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Editorial: The circus is leaving town, and yet . . .

New Hampshire no longer a lowly little state but an independent nation? Oh, what fun. A chance to design a whole new flag and print and mint our own money. Presuming this new republic is a democracy and the vote turns out the same, would the state be led by President Maggie Hassan? Or could the populace choose to call its leader something entirely new – Top Dog, maybe, or The Decider? Who knows? We may get the chance.

New Hampshire voters turned out in droves last week to re-elect President Obama, reject the extreme agenda of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne, silence House Speaker Bill O’Brien and replace most of the wingnuts elected to the Legislature in 2010. We thought we were in for a few sane but tame years, free of preposterous bills, political tirades, conspiracy theories and the kangaroo court Redress of Grievances committee. But it’s beginning to look like we were wrong. Only a week went by before news of a new political group arrived, a group with the potential to offset the entertainment value lost when some of the Legislature’s more colorful characters were defeated. We’re referring, of course, to the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence, an organization devoted, as its website says, to peacefully “separating from the federal government of the United States.”

So far, 35 people, including one Stephen M. from Concord, have signed the foundation’s petition calling for the peaceful secession of New Hampshire from the United States. Five people are listed as the foundation’s board of directors, including one who acknowledges that he was inspired to move to New Hampshire by the Free State Project. The group has social media accounts and a website, nhindependence.org, on which it outlines some of the benefits that would come with independence. They include an end to the stifling federal bureaucracy and freedom from federal taxes. An independent New Hampshire would instantly, the group says, become one of the 10 richest countries in the world. Of course, there are a few impediments to secession, as Southern states learned a century and a half ago, not to mention that the Supreme Court long ago declared secession illegal.

In an interview with Monitor State House reporter Ben Leubsdorf, Neal Conner, the secessionist group’s treasurer, swats away those impediments. Whether the federal government recognizes it or not, the right to self-determination is real, he says.

Part of New Hampshire was, from 1832 to 1835, an independent republic based around Pittsburg’s Indian Stream. A militia from that short-lived nation even invaded Canada, freed a fellow countryman and shot up a British judge’s house. So we’ll be watching the new group’s progress. We’re glad that they appear to be peaceful and are not calling for armed insurrection. To further their cause, the secessionists are seeking donations and they’re registered with Paypal to make contributing easy. They’re also waiting to hear from the IRS about their request that donations to their secessionist cause be tax deductible – we kid you not. Once that’s in, all they’ll need is some silly hats and a secret handshake.

Sorry to hear that earthling. This site is a nightmare!

Sorry Munch. Got you mixed up with Earthling on the large house question.

One of the clown show cast members started researching where I live after the CM glitch used my name rather than my screen name. Then he/she posted incorrect info about where I live. We do not own the property, we do not live there, and where I live is none of his/her business.

Pizza party end of January :)

Well Munch, It seems to me that peeps was not an issue for SCO. Unless you are referring to the Easter Marshmellow Treats. That would only insult a person that has weight issues is my guess. lemmings is a derogatory label, so it is an insult. A rodent that cannot think for themselves is definitly insulting as most folks think of rodents as not so nice. What is with your name by the way? A person with that title seeks attention by pretending they are sick to get it. A very destructive disease. Just asking. Also is your home large? Seems we have been hearing conflicting statements here on it. Just asking.

This is a great idea. Think of all the jobs that would be created that the new government could outsource to private contractors, like the agency that would establish and maintain border crossings, and provide passports. NH could finally have it's own militia with three-cornered tinfoil hatted soldiers. Daniel Itse could be the CMFIC. A system like EasyPass could be installed that would automatically register your vehicles as they leave your driveway and move along those once public highways which would now be owned by independent corporations that put their profits in out-of-nation tax free bank accounts. This idea is full of unbelievable opportunities.

I think I now understand how Radon gas from granite affects people. Every 'Don't Tread On Me' flag should henceforth come with a free complimentary beanie and propeller. I do have some tubes of silicone adhesive and an old Bostitch stapler I will donate for the purpose of attaching said beanie.

After the “Foundation for New Hampshire Independence” becomes tax exempt, it would be interesting to see how much they will be paying themselves to run it. Sounds like a scheme to relieve some of the gullible out there of their cash. On the bright side, New New Hampshire could call Manchester an International Airport, sounds so very very big country like. Wait one minute, would I have to pay an International rate for Netflix???

This is a great subject. I often wonder if this nation is strong enough to stay together as a union. If you look at the map from election day, there are over half of the states who do not feel fairly represented. I have often thought that the country should break up into individual countries comprised of several states in each country. The coasts and large cities now control the folks in the middle who have total numbers almost the same size but not enough to stand up to the majority. That is the issue with a "Democracy" is that if a million people vote for one thing and 999,999 vote the other way the million could say "too bad". That is the beauty of living in a Federal Republic and the reason for the electoral college. I see that in the future, either their will be a civil war OR people will swap land and move to geographic areas with like people. Secession, no......perhaps a different union or different unions? I think so.

You said "the Supreme Court long ago declared secession illegal." Since when have you (unnamed Monitor editor) given up when the Supreme Court decides something is settled (Citizens United)??? Just thinking out loud here.

Hello, SCO. Monitor technical difficulties prevented me from signing in for a couple days, so the following is a reply to your reply to me in the Shaw’s employee story string (your reply started with “I was just waiting patiently for the first example of liberal hate,” accused me of being “the FIRST to insult any of the commentors here,” and characterizing me of being both insulting and hateful). My belated reply, for your consideration: How to change the subject! But while we’re on that subject, exactly what “name” did I call you? “Peeps”? That’s short for “people.” You’re not people? “Unmitigated lemmings”? That’s a metaphor for someone exhibiting self-destructive behavior. I’d say you were a “moron,” but I know you are actually fully aware that what I wrote were not personal insults but, but in an act of desperate denial and avoidance you took it as an opportunity to try to tweak my poor allegedly bleeding heart liberal conscience with hypocritical guilt. Thou doth protesteth too much. Bottom line: Clearly, you “got nuthin’ for me” on the “EPA’s supposed ‘slew of mandates and exactly whose jobs they will supposedly kill.” (Am I right, peeps?)

Not content to simply hurl hateful insults directly at commentors which is rude and against the comment rules, you now follow me around to do more of the same. This comment also is against the rules for being completely off topic and insulting. Do us all a favor and get lost. We dont need more of your hate.

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