Thanks to two heroic state representatives, New Hampshire has now taken the lead nationally in the independence movement. Yesterday, five-term state rep Mike Sylvia filed the text of a constitutional amendment that would, if passed, declare independence from the United States:
“Are you in favor of amending the first part of the New Hampshire Constitution by inserting, after article 7, a new article to read as follows:
[Art.] 7-a. [Independent Nation.] New Hampshire declares itself as independent from the United States and peaceably, immediately proceeds as a sovereign nation. All other references to the United States in this constitution and state statutes and regulations are nullified.”
To pass, it must first receive over 60% of the vote in both the state house and senate. If it does, it will then be placed on the 2022 ballot and then must receive over 2/3rds of the vote to be enacted. If so, it goes into effect immediately. There would be no political games like with United Kingdom’s “Brexit” from the European Union, which took several years to hammer out after the vote. New Hampshire will instantly declare our independence and nullify all standing agreements with the federal government gang. Compare this to the thus-far unsuccessful attempts in other US states.
In recent years, secession movements around the country have sprung up and made headlines in California and Texas, but with very little legislative support. In Texas, a state rep filed a bill this year that if passed, would merely have placed a non-binding referendum on the ballot for Texas voters to register their opinion on whether the Texas legislature should begin an arduous process of figuring out how to leave the United States. This bill’s filing resulted in plenty of media coverage and discussion, however, it died before even receiving a committee hearing. A key reason that New Hampshire was chosen as the destination for the Free State Project is that EVERY bill gets a public committee hearing, no matter how much support it has from the state reps. Most states are like Texas, where it’s a political game whether a bill even gets a hearing.
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In California, a left-leaning group called “Yes California” has been trying for years to get an independence question on the ballot by gathering the hundreds-of-thousands of required signatures. If passed, the measure would require the legislature to declare independence from the US and become its own republic. So far, they have been unsuccessful despite garnering significant media coverage. Currently their website is offline, though their Twitter is still active. Even if they do get the question on the ballot and it passes, they may not survive the inevitable court challenge given the CA state constitution provides that California, “is an inseparable part of the United States of America.”
While I want to see both Texas and California exit the United States, it’s clear that with the filing of this constitutional amendment bill – called in NH a “CACR” or, “Constitutional Amendment Concurrent Resolution” – that New Hampshire has taken the clear lead in the race to see who will leave the union first. Plus, unlike California, the NH constitution clearly protects the “Right of Revolution” in Article 10 and “State Sovereignty” in Article 7 of the NH Bill of Rights.
Representative Sylvia, in an exclusive interview with Free Keene, had this to say on why he filed the proposed amendment, “The people of America have forgotten their history, if we take the time to look at our roots we can see that our constitutions have received ‘lip service’ for far too long. While I can not change the direction of the federal government, I can hold up the New Hampshire constitution and demand that we honor its clear directives. Article 10 reads in part, ‘whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government.'”
The 2018 liberty “Legislator of the Year” representative Sylvia is joined by freshman state rep from the Keene area, Matt Santonastaso as the co-sponsor of the amendment. Other state reps have been approached and have expressed support and a full list will be released when the amendment is assigned a CACR number and moves onto a committee.
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The process is just beginning, with Sylvia submitting the proposed text to NH Legislative Services on Monday. It may take several weeks for them to officially draft the CACR and send it back to Sylvia for final approval. It then is assigned to a committee which will then hold a public hearing sometime in early 2022. What happens from there is up to the committee and will largely depend on how much public support the amendment receives at its hearing.
Even if it doesn’t pass this time, it will get many conversations started about the evil federal government and why peacefully declaring independence is the best solution. Minds will be persuaded and changed. Many media and political attacks will be brought against us, as the power-seekers will be desperate to keep the status quo. Potential migrants to New Hampshire will be energized and make-the-move.
To help the movement, you can contact your local state reps in support of the amendment, connect with other supporters online, and more. Visit the “How You Can Help” page on NHexit.us for a full list of ideas.
Libertarian NH Boogaloo Boys Demonstrate Outside NH State House
American mainstream news media has been reporting this weekend on the massive buildups of armed government goons at state houses across the United States. Expecting massive armed demonstrations of Boogaloo supporters, some of the state gangs locked down their capitol areas completely while others, like New Hampshire, took it easy and only had state troopers parked around and walking the state house property in pairs. By comparison, the New York Times said Massachusetts’ capitol had hundreds of officers wearing helmets and carrying batons.
