So far I have written about the 2018 candidates for Massachusetts, Utah, and New Jersey. It looks like Willard Romney did win that primary race in Utah for U.S. Senate. I hope the people of Utah can take a serious look at the Libertarian Party candidate, Craig Bowden. If you really believe in free markets and freedom of association, abolishing victimless crime laws, removing the U.S. from the UN and NATO and withdrawing troops and closing foreign military bases, then consider voting for Bowden and not the socialist globalist warmonger drug warrior Willard Romney.
But now I want to take a look at New Hampshire. Obviously I’ve been trying to promote Libertarian Party (or otherwise libertarian) candidates when I can. In New Hampshire, the “Live Free or Die State,” libertarians seem to be emphasizing bitcoin and marijuana legalization. But we need libertarians who “hate the State,” as Murray Rothbard would say. Libertarians who recognize the truth that the State is a criminal organization, especially the centralized racket in Washington.
The state primary election is September 11th. Incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, son of former New Hampshire governor (and George H.W. Bush Chief of Staff) John Sununu, is running unopposed.
But, regardless of which candidate will be the Libertarian Party nominee, there are big reasons to vote for the LP nominee, rather than either of the two Government Party statists.
Sununu is said to be a “conservative,” good on eliminating many regulations and reducing taxes, and good on “constitutional carry.” But he definitely turns outright socialist, in my view, on “increased funding by $57 million for the developmentally disabled community,” “greater healthcare access for veterans,” and “increased funding to provide better care for seniors,” according to his campaign website. And he’s pandering to Democrats on Medicaid expansion.
However, on the freedom side, Sununu signed a bitcoin-friendly bill, exempting Bitoin from money transfer regulations, according to Reason.
And he signed a bill legalizing recreational marijuana.
But what about other drugs? We know that drug prohibition in all forms doesn’t stop people from getting drugs. In fact, prohibition creates a black market that contributes to increased violent crimes associated with the underground drug market.
There is a moral case for drug freedom. And I don’t do drugs, by the way. I don’t even drink. But the government has no role in telling people what they may or may not put into their own bodies. If so, then the government owns your body, not you.
But here is where Sununu has gone waaayyy off the rails, and not only is he not “libertarian,” but he can’t even claim to be a conservative.
Sununu signed the “transgender rights” bill. So obviously, Sununu doesn’t grasp the importance of private property rights and freedom of association (and freedom of non-association).
And, as I wrote in this article, one can make a case (albeit a non-libertarian one) to ban discrimination based on race or gender even on privately owned property, but when it comes to this LGBT stuff, we’re talking about lifestyles, sexuality, and personality issues. The gender identity issue has nothing to do with how one was born such as one’s race or one’s sex. And as I wrote in that article, the social activists are working their way into attempting to force acceptance via legal compulsion, and now forcing access into others’ private lives and private property. So, with the LGBT activists, it’s getting personal, and much more intrusive!
Sununu stated that “If we really want to be the ‘Live Free or Die’ state, we must ensure that New Hampshire is a place where every person, regardless of their (sic) background, has an equal and full opportunity to pursue their dreams and to make a better life for themselves and their families.” Well, sure, Gov, but not on MY property. But he says no, I must associate with or allow onto my property someone who is confused about himself and his gender, or who rejects the gender as he was born and who claims to be someone of the opposite gender. I may NOT discriminate against this person.
In other words, Sununu believes that someone has a “civil right” to force others to associate with or allow onto one’s property those who are deeply confused and living a life of a lie.
The bottom line for me is (and the true libertarian answer to that is) that people have a right to discriminate for or against others and for any reason on their own private property. It doesn’t matter if the property is someone’s home or someone’s business, a hotel or restaurant or place of employment. If it is privately owned, then it is privately owned. It is not public property. No one has a right of access onto other people’s private property. Except they do have that right of access, via “civil rights” laws.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 should only have addressed public property and government-run functions, not private property and privately owned businesses and functions.
Now, regarding the libertarian non-aggression principle, which side is being the aggressor in these cases? The private property owner or business owner who doesn’t want to hire someone or doesn’t want to allow males in his gym showers designated for females? Or the rejected possible worker or gym customer who gets the armed force of government to compel the businessman to allow him in? We know the answer to that question. And that’s the bottom line.
The 1964 “civil rights” Act began the process of officially making private property really public property. It is only privately owned on paper.
