NH ‘Progressives’ Brag About Xenophobia and Bigotry


Cynthia Chase

A Keene-area state representative laments the fact that, “there is, legally, nothing we can do to prevent them from moving here to take over the state, which is their openly stated goal.” The Other; “them” in this instance refers to participants in the Free State Project, the political migration of liberty minded people to NH. Though the FSP has no central direction and amounts to little more than a promise to move together with like-minded others, freshly elected representative Cynthia Chase has classified her new neighbors as a threat. But not just any threat. “Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today,” she opens with on a blog featured at the Blue Hampshire website. Continuing,

In this country you can move anywhere you choose and they have that same right. What we can do is to make the environment here so unwelcoming that some will choose not to come, and some may actually leave. One way is to pass measures that will restrict the ‘freedoms’ that they think they will find here.

One wonders how Ms. Chase plans to make the state “so unwelcoming” for libertarians in such a way that would not be unwelcoming to others. She tips her hand by opening in regret that political purges are illegal, but then suggests that she and her ilk can try.

Vanguardism on parade

vanguard_sovietIn a house of over 400 representatives, the number of FSP participants holding a seat is under a dozen. Yet perhaps because new ideas are fascinating, these few have been credited and condemned by some opposition as responsible for much of the political zeitgeist in New Hampshire. Ms. Chase responds not by attacking the ideas of FSP participants, but by attacking the very notion of being driven by ideas. She uses the shallow label ‘ideologues’ to apply to the vague threat that concerns her, and dismisses the idea of ideas with “NH is not up for sale to any ideology.” And of her own beliefs, clearly they would never be tainted by the menacing concept of ideology. Striving to embody the Marxist definition of ideology as passive, unconscious behavior; “They do not know it, but they are doing it.”

The sacred mandate

It is not the best sign of things to come that a newly elected representative finds it wise to take to the internet shortly after her victory to denounce a segment of her constituency as some sort of danger. This demonization of the Other serves the dual purpose of creating a problem as well as projecting the framework of a solution through the way of a unified opposition. And to address the problems formulated in Chase’s mind, with solipsistic rationalization that would make Ayn Rand proud, the loss of majority status by the republican party in New Hampshire is reimagined as public backlash against the FSP, despite offices being held by participants as both republican, democrat, and even independent candidates. I would be pleasantly surprised if even a simple majority of voters in the state know what a ‘Free Stater’ is.

They can not put their ideology into our statutes unless we elect them in great enough numbers to take over our General Court. We have already seen them try during the last session of the General Court. Our last election was a repudiation of their extremism.

And herein lies the mandate, the premature passing of responsibility. Don’t mind me, because the previous tenant made a large theoretical mess, I will be justified in advance for what I consider cleaning up, for it is the will of the people. Little trust should be given to anyone who claims the will of god or country as driving their actions. With such individual will to be the bearer of power, it is imperative to maintain the perception of the power as rooted elsewhere.

While Cynthia Chase seeks to keep New Hampshire welcoming while simultaneously making it unwelcoming, an unsuccessful politician named Lucy Edwards commented on Chase’s post boasting of her own bigotry against prospective movers. Edwards says with pride,

A friend had a young man from Texas contact her to rent a room she had available. She got in touch with me to ask what to do when he told her he was coming to NH as part of the Free State Project. Here’s what she decided to tell him: “I told him that I already rented the room, and that I didn’t appreciate him coming here to change our state government, it was an insult to me. That if he wanted to make change to start self examining his own life in a mindful way and stay in Texas to make the changes he wants not come here. And not contact me again.”

I like the idea of being very open with these people that we don’t want them here if all they want to do is change our government to suit themselves.

Climaxing her shamefully unneighborly post with hypocrisy reveals the ignorance of Edward’s own self-righteousness. In analyzing what she wrote, we see just how immaturely Edwards socializes with others who have different ideas. She speaks of a friend asking her advice for what to do about a potential tenant who might be a communist…excuse me, Free Stater. Without saying what advice she relayed, she is happy to report that her friend lied to her potential tenant about the status of the rental, condescended him by stating that he ‘insults’ her, telling him to stay in the place that he lives, and in ultimate children’s fashion, requesting that the person sever contact with her.


Lucy Edwards

Elitist Edwards pats herself on the back as being ‘open’ with people she despises for their ideas, ignorant (or not) of the fact that telling someone to sever communication is the exact opposite of openness. Edwards couldn’t even wait to hold office to bust out the double-speak. Though this would be the appropriate time to bask in the reality that this busybody who knows better than you was not elected, know-better busybodies have a way of being drawn to seek office.

Surely Chase and Edwards, being the friends of inflating states that they are, support the continued governmental management of K-12 education. Since Chase has only been in New Hampshire six months longer than I have been out of high school, perhaps these older ladies have forgotten some of the lessons in basic socialization and diplomacy that I had believed were taught in all functional, diverse groups. No bridges are built by telling those with different opinions that they insult you and never to speak to you again. One can self-apply the label ‘progressive’ regardless of whether their actions actually advance a state of community.

