Ian’s Speech At the First NH Gubernatorial Debate (Hassan Chickens Out)

Tuesday evening, I had the pleasure of being able to speak for up to ten minutes in front of the first New Hampshire gubernatorial debate. There will be no democrat debate, since both of the other democrat candidates refused to respond to the invitation from Franklin Pierce University. I’m grateful to the organizers at FPU for the opportunity to speak despite the other candidates’ absence.

It’s kind of surreal to watch a voluntarist (me) speak truth to power about the criminal state while standing in front of that very state’s flag (gang insignia), yet, it actually happened:

(And only possible in New Hampshire.)

Here’s the speech in written form:

I’m Ian Freeman and I’m one of the chairs of the New Hampshire Liberty Party, running as a Democrat in the primary against Maggie Hassan. I’m here at the republican debate with the privilege talking to you today because Maggie Hassan refused to debate me.

Politicians are a cowardly, cruel bunch, aren’t they? Maggie Hassan for instance, refused to sign the medical cannabis legislation until home grow provisions were removed. Because of her, sick people who grow plants are considered criminals in New Hampshire and can be imprisoned for years. To me, Maggie Hassan and the others who support prohibition are the criminals.

Maybe that’s one reason why she doesn’t want to debate. It’s probably pretty embarrassing to be called out as a criminal in public, when it’s your job to make gang activity look legitimate.

Isn’t that ultimately what “the state” is? Now, I’m not talking about the land, mountains, lakes, forests, and good people of NH. I’m talking about the people calling themselves the government – they’re really just a criminal gang. You will do as you are told, or else they will hurt you, put you in a cage, or possibly kill you. Some of them claim that there is a “social contract” that excuses their behavior, but I don’t recall signing anything like that, do you?

Not only did you not sign this alleged “social contract”, but even if you did, what would be the terms? The definition of “citizen” is one who owes a duty of allegiance in return for an obligation of protection. Well, what if I told you the government, at all levels, has no obligation to protect you?

Don’t take my word for it – take the word of the supreme court – in case after case. Just take a moment to google “no obligation to protect” and you’ll find Warren Vs. DC and other cases where it’s made pretty clear that no government at any level has an obligation to provide you with protection or any other services.

Just to be clear, I’m not saying your local police wouldn’t do their best to help you if you were in danger – many of them are good people. It’s just that there’s no obligation for them to do anything at all and there’s also next to no liability when they do something wrong. Of course, the higher up you go from local government, the less humane and empathetic they become.

In fact, even if I were elected to governor, I wouldn’t be able to swear the oath of office. The oath requires I swear allegiance to the United States government – the biggest criminal gang known to mankind. As a lover of liberty, I couldn’t swear such an oath. I could swear an oath to working to advance freedom, which is the opposite of what the government generally does.

Ideally, New Hampshire should declare independence from the United States Federal Government. The feds don’t do anything for us but steal from you, control you, and create terrorism by slaughtering people around the world. It’s time for the good people of New Hampshire to withdraw from the Federal Government. I recommend visiting the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence to learn more about how we can peacefully declare independence. Their website is nhindependence.org,

Politicians all have some vision for society that they want to force upon you whether you want it or not. For many democrats AND republican politicians, that means they want more government intrusion into your life. I think that’s the wrong way to go. Freedom is the answer, to any question. That’s why I’m one of the founders of the New Hampshire Liberty Party. You may ask why I’m running as a democrat, if I am part of the New Hampshire Liberty Party.

The primary reason is that it’s highly difficult for third parties to run for office in New Hampshire. The republicans and democrats have created ballot access requirements that unfairly restrict third parties like the Libertarians, Greens, and the New Hampshire Liberty Party from getting our candidates on the ballot. For instance, had I wanted to run under the New Hampshire Liberty Party, I’d have to have gotten 3,000 petition signatures statewide. Petitioning is hard work and if you want it done well, you have to pay people – usually one dollar per petition. Now the people at the elections office will attempt to disqualify as many petitions as possible, so you’ll probably need to collect 5,000 just to be safe. That’s $5,000 just to file for governor.. However, I could instead simply pay $100 to the secretary of state, as I did, and run as either a republican or a democrat. No signatures required.

The election system is discriminatory and unfair, so I chose to align myself with a major party for my run. I chose democrat so I could challenge Maggie Hassan and call her out on her lack of compassion toward cannabis users and encourage you, dear listener to seriously consider the idea of New Hampshire declaring independence.

Thanks for your attention and consideration.

Again, I’m Ian Freeman and I’m the pro-liberty candidate running for governor in the democrat primary. If you’d like to learn more about me and the New Hampshire Liberty Party, please visit nhliberty.info, that’s nhliberty.info

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