study the bills and more importantly consider the possible poor consequences of passing a well intended but faulty bill.

Like dogs barking in the night; they all need to chime in.

Fun fact for LRP readers: our Commissioner of Education was in the legislature at the time and also voted no to testing for civics.  He knows it doesn’t help retention of the information.

And one final point for my opposition to the bill.  I took the time to consider the make up of our government school system, and had to wonder what exactly will they be teaching and how will they be grading the exams.

UPDATE:

My reply was printed August 2, 2018 which happened to coincide with a bit of support from an unlikely source.

Community Rights Amendment

An amendment to the New Hampshire constitution is currently being considered (Feb. 2018).  CACR 19 titled ‘Right of Local Community Self-Government’ is offered as a local control amendment.  Let’s take a look at this thing.

You will notice that this is composed of two sentences, and the first one is a whooper:

[Art.] 40.  [Right of Local Community Self-Government.]  All government of right originates from the people, is founded in their consent, and instituted for the general good; the people have the right and the duty to reform governments when those governments manifestly endanger public liberty; and sustainable environmental and economic development can be achieved only when the people affected by governing decisions are the ones who make them; therefore, the people of New Hampshire have an inherent and inalienable right of local, community self-government in each county, municipality, city, and town to enact local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare by recognizing or establishing rights of natural persons, their local communities, and nature; and by securing those rights using prohibitions and other means deemed necessary by the community, including measures to establish, define, alter, or eliminate competing rights, powers, privileges, immunities, or duties of corporations and other business entities operating, or seeking to operate, in the community.

In the beginning, “All government of right originates from the people” can be reworded to, ‘a just body politic must come from the people who create it.’ I think we are doing well so far.

Then, “is founded in their consent” inserts the ‘social contract.’  Let’s just assume for now that ‘their consent’ means everybody agrees to this ‘government of right’, but stipulate that all measures produced by this just government will require 100% agreement of the body politic.

Moving on, “and instituted for the general good“, as we are assuming unanimous agreement, everyone agrees that any rule adopted will help most people and harm none.  Who would agree to something that would cause harm to themselves?

On to the next clause we have “the people have the right and the duty to reform governments when those governments manifestly endanger public liberty.”  All of a sudden we have a “duty” to reform multiple “governments.”  Where did these other governments come from and why is it your responsibility to fix them? ‘Huston, we have a problem!’  If we are living by the just government of our first clause then one person removing their consent is all that is needed for it to be ‘reformed’.  Reformed, hmm, must we reform?  Perhaps we would be better off without.

Despite the fatal flaws we’ve already encountered, let’s press on.  “and sustainable environmental and economic development can be achieved only when the people affected by governing decisions are the ones who make them“, this is a statement which presents itself as a fact, but in reality can only stand as an opinion.  A constitution of a just government is no place to be inserting opinions; only those who agree with the opinion could possibly be a party to such a body politic.  Perhaps this is where those other governments will be created, in opposition to a government based in the stated opinion previously expressed.

The flaws of the opening statements preclude an sensible reading of the conclusion; “therefore, the people of New Hampshire have an inherent and inalienable right of local, community self-government in each county, municipality, city, and town to enact local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare by recognizing or establishing rights of natural persons, their local communities, and nature.”  This being a proposed amendment to the New Hampshire constitution which would be voted upon by only those whom qualify as voters in the state, it would fail to meet its first statement regarding ‘All government of right.’

More absurdity is found in the notion of “establishing rights of natural persons.”  If we believe that people have the right to create government and without people there can be no government, how is it possible for government to establish rights for its own creator.  One would need to use a bit of circular logic to work that out.

Let’s note that this ‘just government’ is also “establishing rights of”… “their local communities, and nature.”  We might need to explore what this community is and how it expresses its government granted rights.  How ‘nature’ lets us know about its rights is beyond comprehension.

We’ve come this far, and the truth is located near the end.  “and by securing those rights using prohibitions and other means deemed necessary by the community, including measures to establish, define, alter, or eliminate competing rights, powers, privileges, immunities, or duties of corporations and other business entities operating, or seeking to operate, in the community.”  Just so you don’t miss it, “using prohibitions and other means deemed necessary by the community” is where they pull out the guns and tell “corporations and other business entities” how things are going to be run in the ‘community.’

Finally we come to the second sentence which loops its way around to the mouth of the snake and down its own throat:

 Local laws adopted pursuant to this article shall not weaken existing protections for, or constrict the fundamental rights of, natural persons, or their local communities, or nature, as those protections and rights are secured by local, state, federal, or international law.

While this amendment would serve as the basis of a good episode of The Twilight Zone, it is only suitable for an ITL (inexpedient to legislate) in the house.

 

Few Reasons To Leave The Lakes Region

Let’s face it, we have all we need here in the lakes region. On Saturday, Oct 14th a few of us will take a short trip down to Manchester to support a very worthy cause.

Tammy Simmons is running for the board of aldermen in Manchester. I’m not a big fan of politics; for those that step up it’s a grind. If you are fortunate enough to have avoided the action on the inside, you have missed the reason you should support Tammy. You have missed seeing Tammy deliver the message of liberty to rooms full of statist; clearly, boldly, and passionately saying that which you scream at your news feed. You may be heard by your family and friends; Tammy pushes the message to those who would rather not hear the truth.

Please consider joining us for a few hours, I promise your investment of your valuable time will be well spent. Tammy is willing to do the hard work that comes after the election. The return on your investment is the delivery of the liberty message inside city hall. If you can’t make it Saturday, please share and look for other opportunities to help.

If you can make it, register at Ward 10 Door Knocking, or shoot an e-mail to electtammysimmons@gmail.com