Unlike voluntary community organizing, politics is not based upon building healthy relationships, but about wielding the monopoly on violence. Is it surprising that politicians exhibit more antisocial behaviors than civilians?


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  1. “perhaps these older ladies have forgotten some of the lessons in basic
    socialization and diplomacy that I had believed were taught in all
    functional, diverse groups”

    There’s no need to call them “older ladies.” More broadly, there really is no need to write this long post highlighting the shameful things they (Chase and Edwards) said/did. It’s true that they may have completely shut out the possibility of being friends with Free Staters, but that doesn’t mean you have to do the same thing back to them by putting them down for the bigoted things things they said. By all means point out that what they said was bigoted, but there is no need to rub it in so much. Perhaps ask them if they really believe what they said to give them a chance to withdraw their bigoted statement? Also, I would love to see what some other Democrats’, Republicans’, non-politicians, etcs’ views are on Free Staters if the author of this piece (or anyone else) is willing to put in the effort to ask them. Are there many other Democrats here in NH that are like Chase and Edwards or are most fine with Free Staters moving to NH even if they disagree with their views? That would be better journalism.

  2. I’m left wondering about what the writer would say if there were hundreds of Muslims moving into NH with the express purpose of making NH a caliphate. Just saying………….

  3. Would a calphate provide for more or less state violence?

  4. My point has nothing to do with violence. My point is that I bet the writer, “free concord”, would be much less enthused if a few hundred Muslims were moving to NH with the express intent of remaking NH to their own liking. Would she defend the rights of the Muslims with the same vigor as she defends the rights of the Free Staters? I think NOT! In fact, I bet there wouldn’t even BE an article!~

  5. This scandal has grown out of control. Clearly it’s time for Mr. Chase to resign from office.

  6. The Union Leader asked some state reps their views. Here they are. http://www.unionleader.com/article/20121227/newhampshire14/121229313 • Rep. David Hess from Hooksett said he wasn’t aware of any Free Staters from Hooksett and hasn’t given the movement much thought. “Like any group, it’s composed of some great people and some not so great people,” he said. “I think they tend to exaggerate their influence.”

    • Bedford Rep. John Graham said, “I understand the background of it,” adding “it doesn’t seem like they stand out.”

    • Bedford Rep. John Cebrowski said he’d never heard of the Free State Project, but considers Rep. Mark Warden a libertarian-leaning legislator and “a good guy.”

    • Salem Rep. Marilinda Garcia said, “I have heard about it and I know some members of the Legislature are (Free State participants), but other than that I don’t know too much about it.”

    • Hooksett Rep. Todd Smith said he didn’t know enough about the Free State Project to comment about it.

  7. Considering that the writer is one of the founders of the Gilbo Avenue Mosque, I suspect she would think you are entitled to a second helping of crow.

  8. If that’s the case, Heckle is gone, and I’m half finished with Jeckyl. However, my experience with free staters leads me to have a pretty low opinion of them. Somehow they got the idea that the majority of New Hampshire people are somehow gun-toting, far right radicals, and they, the free staters, are here to be more like they THINK we are. We’re NOT!

  9. I don’t know who you’re including in your ‘we,’ but you don’t speak for me. I would like to point out that save the SE corner of NH, Ron Paul did really well in the NH primary. He beat R-Money in my town and a lot of other NH towns that aren’t simply suburbs of MA or what I like to call ‘real NH’ as opposed to MA lite.

    I think that is evidence that the ideas are popular here. I’m a native and was raised to believe this way without ever having a label for it or digging into the principles and philosophy. Thanks to the fine folks in the FSP, and the greater libertarian movement, I’ve since been able to define it.

    You sound a lot like Rep Chase. Any chance you moved here from big gov’t state, as well? MA maybe?

    I would like to add that I wish these folks would stop moving here from their big gov’t states because NH is pretty or nicer or whatever. They come here because it’s better then they vote to reduce it to just another MA or NY. You folks already ruined your states, don’t ruin this one too. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results was defined as insanity by Einstein.

  10. Except that the FSP isn’t trying to “make” NH into anything. At most, the FSP is trying to /un-do/ the changes that others have moved here and made.

  11. Well, I was born here, and while there are exceptions to any rule, the strong majority of FSPers I know are terrific people — tolerant of other people’s personal and financial decisions, and willing to defend the rights and liberties of others.

    If I want anyone to leave, it’s busybodies like Ms. Chase and Ms. Edwards. They’re the ones who won’t leave me alone.

  12. She has the right to put me on a list like a Nazi because that gives me the right to put her on the end of a rope after a trial. I hope she gains support. .

  13. I wonder where Chase came from, she doesn’t talk like a native New Hampshirite. NH natives are fearcefully independent and believe in our state motto “Live Free or Die”. I invite Chase to return to whatever socialist state she came from.

  14. I just learned this pig is a carpet bagger from Rhode Island who arrived in 2006. GO HOME YOU PIG. My family has been here 10 generations and I know we didn’t invite you to come here.

  15. The writer is an idiot


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