Back in 2010 I wrote a piece on New Hampshire seceding from the Federal union and it was published on the New Hampshire Executive Council’s web site. Ten years have passed and we still have the seemingly endless federal screw-ups both domestically and in foreign policy. We still have government official’s malfeasance accruing on daily basis that seems never to be prosecuted. We have both parties (two sides of the same coin) actively working to subvert our Constitution and abrogating our Rights rather than any real fulfillment of their Oath of Office to “bear true faith” to the document that grants them the ‘limited’ authority to govern. We have the leftists non-acceptance of the 2016 election result, their attempted soft coup by way of impeachment, their minions, embedded in the federal bureaucracy thwarting every attempt to not just rout them out but even govern. Of late (summer 2020) the left’s shock troops, Black Lives Matter and the communist ATIFA terrorists demonstrating in major cities across our country over endlessly fabricated racial divisions, rioting, looting and initiating outright calls for violence. Rather than putting down these insurrectionists we have LEOs and FLEAs standing down instead rounding them up as the domestic terrorists thus, they are insuring that this country becomes ungovernable in its current configuration. Does anyone else (ANYONE?) see the handwriting on the wall here? There is no “E pluribus unum” or “Out of many, one” anymore. There is no “brotherhood~from sea to shining sea”, as was touted in the song ‘America the Beautiful’, anymore. Those platitudes are no longer applicable here in the US; they’re gone now and quite likely gone for good. Thus, responsible people need to start thinking about what comes next. I honestly believe it’s time to, again, seriously consider what secession might mean to New Hampshire or some confederation of states from a practical (adults-in-the-room) standpoint.
Facts are, with the breakdown of any cohesive set of ‘national’ values, the breakdown of any semblance of real ‘national’ unity and after what we’ve watched with the leftist democrats manifesting after the 2016 election, there won’t be a peaceful transition of power when the other party wins some future Presidential election. Just how many contested elections will the country go through before the anarchy we’re seeing today, in some of our cities, becomes the norm for ‘most’ of our cities? The nations borders aren’t borders anymore by any definition used by modern nation states. As such, illegals flow in with no end in sight. Illegals are issued Driver’s Licenses in many states. Illegals are allowed to vote, even hold political office in some places and our Senate votes to grant ‘illegals’ payments from your Social Security funds. Many are beginning to see that ‘The Republic’, like Elvis, has left the building. So, do we simply wait for the inevitable downfall of this country? Maybe we wait for ‘a sign’ like a repeat of the sacking of Rome but only this time Washington DC? No. As responsible adults, we need to start seriously exploring heading for the lifeboats. Perhaps Maine, Vermont (God help us :-)) and western New York might go with us were we to put our heads together on a real ‘plan’.
The first hurdle before New Hampshire boards those lifeboats and flees the ‘union’ is something called “normalcy bias” which is very real, seemingly forcing you to remain asleep. Wikipedia describes it thus:
“The normalcy bias, or normality bias, refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred then it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.”
This causes a condition know as “cognitive dissonance”. The theory of cognitive dissonance focuses on how humans strive for internal consistency and when inconsistency (dissonance) is experienced, individuals largely become psychologically distressed. Dissonance is aroused when people are confronted with information that is inconsistent with their beliefs. Beliefs such as America is the ‘greatest country in the world’ while facts show America is far from the top of the lists when judged on such things as income, unemployment, levels of democracy, well-being, food security, life expectancy, prison population and student performance are demonstrably otherwise is an example of dissonance. In fact, the United States is 33rd on the list of 33 countries falling below Portugal. (http://www.geekosystem.com/us-compared-to-other-countries/) Beliefs such as folks have ‘Rights’ in America when the actions of the government, through the Laws they’ve passed, clearly show that essentially all the Rights articulated within our Constitution have been negated is an example of dissonance. Beliefs such as our country always being ‘the good guys’ while seeing that our government overthrows more countries and bombs/murders civilians in more instances than any other nation on the planet since WW2 is an example of dissonance. Beliefs such as ‘we’re a nation of Laws’ when our government refuses to enforce Laws against their sponsors or themselves while having twice the number of people behind bars than the dictatorship of Communist China who has four times America’s population is an example of dissonance. This ‘dichotomy’ between beliefs and the real world you’re living in causes the normalcy bias and cognitive dissonance. The dissonance forces those experiencing it to misperceive the clear evidence of what they’re seeing, to reject the obvious interpretation of what they’re seeing and to refute the information that’s presented relative the real world or those who point out these facts. Thus, we refuse to wake up from the far more pleasant dream rather than deal with the unfortunate reality of our house (America) burning down around us. This pattern of behavior does NOT change the realities that face us, unfortunately.
To put it in perspective, imagine you’re ensconced in your home, fast asleep and enjoying a wonderful dream. For whatever reason a fire starts and your home is becoming engulfed. Would you hope you might awaken and respond to impending threat to your family and yourself or would you prefer to remain asleep enjoying that dream(normalcy bias & cognitive dissonance)? That’s the state of the current united States today.
Normalcy bias makes you want to imagine some America from the Andy Griffith show but with hi-tech. Yeah, we have some problems but everything will work out ~ it always does, right? Instead, our reality is that the ruling class (our political leadership) of this country can best be summed up rather nicely in a fictional work ‘The Liar’ by Bobby Adair when he said: “…all of those politicians worked for anonymous American oligarchs and the mega-corps anyway. Elections and the endless news cycles packed between them had long ago ceased being the conduit through which self-governance flowed from the masses. Elections were a nationwide coliseum with a bloody floor spread from shore to shore, pitting every citizen against his neighbors so none of them would ever see that the hero politicians they rallied behind weren’t truly their choice, and weren’t going to Washington to do their work. All those gray-haired fat men and loudmouthed faux patriots, kowtowing to a flag they’d draft-dodged their way out of fighting for, were either ring-kissing tools beholden to their deep-pocketed patrons, or eventually would be. That was what the evolved disease of American-style democracy did—it twisted idealists into narrow-minded blabbermouths who forgot every reason they ever picked up a mic and stood starry-eyed in front of their neighbors sincerely promising to make lives better.” Essentially our country’s leadership (such that it is) seems in lock-step with the popular legend of Emperor Nero fiddling while Rome burned.
Hell, these clowns currently running this country can’t even figure out what bathroom to use, which doesn’t surprise me in the least since these same bozos, having seized the Mustang Ranch, (for back taxes in 1999) a legally licensed whorehouse in Nevada, found, with all the government’s expertise, they couldn’t even run a profitable brothel so had to sell it for pennies on the dollar. With this continuing, there simply won’t be any America left and, contrary to what the addled ‘nationalist’ idealists believe, this won’t be ‘fixed’ with the next election, or the next, or the next. In fact, a new poll, just released in October (2019), conducted by Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service finds that 7 in 10 Americans believe the country is nearing civil war. It’s survey found that 67% of Americans think the nation is on the way to such a scenario. According to the Institute’s executive director, Mo Elleithee, “The majority of Americans believe that we are two-thirds of the way to being on the edge of civil war.”
So, beyond waking up to the fact that everything ‘isn’t’ alright in the neighborhood and that that awareness can not be ignored indefinitely, what other hurdles remain? Primarily one of those hurdles would be food. Can a state (New Hampshire) or a group of states feed its population without asking for support from the emerging third world state it broke away from? Another would be how do we keep the lights on ~ power our power generation industry? Clearly we would need to create an independent power grid (as Texas did) so we wouldn’t be subject to economic and physical blackmail by the states (or the federal elephant in the room) around us. How do we keep them fueled? How many are oil fired vs biomass power plants and what are the outputs and what to we do with Seabrook generating 57% of the state’s power in 2018? How do we handle foreign ownership of New Hampshire businesses. At what rates would we tax foreign owned business versus New Hampshire owned businesses? How do our citizens purchase imported gasoline and oil pr other stuff? Would we tax foreign and/or dual nationals an income tax on revenue earned in New Hampshire (I would)? How do we handle points of entry? (Airports/roads/ports) A good read might be: http://portofnh.org/ What about currency & foreign exchange rates?
All these points (and many more) would greatly benefit from some moderated discussion. Expert opinions might be garnered, solicited and shared. Through feedback and discussion, policy positions might be formulated and honed. In this way a true process of ‘educating’ the public on the benefits of independence and sovereignty might take place and support for the cause be earned. The ‘discussions’ need to take place to prove to possible supporters or interested individuals that independence is possible.