However, around the country, barely anyone showed up. Some liberty activists said they wouldn’t attend because they believed the events were federal honeypots designed to gather information about freedom-lovers. Others foolishly believed that exercising their right to bear arms would mean their rights would be more likely taken from them. Luckily, in New Hampshire, five Boogaloo Boys showed up with rifles front slung. They were well-spoken and self-described as Libertarian, with one even talking about the Non Aggression Principle to the large number of reporters that were present.
One Boogalooer even educated the media people on gun safety and basics, with the photographers crazily shooting pictures when the Boogaloo Boy showed a magazine loaded with bullets. The news media was informed on the history of the Boogaloo – the name is based on the Eighties breakdancing movie “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo”, with the members describing their group as a real-life meme. They also explained the origin of their Hawaiian shirt dress code, which came about after social media sites started to crack down on any groups referencing Boogaloo. The social media crackdown on the term forced them to use code words that were similar, like “Big Igloo” or “Big Luau”, which naturally led to the shirts.
Peaceful secession from the United States is something I’ve promoted this year at mask freedom rallies, Black Lives Matter, and now “Stop the Steal”. I had attended such a rally last weekend, which is heavily attended by Trump supporters, with the intention of handing out flyers for the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence.
I successfully handed out flyers to the bulk of the crowd and they were near-universally well-received. Then I was given the opportunity to speak. Though I was surrounded by pro-America speakers, I reminded the large crowd that even if Trump somehow wins, he won’t stop the government from stealing, that the federal gang is evil, and taxes are theft.
America has failed, I told them. I was not booed off the stage. They surely know it’s true. The point was to plant the seed that it’s time New Hampshire secedes again and says goodbye, peacefully, the United States of America.
Over the weeks running up to the election, desperate pro-police supporters have been stealing Aria DiMezzo for Sheriff campaign signs from around Cheshire county. DiMezzo reports over 150 signs – over half of the approximately 250 signs she had out – have been stolen at a cost to her of over $1,000. Keene Police have received reports from people who witnessed some of the brazen thefts. At Tuesday’s general election, she was defeated by incumbent sheriff Eli Rivera. According to the wildly inaccurate numbers from the Secretary of State, 17% of voters chose DiMezzo, but we’re not real sure how over 7,000 votes were registered for Rivera in Westmoreland where there are not even 1,700 people supposedly living there. So it’s likely her real results were closer to 20%.
It’s ironic that the police supporters, who surely would describe themselves as “law and order” people, are committing theft and potentially facing up to a year in jail per sign stolen and up to $1,000 fines. If the amount stolen hits over a thousand dollars, felony theft charges are possible. DiMezzo however did not call the police regarding the thefts, opting instead to post surveillance video of two of the criminals from outside her church parsonage on Route 101 in Keene. You can see those videos here and here. If you can identify the men in the videos, please contact Aria.
Yard Signs Available via Aria4Sheriff.com
On October 10th, Keene Police’s James Cemorelis reached out to Aria regarding a man in a grey truck witnessed stealing multiple DiMezzo campaign signs in Keene, asking for her personal information for a report he was working on. She declined to provide the information, telling him she did not wish to pursue charges, though she did confirm the takings were unauthorized and said the attack had affected nearly every sign of hers on the highways and even some private property, finally thanking Cemorelis for his great work. Cemorelis subsequently has closed the investigation.
Hers is probably the most successful pro-liberty campaign to happen so far due to the New Hampshire Freedom Migration. While others have been elected across New Hampshire, none of them had the major media coverage DiMezzo received including multiple international press outlets and over forty interviews including multiple leftist podcasts. It’s likely many millions of people became aware of DiMezzo and her principled pro-liberty message of police accountability. It was the perfect campaign for the year 2020 where more people are paying attention to the criminal, corrupt, and violent acts of the police and she was the ideal candidate. All the right things came together at the right time. Thank you to everyone who helped with publicizing her message. Stay tuned here to Free Keene to see what she decides to do next. Also, if you haven’t read the excellent posts on her blog, I recommend them. She is also selling autographed leftover campaign signs, so get yours before they are sold out!
Dozens gathered over the weekend in Concord, NH in front of the state house, to mourn the loss of countless businesses and individuals who fell victim to the government gang’s crackdown on freedom in the name of COVID-19. Here are highlights from the speakers at the candlelight vigil: