Free State Project

The Domestic Cold War

Joel Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. Previously he worked in Washington, D.C. in public policy for organizations such as the Leadership Institute, the Cato Institute, and the White House Office of Public Liaison. He studied Statesmanship at the undergraduate level and Global Affairs at the postgraduate level.

The battle lines are drawn. The great war between America’s government and her people fast approaches.

No, this isn’t some dystopian near-future science fiction scenario. This is present-day America we’re talking about. There’s a growing hostility between the U.S. government and certain incorrigible freedom-loving citizens, with the live-and-let-lives caught on the side of their more rowdy fellows, despite best efforts to bury their heads in the sand.

But where are all the battles? Where are the troops filling the streets? Where are the tanks rolling across the countryside, steamrolling all dissidents in their path? In waiting, that’s where. This isn’t a traditional armed conflict I’m predicting; at least, not yet. It’s a cold war. Each side is building up its record of hostile actions against the other, all stopping short of the point of no return.

First there’s the war over control of information. The degree to which the U.S government has pursued whistleblowers, leakers, and all those who would enforce transparency is worrisome, almost to the point of making the American people out to be some sort of sworn enemy. Almost. As the Bradley Manning trial showed, they will prudently stop short of making that overt declaration of war.

Paul does well in New Hampshire poll

Ron Paul, despite the near media blackout against him, continues to put up fairly solid numbers in various polls.  His showing in the Ames straw poll was all fine and good, but the Ames doesn’t necessarily speak for Iowa.  However, he’s making a respectable showing in a poll from the New Hampshire Journal.

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney remains in a commanding position in the first-in-the-nation primary state while Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes a strong first showing in the latest NH Journal survey conducted by Magellan Strategies.

Meanwhile, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann appears not to have experienced a bump from her victory at the Ames, IA straw poll conducted last weekend. In fact 84% of respondents said the Ames straw poll results have no impact on their decision to support a candidate.

On the ballot Romney remains in a strong position. He leads all candidates with 36% of the vote. However, Perry, making his first appearance in the NH Journal poll, debuts with a strong 18%. Ron Paul continues to impress despite relatively little media attention with 14%. And Bachmann earns 10%. All other candidates were in single digits.

The idea of Paul doing well in New Hampshire isn’t exactly a huge shock.  This is one of the most libertarian leaning states in the nation, the site for the Free State Project, so a libertarian candidate doing well isn’t exactly surprising.  However, for him to do it with so little media exposure, now that is pretty sweet.

It’s a shame that Gary Johnson isn’t making as big of a splash, but he has a few factors working against him, namely that so few folks even know who he is or what he stands for.

AP highlights Free State Project

The Associated Press is running a story on our friends in the Free State Project. In case you not familiar with the Free State Project, it’s part of the liberty movement that is trying to get 20,000 people to commit to moving to New Hampshire.

The article is surprisingly good and informative. Make sure to read it and also check out the FSP website to learn more about this part of the liberty movement.

Do You Live in a Free State?

My home state of Georgia is the 17th freeist state in the country according to Freedom In The 50 States, an index of personal and economic freedom produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

We actually do really well on economic liberty- we’re rated as the sixth most free economy in the country. Unfortunately, we’re near the bottom on personal liberty.

New Hampshire is the most free (no surprise there considering the Free State Project). New York is the least free.

You can check out the full study here.

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