If you’re willing to write a thoughtful, in-depth opinion on these hurdles or other subjects relating to going off on our own, I’m willing to put them up for all to read and respond to. I would either keep identities confidential or quote you directly were you not bashful about stating such opinions. Your call… In any event, I’ll add to this piece, as time permits, some of my thoughts on what might need to be ‘thought out’ further but, I look forward to hearing from you.
20.06.25 posted ~ CURRENCY: First thing many are going to concern themselves with (beyond their next ham sandwich) is ‘money’. They want/intend to keep what they have and make more so, how might the New Hampshire Republic carry out a transition from the debt certificates of the US ‘federal reserve bank’ and a real indigenous currency? This subject needs to be worked on by smarter people than me. Perhaps someone who understands the mess that Keynesian economics has gotten the US & world into financially and Ludwig von Mises’ Austrian School of economic theory. (Keynesian equals “spending drives economic growth” vs Austrian equals “savings and production drives economic growth.)
New Hampshire would establish a state bank like the Bank of North Dakota (established in 1919) to promote agriculture, commerce and industry in the state just as the BND does. Regulations would be adopted for the (initial) creation of credit needed by the state (which is known as ‘sovereign credit’ ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_credit) to carry out its functions, just as the US Constitution authorizes the Treasury to create money rather than “borrow” it from private banks, at interest (federal reserve) and, said bank would offer reasonable interest (return on investment) to its depositors. Imagine for a moment our state bank (the Bank of New Hampshire) offering 5% interest on savings and 2% interest on checking accounts. Almost every dime in New Hampshire’s private banking system earning less the 1% return on investment would flow to the state bank and thus a huge pool of loanable capital would be available to promote agriculture, commerce and industry in the state.
I would envision the conversion of US dollars to New Hampshire greenbacks (we’ll make up a neat and catchy name for them later) to be on a one-to-one basis for assets and responsibilities (paychecks) within the state. All US debt notes would be converted through the Bank of New Hampshire to New Hampshire greenbacks and the debt notes would be used by the state to source materials needed by New Hampshire in the US until a recognized exchange agreement was in place with our neighbor. The goal, of course, is an economy free from foreign (out-of-state) capital.
Imagine New Hampshire needed a couple of food/produce plants for processing locally raised/grown produce. The state’s bank would fund the construction, staffing and start-up of the facilities. These facilities could be private enterprise or a mix of private/state ownership (say 80/20 split) in which case, the more industries the state developed, the larger it’s revenue stream from the derived profits it could count on (independent of ‘taxes’) to further fund state government operations. Now imagine the state funding the development of private/state ownership of a refinery, or the construction and operation of ‘greenhouse’ farms for continued food production during inclement weather or anything else the state doesn’t have (currently) that would further self-sustaining itself and its Citizens.
Again, smarter people than I should hone the subject of finance & currency because I’ve never passed a math course in my life.
20.06.28 posted ~ FOOD:
I’m no farmer, just a committed meat & potatoes guy so a big question is can we feed the projected 1.35 million (2020) people in New Hampshire. I’m ‘guessing’ we have the agricultural acreage to support our population (and then some). What’s needed to be developed locally is (as mentioned above) the processing facilities to can it, freeze it & get it on the grocery shelves. Sure, for a while, we may have to do without our Honey Nuts & Oats cereal until we get our foreign exchange off the ground but hey, you’ll have to ‘cook’ your kids bacon & eggs or pancakes with (local) maple syrup for breakfast – what a trauma… but it’s the price of Liberty. self reliance & self determination.
The fact is, New Hampshire’s Department of Agriculture’s site, states: “Some 4,100 individual operations qualify as commercial farms in New Hampshire, managing 425,000 acres including crop, pasture, maple and Christmas tree production, conservation and other agricultural uses.” The individual farms figure was ‘up’ from 2004 where there were only 3,363 farms recorded in New Hampshire who’s land totaled 444,879 acres 59% was woodlands, 30% cropland and 11% “other uses”. According to the NH Farm Flavor site New Hampshire agriculture has “around 4,400 farms, each about 100 acres in size, produce a variety of crops in the Granite State. Both milk and greenhouse/nursery crops account for more than half of the state’s agricultural sales receipts. Livestock includes cattle, sheep, hogs and poultry. Hay is largely grown in support of livestock. Maple syrup production is strong, too, with New Hampshire producing 4 percent of U.S. maple syrup.” According to the state “New Hampshire ranks 48th nationally for agricultural exports.”
