The Live Free or Die state
I guess that depends who you have been talking to. Just a few days ago, the updated versions of 101 Reasons to Move to NH was published. Check it out and show it to your dad maybe now or in a few weeks when it will be a pdf file, http://www.freestateproject.org/101Reasons
Originally Posted by BuddyRey
That's ridiculous. I don't know where you live but here is Manchester, NH compared to one of the warmest parts of VA, http://forum.freestateproject.org/in...?topic=18455.0
He's utterly convinced that NH must be at least 10 below 0 for 8 out of 12 months, and full of cranky, big-city northerners.
The largest city in NH has 110,000 people. The largest city in ME is about the same size. The largest city in VT has around 35,000 people. It's true that Boston is only 35 minutes from the NH border, but there are no big cities in Northern New England.
NH ranges from smooth beaches to Mt Washington (the windiest place on Earth). I live in a mountain valley and love it.
I keep trying to explain to him that New Hampshire is vastly different from northeastern urban centers like New York or Washington, D.C., and that it has an extremely versatile topography and geography ranging from bustling cities and small towns to rural homesteads and rocky beaches, but he just won't believe me.
That happened to some of the noobs. I never expected Ron Paul to come anything close to winning. That didn't stop me for campaigning for him in four states, donating money and leading my local meet up group, though. It was about spreading the message to me, and I think Ron Paul has done a great job doing that.
He's a terrific guy and incredibly supportive, but he's got such a defeatist and nihilistic attitude sometimes. He was incredibly invested in the Ron Paul campaign and felt terribly let down by his failure.
As you now know, I do a lot of political stuff, much of it successful. I'm also involved in a lot of non-political stuff. I think several different methods are needed but the key isn't the type of activism, it's how well it is done and the amount. That's why concentration is so important.
Another contributing factor to this defeatist mentality, in my opinion, is that he seems to believe that the only path to liberty is through the political means, when some of the greatest Free State victories have been with civil disobedience and market-based activism.
There is a big Live Free or Die Festival in Jaffery, NH from August 21st to the 23rd - it's a vendor, speech, band and camping type of thing. You and your dad might want to visit that or the 2010 Liberty Forum in a hotel in Nashua, NH. Give NH a try and talk to the folks. If you decide to come, hit me up first and I'll give you a good welcome.
Sorry, I don't mean to ramble. It's just that I've never had the chance to ask an actual Free Stater about the experience.
I'm from western TN and just moved to NH last summer. I've traveled around the nation a little so I did not find anything shocking about NH. I'm not a big fan of the Boston accent but it's not common in NH outside of a few towns near the MA/NH border. I've lived in Southern states my whole life and I hated the heat so I'm very happen about the cooler weather.
Are you from the New England area originally, or were you one of the "globe-trekkers"? Was the move shocking on any level, cultural, familial, or climatological?
Any more questions, feel free to ask!