Ridley to Hold Secession Protest at Manchester Federal Building Sunday

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Secession NOW!

Dave Ridley of the Ridley Report has put out a press release announcing a secessionist “DC-out-of-NH” protest scheduled for Sunday evening, June 26th at 6pm at the Norris Cotton federal building at 275 Chestnut St. in Manchester. A litter pickup will be happening in the immediate area from 5-6p with the protest starting at 6pm. He says supporters of the Foundation for NH Independence or NH autonomy in general are welcome to attend. He’s made an event for it on facebook here. Here’s Ridley’s explanation as to the motivations of the event:

During the last seven decades, New Hampshire has suffered over a dozen wasteful, sadistic DC administrations. Each have misruled and weakened us from their distant swamp, providing taxation in return for little more than a pretense of representation. Not one of these has left office with a smaller government than it inherited. Accountable in name only, Washington has used our money to undertake abuses ranging from medievalist torture chambers in Afghanistan to the confiscation of lawfully borne firearms in New Orleans. They have turned our rivers orange and seas black. More recently and locally, they have arrested or helped prosecute various edgy-but-harmless New Hampshirites…from the colorful pot guru Rich Paul to Rochester Bundy supporter Jerry DeLemus.


Now, we face the specter of domination by one of two tyrants, either full of ominous promise, both positioned to be uniquely authoritarian figures in our history. It’s time to discuss an “outside the box” alternative, one that does not hope to fix or operate upon the rotted Federal system…one which, rather, harnesses that rot as a source of fuel for escape. Independence from the U.S. is a contentious concept, but its chances of eventual success seem better than those of the hapless third parties and liberty PACs. Reuters reports that 24% of Americans already want their states to leave the union.


There’s no good reason for NH to remain inside the Federal Titanic. The bad reason most commonly cited is usually something along the lines of “they’ll hurt you.” There’s truth in this, but threats and fear of retaliation are reasons for us to leave, not reasons to stay. And the path to independence is not necessarily complex. It is already underway. In 2012, the NH State House passed HR25…which reads:


“…all compulsory federal legislation that directs States to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or that requires States to pass legislation or lose federal funding are prohibited.”


Washington is in continual violation of at least the spirit of this resolution; Fed funding/withholding is at the core of its control over states. So some of us would like state reps to take the next step, perhaps drawing up a declaration of independence or simple bill that would peaceably end Washington rule here. This would need to be submitted multiple times before winning. But it’s the move which strikes at the root, rather than the branches, of the misrule we suffer. Even in “failure to pass,” independence drives partially succeed. Scotland and Quebec are treated more cautiously by their central governments because they have strong (technically unsuccessful) autonomy movements. London and Ottawa hesitate to commit abuses in those areas for fear the restless provinces will become breakaway nations. Developments in the U.S. Federal system are a reminder: If we want to be treated cautiously, we need a growing independence movement here as well.

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  1. This is rather amusing.  A protest consisting of a couple of freekeeners in front of a federal building that will be closed. Good luck with that lolol

  2. Jumping Jacks

    Why is the Fed building closing? 

    Is that radical secessionist Maggie not only disobeying the federal controlled drug schedule that her state STILL uses to jail people, now she’s kicking the feds out of “her” state ?  <smirk>

    Maybe when Maggie runs for federal office somebody should ask her why as governor of NH she sold weed thru her state weed stores, ignoring the federal drug schedule in that instance, but then hypocritically she still uses the federal drug schedule as the NH controlled drug schedule to continue to jail people? 

    You remember the federal controlled drug schedule right Jacks ? That’s the one the state said they use after somebody caught them lying when it was discovered they hadn’t formed or published  their own NH published controlled drug schedule according to their own laws.  Of course they don’t KNOW their own laws, which makes it even funnier.

    Sounds like a pretty precarious and contradictory legal stance Maggie’s farm is using to herd the sheep. On one hand the state tells the public, “here’s the list of illegal stuff (pointing at the federal schedule) then they ignore parts of it.    

    A defendant would have a pretty good “void for vagueness” argument, except lawyers won’t go there, cuz their pepe’s will get slapped for challenging the hypocrisy.

  3. WEEDA CLAUS Jumping Jacks I can’t believe you wrote all that crap that means nothing. Federal buildings are closed on Sundays.  Whine and complain all you want about Maggie Hassan. She is favored to win the next election and has a very high approval rating.

  4. Jumping Jacks  Anyone inside wouldn’t pay attention anyway, they’re trained and practiced at ignoring people. I think the point is the people on the outside and a federal building makes for a good backdrop, as well as provides context.

  5. Jumping Jacks WEEDA CLAUS

    Well, you’re kind of right, in the sense that the laws are meaningless to them. 

    Following their own law was too hard, so they pointed to the federal law when they realized they’d been caught not knowing and not following the NH law they’d ignored.    

    Now, they ignore the federal law too.       

    Maggie versus Kelly Ayotte.    Which one is the shit sandwich and which one is the turd salad again?

  6. eglove Jumping Jacks Those I voted for are doing the job I expect them to. If you don’t vote, your voice will not be heard. The politicians do not ignore the people. Those are you’re words and they are made up.

  7. WEEDA CLAUS Jumping Jacks No one is ignoring federal laws. You are creating a mind set that doesn’t have a reality. Maggie Hassan is great and she will more than likely be re-elected.

  8. Jumping Jacks WEEDA CLAUS

    Well, now I want to smoke some of that stuff you’re puffing on.

    The FEDs have marijuana as a schedule I  drug.   That means the state of NH, which alleges to have adopted the federal schedule as their own (after they were caught not having their own) uses the Fed schedule to bust people for “controlled drugs”, then they conveniently ignore ignore it so they don’t have to bust themselves.    

    So, it appears people haven’t been informed of exactly what is and what isn’t a “controlled drug” in New Hampshire.

  9. Jumping Jacks eglove

    It would be wonderful if politicians ignored people rather than acting like they own them.

  10. Jumping Jacks eglove

    No Jacks. Politicians do ignore the people. They ignore those people who didn’t vote for them (and often the ones that do). Hasn’t it occurred to you, Jacks, that if none of the candidates offered represent a voter’s interests, then why should that voter vote for any of them?

  11. Jumping Jacks Oh boy… someone isn’t paying much attention.

  12. No Jacks, no.

  13. GGGMAN  Jumping Jacks Are you sure that you don’t want to spend a little time on your own reexamining your opinion on this subject, Jacks? Why, even Michael here is willing to publicly admit that you’re wrong about this. Wait! I have a capital idea! I wonder if you’d alter your opinion on this matter if we all took a vote on it? Are you game for that, Jacks?

  14. WEEDA CLAUS Jumping Jacks Marijuana is a schedule 1 drug.

  15. Drac Vermell Jumping Jacks eglove No, the politicians do not ignore the public. You are lying as usual

  16. eglove Jumping Jacks It would appear that “someone” is you

  17. Jumping Jacks Drac Vermell eglove  Insular policymaking is the norm in political circles, Jacks, especially in Washington. Do you think that unpopular legislation like the USA PATRIOT or the PPACA would have gotten passed otherwise?

    And really, Jacks, an accusation of dishonesty from you? You know that isn’t going to give you the slightest bit of leverage in any discussion with me. You don’t want me to tell you the reason why again, now do you sweetie?

  18. Jumping Jacks WEEDA CLAUS

    Maybe it could lost in the shuffle and got put on the “no fly list” instead?

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