Thursday, March 02, 2006

Dude, where's my State?

I had to travel back from Boston to NH in late December and this has been bothering me ever since.

I grew up in New Hampshire. By grade one I learned all about General John Stark and our State Motto, which is "Live Free or Die". On my paternal side, my relatives helped settle the State in the late 1600's. I'm a Yankee girl for sure. And I used to be proud, proud that New Hampshire was proud...

But the sign that welcomes you to the New Hampshire coming from the south is not what it used to be. It used to be a big green sign saying "Welcome to New Hampshire" and underneath that: "Live Free or Die".

Now it says "Welcome to New Hampshire, a Great Place to Visit" or some such ridiculousness.

Dude, where's my State? Oh, right, it's become a suburb of Boston. That would be Massachusetts, where they elect Ted Kennedy and John Kerry....and ironically, whose State motto used to be: "Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem" translated to: "By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty."

The original colonies, it seems, have forgotten in large part how they got to be the States that they are...

10 Comments:

Anonymous man in black sweater said...

Live Free or Die...

9:47 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Indeed, Kerry. Northern New England has been overrun by the byproducts of Massachusetts. This part of the country used to have a tough, individualistic attitude and a fierce (but healthy) independence. That's been replaced by the soft social views favored by the transplants. These views have produced the nation's oldest, most taxed, and one of the poorest populations in the nation here in Maine. The only solution that the state government seems to be able to come up with is new, inventive ways to tax its citizens.

General Stark would spit on these fools.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Kerry,

I wonder if there isn't some inevitability surrounding all of this.

If Canada and much of Europe is falling into the "As long as I have my pension who cares if taxes are high enough to choke the economy?" attitude, can the United States of America avoid this kind of thinking?

We right of center Americans always like to brag about how our economy is less regulated compared to Europe's. True. But how long will it remain this way? Will Europe move more toward captialism, which has obviously succeeded, or will the USA move more toward socialism, which has obviously failed?

You would think that people and societies could learn from mistakes. But these days I'm not so sure.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

Mark,

While I do fear the creep of Socialism in this country, we should keep in mind that for now it's mostly a local phenomenon. We're getting it big time here in the northeast, but in many other places like say Texas or Florida, that are enacting free market policies that are working very well. Of course, the more socialized states tend to be losing population to the more free market ones, and this can't last forever. I'm hoping eventually the writing on the wall gets too big too ignore, and states like Maine figure out that there are states with similar populations/ resources that are kicking our butts in just about every measurable way. Still, the allure of the free ride will always be difficult to overcome.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Scott,

Yes. There are free-market experiments going on around the country. At the state level I am not too concerned because of the interstate competition, which you mentioned.

I am more concerned about government growth at the federal level.

Now, I go out of my way to give President Bush and the Republicans credit for often ignored "achievements" like not even holding congressional hearings on raising the minimum wage, tax reduction and host of other things that would pass if the Democrats controlled both houses of congress.

But the bigger picture bothers me.

4:27 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

Mark,

I agree about the bigger picture. I was listening to a local radio show this morning, and some tool was defending our governor saying that he inherited a deficit, and heroically didn't raise taxes, which was his only choice to bring the deficit down. That's the attitude on the national level that scares me; that cutting spending isn't even on the table any more. I fear that we may be past the point where the American electorate can handle ANY government service being lessened or taken away, unless of course it means cutting defense, which the lefties would surely love to do. I just picture our ancestors, as Kerry mentions above, traveling in a time machine to the present day. I'm sure they'd be horrified at how weak and dependent so much of the population has become, after they stuck their necks out to protect the very things that people are willingly giving away now.

8:32 PM  
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Anonymous My Blog said...

And I used to be proud, proud that New Hampshire was proud.

4:16 PM  

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