Friday, September 28, 2012

Carpetbagger in Costume

Meet Michael Garcia. He's running as a Democrat, in Hillsborough District 34.

Members of the Free State Project became as popular as herpes during the 2011-2012
NH legislature, where they danced to the tune of Speaker O'Brien and helped him advance his radical right agenda. All of the FSP members who ran in 2010 ran as Republicans, and none of them disclosed their FSP affiliation to their constituents.

The FSP'ers all claim to be PROUD to be part of the Free State Project, but they get mighty defensive about having to disclose their affiliation. It's not a political party they say. We don't all agree on everything, they say. The simple truth is they know they aren't as popular or as welcome as they claim. They also know that if they were to disclose their FSP affiliation to voters, that they'd never get elected.

Since the FSP popularity is especially questionable in light of their fealty to O'Brien, in 2012, they've adopted a different plan. Members of the FSP are running for the legislature again, but at least 3 of them are running as Democrats. One of them is Michael Garcia, from the video above.

Garcia is no Democrat. He's spouting the same sloganese that is the language of the FSP. (freedom, liberty, sovereign citizens, etc.)  This  is a person who is pretending to be a Democrat in order to get elected. This is a carpetbagger in costume.

A reminder from the original Free State Manifesto written by Dr. Jason Sorens, the founder of the FSP. Sorens - a man so bitterly opposed to all things public that he teaches at the State University of NY at Buffalo.

Once we've taken over the state government, we can slash state and local budgets, which make up a sizable portion of the tax and regulatory burden we face every day. Furthermore, we can eliminate substantial federal interference by refusing to take highway funds and the strings attached to them. Once we've accomplished those things, we can bargain with the national government over reducing the role of the national government in our state. We can use the threat of secession as leverage to do this. 

That's what the Founder of the FSP has in mind for NH. In a state that has the 11th worst infrastructure in the nation, not taking highway funds is certainly an audacious plan. Some might even go so far as to call it a painfully stupid plan.

In any case, as one might guess,  Sorens hasn't moved to NH. He's still busy teaching at the publicly funded university. Sorens was funded for years by the Mercatus Institute, which was founded by Charles Koch of Koch Industries.

This CounterPunch  story is full of all manner of revelations about where the FSP really comes from. More right wing baloney, packaged with the freedumb label, and washed down with libertea.

Given the deceptive nature of the FSP grifters, be sure to check out every single candidate of both parties this year before you vote.


Julia Riber Pitt said...

The simple truth is they know they aren't as popular or as welcome as they claim.

And every time I've brought this fact up with free staters, they flat-out deny it.

susanthe said...

Absolutely right, Julia. They are so brainwashed that they've become hearing impaired. "We're all Free Staters now!"

Their brand of evangelical zeal is very similar to that of rabid Christians, another band who can't hear anything bad about themselves - AND - can explain away and rationalize ANYTHING.

Anonymous said...

OMG - it's the KKK under the guise of "free dumb". But here's the underlying reality. These idiots are not the only group spouting breaking away from the Union. Many right wing Christian southern and western groups are using the same threatening language. I'll say it again. We're headed toward another civil war. It won't be a Spring though, it will be the end. Hopefully it won't be in our lifetime but the signs are around us.

Peadar said...

Tim O'Flaherty in Hillsborough-12 is another one. I want to know why the Committee to Elect House Democrats sat around and allowed this to happen.

susanthe said...

I don't have a good answer to that, Peadar - but it seems that the NHDP invested all of their time and energy ensuring that Hassan won the primary, while expending no energy whatsoever on the legislature.

Anonymous said...

Where's my miracle??
Jesus turned water into wine. I want a miracle too.
Perhaps the modern prophet should get a modern miracle::Turn sugar into cocaine. I'd hear from my sister then. "We're having a party. Come on down. All my friends will be there." Yea, I bet.
Such believers in casual drug use. Did we do any hard drugs this weekend?

susanthe said...

Oh, dear. That sounds like vintage Libertarian Whine; the NH varietal.