Liberty in Our Lifetime: Get Off the Couch, You Lazy

Are you sick and tired of the government telling you what you can and cannot do with your own body and in the privacy of your own home?

Are you sick and tired of the government taking your money and spending it on programs you don’t agree with that don’t work anyway?

There finally is something you can do about it.

I’ve been meaning to do this for quite a while, and finally did it tonight. And that’s part of the problem: We as Americans have become apathetic. We hear about the government getting bigger and more invasive, and we shrug our shoulders, say “What can I possibly do?” and go back to watching TV.

Far from being lovers of liberty dedicated to keeping America the land of the free, we have become a nation of couch potatoes who only become upset enough to do something when FOX cancels our favorite TV program.

That must change. And it starts with you. Or in my case, me. So today I finally signed up for the Free State Project.

Once in New Hampshire, the 20,000 or more true lovers of liberty will work to cut the government down to a more appropriate size. If you have been sitting on the fence, waiting to see how it comes out before you sign up, what the hell are you waiting for? How it comes out is up to you. Are you going to sit there and complain about the government endlessly, or until they come and cart you away, or are you going to do something about it?

Signing up for the Free State Project isn’t the only thing I did tonight. Radio talk show host and occasional HoT contributor Ian Bernard thought that people weren’t signing up quickly enough, so he created the First 1000 Pledge. People who sign the First 1000 Pledge agree to move to New Hampshire by December 31, 2008, as long as 999 others also agree.

Tonight I also signed the First 1000 Pledge. And I intend to move to New Hampshire whether 1,000 other people do or not.

What are you doing to work for liberty? What’s stopping you from joining the Free State Project? Do you even believe in liberty?

(This post orginally appeared at Homeland Stupidity. But Ian has managed to convince me, probably without realizing that’s what he was doing, that this needs much wider distribution. Enjoy!)

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  • ianbernard

    I did not create the First 1000 pledge, I was just the first signer. Thank you for signing, Michael, see you in NH.

  • Will

    welcome aboard.

  • Michael Hampton

    Thanks, guys. And Ian, maybe one of these days I’ll actually manage to call in to the show instead of e-mail bombing you. :)

  • ianbernard

    If you are sitting on the fence, sign the First 1000:
    http://www.pledgebank.com/first1000

    If you sign now and ask a few Liberty loving friends to sign too, we’ll make 1000 signers by Fall.

    Welcome to the Second American Revolution. Get off the couch. Vote with your feet. Resist. Refuse. Dissent.

  • Michael Hampton

    Ian, look very closely and you’ll find my name somewhere near the bottom. It appears someone actually did sign up after I did!

  • Stephen Gordon

    It’s interesting looking at the pledge signer list. I know a great deal of the people on it. While I strongly support the FSP, I’m not a member (the having to move thing). But I know I will be visiting NH often — if only to visit my friends there.

  • http://freestateproject.org Seth

    Stephen, our social gatherings (such as a recent wedding) already have more libertarians than most state conventions see. The ‘Liberty Ladies’ present at the wedding posed for a picture at the wedding, and I suspect you’d have a hard time putting that many liberty-focused women together outside of the national convention. These aren’t just ‘spouses’, either, almost of all these women are active, included elected office, and/or major positions in a variety of orgs.

    New Hampshire is the place to be. And we have fun too…

  • W Marriott

    My problem with FSP is that NH is not a right to work state; therefore, I would have to change careers to pay the bills. I may do it, but the career change is a huge commitment. I will not do the alternative to keep my current (telecom) occupation there. A union, in my mind, would be just another entity between me and my earnings… and I would not like the cut in pay, since I am accustomed to earning more than union scale.

    I think a visit to NH, especially during (what is it called?) Libertyfest may motivate me to risk a change in occupation. I love the FSP idea and thrive on challenges.

  • ianbernard

    Our challenge is to restore Libery. What could be better than that? The FSP is the best shot we have.

  • http://freestateproject.org Seth

    W, Funny enough, there are _2_ bills before the NH House and Senate right now to make it a “right to work” state. And, some of us who have moved are working on supporting the bills. Many of us will be testifying today on the House bill, in the public hearing for it, which thanks to the unions sending everyone and their brother to attend to oppose it, has been moved from a double normal sized hearing room (big), to the full Representatives Hall (big enough for all 400 NH Reps to sit in during House Session, plus spectators).

    Rest assured, we’re doing everything we can… and visiting during PorcFest, or any other time, we’d be glad to talk about that, and the other hundreds of things we’re working on already, with a scant few hundred here now. Hope to see you in NH sooner or later, but hopefully sooner…

  • http://vanguardist Manuel Lora

    “Right to work”?!? That reeks of socialism.

  • http://vanguardist Manuel Lora

    (forgot the smiley face hehe) :P

  • Ian C

    I wish everyone whom participates in this measure the best of luck, and will honestly recommend it and get the word out as it were. Won’t be participating, though — I have discovered that politics doesn’t outweigh *cold* for me. I love my desert — and besides; for us to stay a “National” party *someone* has to be elsewhere than NH. :)

    (This is the Ian who has been posting *other* than Ian Bernard)

  • http://www.frankworley.com Frank Worley

    The biggest problem for liberty, is bringing those who believe in it together on the same page. So many of us are so diverse and so unwilling to compromise, that it is often an excersise in futility to try to get anything done.

    Frustration is the word of choice. I can’t move to New Hampshire, I’m happy to work for liberty but I also have to feed my family.

    I agree with you on apathy though, people get pissed about Chaney’s accident, which is really a NON STORY. But families loose their kids to the government all the time, and we sit passivly by. Homes are seized for drug laws and we do nothing. The list goes on.

    I share your frustration, I have worked for liberty, and honestly don’t know what else to do.

