Will secessionists succeed in New Hampshire?
The crazies are knocking at the statehouse door
The libertarians-gone-wild wing of the New Hampshire Republican Party has played the secession card by filing a state constitutional amendment in the legislature to peaceably declare independence from the United States and become a sovereign nation. Yes, you heard that right.
New Hampshire requires a public hearing for all proposed constitutional amendments, so of course, there was one last week. I can imagine the spectacle at the legislative offices. Libertarian winter soldiers and sunshine patriots wearing tricorner hats picketing and singing the New Hampshire version of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” I am not making this stuff up.
The only reason to pay this any attention is to point out how dysfunctional Republicans are becoming. Do not underestimate the number of folks under the conservative banner who are lock, stock, and barrel tilting at windmills Don Quixote style. The targets are mask and vaccine mandates and stolen elections, instead of windmills.
It is insulting to our common heritage to speak of a New Hampshire secession in the same manner as our southern states exit resulting in our Civil War. Masks and vaccinations during a pandemic cannot compare to slavery and abolition.
Let’s be serious. The coterie of libertarian activists spawning political gorilla tactics like secession knows that it is never going to happen. Sadly, I have actually voted for some of these folks. I thought they were serious folks with good conservative values, but times and tactics have changed. These days seriousness is out and grandstanding is in.
This latest stunt is a play for attention with the goal of taking over the state GOP agenda. If enough of the libertarian Republicans vote in the primary elections, then traditional Republicans and right-leaning independent voters will be saddled with a choice between Trumpy candidates and liberal opponents in the general elections.
Renny Cushing, Democrat House Minority Leader and long-time activist, characterized the secession amendment as follows in a press release:
Republican lawmakers are so caught up in their disdain for America that they seem to think Granite Staters share their contempt for our country. This proposal to secede from the United States is the most unpatriotic piece of legislation I have ever seen come through the New Hampshire House
I’ll bet a few Republican legislators agree with Cushing. Maybe it is time to start hearing from them too.
If the state legislators behind this amendment really believe that the governor is a tyrant, elections are rigged and that masks and vaccines infringe on our liberty, then they should immediately resign their seats. I will not hold my breath waiting for that to happen.
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