Were we setting a goal of relying on ourselves to feed New Hampshire rather than relying on those trucks rolling in from New Jersey or other states, farmland, right here, would become far more valuable overnight. Food producers would be critical employers overnight and food processing facilities (Stand Alone Industries) would become hugely profitable employers overnight. A good source of information (or to find someone with a clue on this subject) would be Food Solutions New England University of New Hampshire, Office of Sustainability 107 Nesmith Hall, 131 Main Street in Durham. The short story is that yes, we could feed our population. Were Maine (and/or Vermont) to join us in our exit from the “union” there would be a huge comfort zone regarding feeding the new Republic.
20.07.06 ~ ELECTRICAL GENERATION:
With all its flaws, Seabrook produces almost all the needed electricity in the state. The trick would be to generate that level of electricity more safely. Given the fact the 2016 (government) figures show that 17% of electricity generated in New Hampshire was from renewable resources. It immediately makes you ask what we might do to increase that. Small, private hydroelectric facilities as well as whatever alternate (solar) energy systems folks or the state) wanted to (privately) invest in and REQUIRE the electric distributor (these days Eversource but later could be a state & private consortium) to buy back unused energy generated by these private systems at 65% of retail value rather than the pittance they now offer us. Property tax incentives/credits could be offered to prompt such investment ~ who wouldn’t invest five or ten grand in a personal/private renewable energy system if the amount they invested came right off their property taxes?
Solar panels can be manufactured right here in New Hampshire ~ it’s not rocket science. (a DYI guide: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Build-A-Solar-Panel/ or https://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Solar-Panel) How to get the manufacturing off the ground? How to start up a major producer of such panels within New Hampshire?
TAX INCENTIVES FOR HI-TECH FIRMS TO SUPPORT STATE PRODUCTION:
New Hampshire technology firms could be offered state tax incentives for producing ‘components’ for and assembly of solar arrays. Those arrays might be deployed anywhere there’s open space owned or controlled by the state. Ponder the essentially wasted space over median strips of our state highways which is open to the sky as just one spot for deployment of the arrays and tying them to the grid. State investment in manufacturing said arrays means the state getting the return on investment. Sales of the array’s output would go into the state coffers.
Imagine all the electronics assembly outfits in the state (https://www.thomasnet.com/new-hampshire/printed-circuit-board-pcb-assembly-services-97000560-1.html) assembling ‘some’ solar arrays for the state and getting tax credits as a result. They could decide how much of their production to dedicate to this effort. Said production could ‘fill’ any gaps from the usual work they support for their client base. Imagine a local outfit like Dover Flexo Electronics, Acculex Components (and others) accepting state contracts for inverters and other controllers to manage solar arrays. Again, they could be compensated via tax credits or NH issued currency and would reflect production being an adjunct to their current/existing business.
Then there’s micro-hydro turbines. A real interesting outfit/technology which (I think) would be perfect for use in New Hampshire is Waterotor out of Canada. (https://waterotor.com/) Raging in size from that of an SUV to a home size unit that could fit in an SUV this technology seem tailor made for our state given the number of slow moving rivers all over the place in the Granite State and, from what I gather, a one kilowat unit replaces 125 barrels of diesel oil in generating electricity. How many of these could be dropped in the Connecticut River or any other New Hampshire river or stream (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nh/nwis/current/?type=flow) with a flow rate as slow as 2 mph? That could make a dent. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OspTIBQIq2Q)
Another outfit producing inexpensive turbines for small river deployment is Smart Hydro out of Germany (https://www.smart-hydro.de/renewable-energy-systems/hydrokinetic-turbines-river-canal/) I’m sure there are a bunch of similar firms but here’s an interesting vid worth watching of one of their units. This thing costs only twelve thousand Euros or $13,500 dollars and powers three homes 24/7. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMlUvVhM42k) Something this inexpensive with the rivers and streams all over New Hampshire would certainly significantly augment power to our grid.