Get ready Delaware
|Title:||Get ready Delaware, the Libertarians are Coming|
|Author:||William A. Shields|
Get ready Delaware, the Libertarians are ComingBy William A. Shields 10/20/02
If some Americans have their way, the slogan on Delaware license plates may soon read "The Free State" rather than "The First State".
Libertarians, constitutionalists and small government conservatives are organizing nationally, and are planning to move into and remake the political landscape of one state.
The organization is The Free State Project and their mascot is the porcupine, an animal that is cute and generally minds its own business. It is a creature that is harmless -as long as it is left alone.
The Free State Project will select a state where their numbers, (20,000 initially) will afford them the most political power. This means they need a state with a small population and therefore, a small number of voters.
Among other criteria being considered, as they select a state to invade, are a moderate climate, a good job market and a coastline with ports to facilitate world trade and possible autonomy at some point in the future.
By these requirements Delaware is floating to the top of the list of potential take over targets. Some other states being considered are Alaska, Maine, Wyoming and New Hampshire. By my estimation, Delaware will win this contest easily. In fact, I believe it is the ONLY state that should be considered, because it is the only state that is suitable for this purpose. So stand by Delaware, a new kind of immigrant is coming that's bound to turn the democrats and socialists downright xenophobic.
The Delaware libertarian party could soon become a strong political force, losing their "also ran" label and taking on all of the legitimacy and relevance they can handle. This is why the libertarians should drop whatever they are doing and throw all of their effort and support behind this project. The Free State Project is the answer to a libertarian's party building prayers.
And what do the citizens of the First State have to lose in a libertarian Delaware? Well for one thing we lose that expensive, ineffective and fraudulent drug war. Our police will have the time and resources to fight real crime, and our prisons will have plenty of space for violent criminals. Law abiding citizens will not have to live in fear of the police confiscating their cash until they can prove it is not drug money. The police state will wither on the vine as it loses its lifeblood - federal tax dollars.
First State citizens will lose most taxes including property taxes. In a libertarian Delaware, personal responsibility will rule. If you spawn kids, you will feed, clothe and EDUCATE them without demanding payment (at the point of a government gun) for these things from your neighbor. Citizens can take the money they save on taxes and enroll their children in the private school of their own choosing, such as a school that teaches the values that are cherished by parents, instead of the socialist, collectivist indoctrination of government schools.
Gone will be high auto insurance costs. In a free state no one will be forced by government to purchase unwanted items or services such as insurance. Insurance companies will have to lower their rates dramatically to entice persons to buy their product.
In a libertarian free state the role of government will be limited to protecting individuals from fraud and the initiation of force, as intended by the founders, and guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. In a free state the Constitution will be revered, respected, protected and defended, and the Bill of Rights will be ENFORCED. This means prosecuting any person within the state who infringes on anyone's right to keep and bear arms, including (and especially) federal officers.
If Delaware wins this contest among the Free State Project members, we may see large billboards at entrance points along the state line that read: Welcome to Delaware - The FREE State. Freedom loving people will flock to this special jewel on the mid-eastern seaboard. Strategically located and uniquely suited for liberty, Delaware will be that shining example of freedom envisioned by the Free State Project.
William A. Shields is a "once and always" U.S. Marine with 19 years experience as an air traffic controller. The former chairman of the Delaware Reform Party, and a past president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, EWR Local, he has held positions in the rail, aviation and marine transportation industries. A freelance writer, Mr. Shields owns and operates a small business in Wilmington, Delaware. He is a contributor to the American Reformation Project and a regular columnist for Ether Zone.
William A, Shields can be reached at: email@example.com
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