    Frank

  • http://www.Libertarian-International.org Michael Gilson-De Lemos {

    If you want to help liberty, develop pledged Libertarians inyour comunity–aiming at 1 per 100 regular voters–who understand the voluntary alternatives to government available.

    FSP is great, but they are not necessarily pledged Libertarians, though the NHLP is intereacting with them well, i understand..

    In Pinellas, Florida, we have bi-monthly pledge classes based on continuous if low-tech outreach, and are systematically bringing contacts into the LP. We;re seeing changes with a few hundred pledged Libertarians and supporters…5000 would be a powerful force of stability, let alone 20,000.

    Pledged people are the opinion leaders, come from the most intelligent and community leadrs, and are a prime source of capable volunteers andpeople in government. Anyone interested in what we’re doing can calle-mail me at gilsondelemos AT msn.com.

    I encourage the FSP people, but encourage local action as well.

  • http://blog.joseph-a-nagy-jr.us Joseph A Nagy Jr

    I’ve already signed up for the FSP. My fiancee and I are currently discussing making the move. She’s unsure about it, and I’m as gung-ho as I can be.

  • Capri

    New Hampshire has a statewide smoking ban ready for a vote? Asking the NH folks here.

  • Ethan Banks

    Hurry, you free-staters. It’s a tough economic and real-estate climate to move to, but if you’re of a mind, now it the time. NH needs more liberty-minded folks. The left-leaners are coming in from south of the border and bringing their entitlement mentality with them. If the demographic doesn’t shift back to “Live Free or Die”, a sales tax or income tax won’t be far off; the NH politicians will do something radical to “solve” the ongoing education funding debate. Craig Benson had libertarian leanings, and we couldn’t manage to re-elect him. So, come-on you 20,000. We need you.

  • Michael Hampton

    Here’s a radical idea. Sell the schools to the highest bidder, get out of education entirely, and let the free market take its course.

    I’m planning to be there in 2007, weather permitting.

  • Devious David

    Give the schools to the faculty. Let em sink or swim. If they are so good and there is such a demand for their services then they will do just fine.

    Living in Northern FL for a couple years, I got a good laugh at all the New Jerseyites moving down there. They left there and now that they down in FL, can’t wait to turn the place into Jersey. And then complain about it.

    Same is likely to happen to NH. Bostoneers leave to escape government, and then turn NH into what they escaped there for. I have to warn freestaters that when you begin to build critical mass, there is going to be some HORRIBLE and POTENT opposition to everything you stand for. When people’s entitlement that they rightly stole from you is threatened they are going to be VICIOUSLY statist, if even for statism’s spiteful sake in some cases. And that will be the indicator that you are reaching critical mass. Statists are tolerant only when they know that aren’t threatened in the least.

  • http://freestateproject.org Seth

    Capri: Yes HB1558 , and we’ve worked against it. Don’t think it’s likely to pass, but the anti-smoking forces are doing it ‘for the employees’… Not out of committee yet, so no idea which way the recommendation will go.

    Devious: there is already opposition. And support.

    Joseph: have your fiancee meet some of the many Liberty Ladies, and she’ll be convinced we’re not _all_ wild eyed weirdos.

    As for the few comments about cold weather… well, if you value warm weather and growing statism over a few cold months and helping freedom, that’s your choice. This winters been mild for most of it, with t-shirt weather for some of January and Feburary, and even the big snowstorms missing NH for the most part, hitting NY thru MA instead.

  • Michael Hampton

    I’m sitting here in Madison, Wisconsin, where the temperature this weekend hit 10 below, right after dropping a foot of snow on the city. I can’t think of any weather New Hampshire could throw at me that I can’t handle.

  • Stephen Gordon

    Michael – I didn’t know you were in Madison. What is your take on Ed?

    Seth — with respect to T-shirts? What about those of us who prefer topless?

  • Michael Hampton

    Stephen, Ed isn’t in this Congressional district, so I haven’t really paid much attention. On the other hand, I spend half my day within sight of the state capitol building, so I overhear a lot about local politics, and the occasional national politics, from my vantage point in the Starbucks across the street…

  • http://www.freeme.org Keith

    >I’ve already signed up for the FSP. My fiancee and I are >currently discussing making the move. She’s unsure about >it, and I’m as gung-ho as I can be.
    >Comment by Joseph A Nagy Jr — 2006-02-18 @ 3:09 am

    It is good to hear locals talk like this. I am signer 10 or 11. Yeah, freedom!

  • Devious David

    Seth, I don’t think you read what I have to say about what that opposition will become. Or you blissfully don’t understand what I meant. At best, when we are literally getting fried by the government that is sworn to protect us, statists that “disagree” with our getting fried will just shrug their shoulders.

  • http://freestateproject.org Seth

    David, I read it, I understood it. And my answer was simple: we already have “HORRIBLE and POTENT” statists working against us strongly in a variety of ways, but we also have NH native supporters working with us in a variety of ways. Yes, we aren’t at ‘critical mass’ yet… but already we’re seeing results.

  • Devious David

    Let me give you a better idea of what I am alluding to: Torches and pitchforks. Lynchings. Shootings. Arrests and kidnappings. Etc. You do not yet have horrible and potent opposition yet.

  • http://sethcohn.com Fisher

    I signed(well, typed and clicked) the First 1000…..and I hate the FSP.

    Seth, am I one of the -“HORRIBLE and POTENT” statists working against us strongly in a variety of ways- you speak of?

    Why do you tell people I filed a false police report on you?
    http://forum.soulawakenings.com/index.php?topic=2788.msg47895#msg47895

  • Don Duncan

    Before you move,you can create a free county in Loving county, TX. It’s simple, easy, and takes about one day. I did it. See: groups.yahoo.com/group/CRFL/
    Don