This Week in Concord – Cannabis Legalization, NH Independence

The author is a New Hampshire state representative committed to advancing the cause of liberty

This week there are a number of bills scheduled for their public hearings that affect many Granite Staters. All of the hearings on these bills are open to the public but the hearings on these bills this week will be the only chance for members of the public to give testimony until the bills crossover to the Senate. I strongly recommend attending any of these committee hearings if you are able. [Read more…]

This Week in Concord – New Hampshire Legislative Review

The author is a New Hampshire state representative committed to advancing the cause of liberty

This week there are a number of bills scheduled for their public hearings that affect many Granite Staters. All of the hearings on these bills are open to the public but the hearings on these bills this week will be the only chance for members of the public to give testimony until the bills crossover to the Senate. I strongly recommend attending any of these committee hearings if you are able. [Read more…]

“Lifer” Syndrome

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I’ve been told I should run for office. They say I’d be a great public servant, that my poise and eloquence would serve the legislature well. “You should run.” “When are you running?” “You’d be great!”

Well, it’s not happening. I’m not going into so-called public service again. It’s over. I’m done. You know why? Because I used to care too much.

Call it “lifer syndrome.” I owe that term to a friend of mine and former military policeman, now an anarchist who has gotten into many confrontations for protesting war. While reminiscing on the good old days in the service, he casually mentioned that he used to be so dedicated, so enthusiastic, so hardcore that everyone assumed he was a “lifer,” or someone who would be in the military for the rest of his life. It certainly came as a surprise to many people when he left and turned his life in the complete opposite direction. Not to me, though.

You see, that’s the problem with passion: it’s sincere to a fault. And that sincerity has no tolerance for a corrupt and phony way of life. An unenthusiastic person can maintain a low level of faith and support in a system based on lies, trudging along in mediocre monotony for a lifetime. For a passionate person, living a lie is absolutely not sustainable. They will believe it with all their heart, put the entirety of their physical and emotional resources behind its advancement, and then will invariably come face to face with just how wrong they were. An ember can smolder endlessly under a pile of false promises, but a bright flame burns through them all in short order.

My friend fought for freedom so hard that he came to the inescapable conclusion that it wasn’t about that at all. Similarly, I worked my butt of during my time inside the political system, and subsequently burned out, because I cared too much.

So don’t try to get me back into politics. I’m a lifer. I was too honest to stay in it. And if you cared at all, you’d get out too.

Never Trust a Politician with Stupid Hair

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Don’t be afraid to judge a book by its cover, or a politician by his hair. Both can reveal a surprising amount about the content of their object’s character.

No, I’m not kidding: if a politician has stupid hair, you absolutely should NOT trust them. Here’s why:

The political world has a very rigid code for appearance. You have to wear a dark suit with either a blue or red tie, and either a white or light blue undershirt. Even when going for the “man of the people” look you have to wear a blue tucked-in dress shirt with rolled up sleeves, i.e. a look that no actual man of the people has ever adopted. Beards are far too savage, and therefore off limits. Mustaches are a no-no; what are you, Freddie Mercury or Joseph Stalin? This leaves only a limited range of neat hairstyles as the sole outlet for self-expression. Therefore, it’s entirely acceptable to judge who a political candidate is based on their hair. [Read more…]