And to say that someone’s reasons for discriminating against others are relevant, then we are really talking about thought crimes.
Sadly, two Libertarian Party state representatives voted for the transgender “civil rights” bill. One was Joseph Stallcop, who was elected in 2016 as a Democrat, and switched to Libertarian last year. The other one was Brandon Phinney. At the end of this post, I wrote this about Brandon Phinney:
The Reason article states that the new LP member, Brandon Phinney, works in the “Carroll County Department of Corrections.” Yech. You know, Brandon, it would help the libertarian cause if so-called, self-described “libertarians” didn’t have actual employment by the government. Especially being a part of the whole apparatus that locks up innocent people for disobedience, i.e. disobeying unjust laws inflicted by the nanny state, the police state, and the regulatory state. Can you find something less loathsome?
So, do those two “libertarians” and LP members in the New Hampshire state legislature want to be like Gary Johnson, who wants to force a Christian baker to have to do extra labor to serve the lesbian couple? And, like Gary Johnson, do they want to force a Jewish baker to bake a Nazi wedding cake?
But I digress. This is about the governor’s race right now.
Speaking of transgender-related thought-crimes legislation, Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law a ban of “conversion therapy” for transgender or sexual orientation. This is major league stuff, and I can’t believe that a governor of the “Live Free or Die” state is doing this. This law says that if a teenager is confused about his sexual orientation or gender identity and wants to become more what he think he should be, and wants to seek guidance from a professional therapist, then he may not do that, and the therapist can be disciplined by the state’s licensing authority.
“In this chapter, ‘conversion therapy’ means practices or treatments that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender. Conversion therapy shall not include counseling that provides assistance to a person undergoing gender transition, or counseling that provides acceptance, support, and understanding of a person or facilitates a person’s coping, social support, and identity exploration and development, including sexual-orientation-neutral interventions to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, as long as such counseling does not seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Thought crimes much, Gov. Sununu? Micromanaging and central planning much?
The social activists’ are succeeding in their push to legally force people into acceptance of certain lifestyles and acceptance of other people’s personal issues that others shouldn’t have to accept if they don’t want to!
And why did Sununu sign into law a bill that says private campgrounds and hotels must pay out $500 per bingo game or $2,000 for more then one game per day? “Shall not exceed”? Who is the state government to tell private bingo game venues they may not pay out more than a certain government-designated amount?
He might as well be a Democrat. Too bad he’s running unopposed in the primary.
Like most Democrats, the two Democrat candidates for governor, Steve Marchand and Molly Kelly, are typical Democrats. Think Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. You get the idea.
But there are two Libertarian Party candidates for governor.
Jilletta Jarvis is good on gun rights, asset forfeiture, and being against sending New Hampshire National Guard to the border. However, she is vague on immigration and seems to be against sanctuary cities. On education she seems to support the continuation of government schools, not a word about privatization and decentralization in education. And finally, she wants to “reform” occupational licensing for “fair and equal opportunity for entrepreneurship to all people.” “Reform”? Do you mean abolish licensure?
But not a mention of the libertarian non-aggression principle, self-ownership, private property rights, voluntary exchange, freedom of thought and conscience, or freedom of association there.
And Aaron Day, a former Republican, is the other LP candidate. Day has had several controversies, including being sued for defamation in his participation in displaying billboards which called three businessmen “heroin dealers” and extortionists. In the lawsuit, Day apparently settled the suit for over $1 million. His alleged co-conspirator Michael Gill, who didn’t settle, was a no-show at the trial, and then the jury decided to award plaintiffs $274.5 million for the billboard defamation.
Day may also have contributed to U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s losing her reelection bid to Maggie Hassan. Given just how bad Ayotte is on just about every issue, even though Hassan is a far-left loony, then I am glad Day was able to do that, if it’s true.
Aaron Day is apparently running against Sununu mainly because of the Medicaid expansion issue, but also the transgender rights issue.
But which one of the LP candidates could possibly have a chance to bring libertarian views to the attention of New Hampshire voters (and maybe even oust Sununu)? Day, with all his controversial baggage? Or Jarvis, who seems to be vague on some issues? Who knows?
New Hampshire is one of only 7 states in which the state’s attorney general is appointed by the governor, state legislature or state supreme court. So with the election of governor you get, at least in new Hampshire, the governor’s own crony for attorney general. Is there a Judge Napolitano in New Hampshire?