Free State Parody: 'A' for Effort; 'D' for Spelling
"Come Here, Maybe" riffs on the played-out "Call Me, Maybe" video, with 101 reasons to move to NH.
If you're going to move to New Hampshire, for liberty's sake, you at least need to get your spelling straight.
Hey Free Staters of Keene: It's Weirs Beach, not Wiers Beach.
[Editor's Note: Four hours after posting this story on Sept. 23, we were notified by the movie maker that the egregious spelling error in the YouTube video has been corrected. Another big win for spelling and grammar enthusiasts everywhere.]
Beyond that, we have to give Free Keene an "A" for effort for this video, currently trending on Twitter, a musical spin on their "Live Free and Move" manifesto.
If you are unfamiliar with the movement, in 2003 the Free State Project named New Hampshire as a destination for its followers because it's "America's freest state," with a goal of flooding New Hampshire with 20,000 "liberty loving" individuals who share the group's political philosophy of minimal government.
In a nut shell, they believe government should exist "at most, to protect people’s rights, and should neither provide for people nor punish them for activities that interfere with no one else."
They are a movement, not a political party. But they are Libertarian by affiliation, endorsed by Ron Paul, their spiritual leader, and Gary Johnson, their default 2012 Presidential candidate. They have been criticized by some as radical right-wing extremists, including NH Democratic Party chair Ray Buckley, who called their methods "cult-like" in this 2010 story on The Wire.
But getting back to the video, it's an eclectic, borderline schizophrenic mashup of scenic New Hampshire shots interspersed with repeated links to "101 Reasons to Move to NH" and video footage of people being chased by police officers and arrested, with reference to "Victimless Crime Spree," a feature-length documentary chronicling Free State activist Derrick J Freeman's* "exciting first year of activism in The Shire," which he describes as "540 days in jail for dancing, smoking cannabis, going to court, and riding a bike" while living in Keene.
*Of note: Last week Freeman, who has an apparent affinity for Hobbit allusions, left "The Shire" (NH) for "Mordor" (Washington, D.C.), on a "self-imposed exile" from the Free State following a 60-day jail stint. He's off on a new mission, which he will be chronicling on his blog site, Live Free or Dance, if you are at all interested in knowing more.
Although Keene has for the most part been the epicenter of attention for the FSP's efforts to change New Hampshire from the inside out, yes, Virginia, there is a Free Nashua movement. And in February of 2012 Nashua hosted the 2012 Liberty Forum here at the Crowne Plaza.
Editor's Note: As a reporter aware of this movement since it began here, I've often wondered how successful the FSP would be, or if it would eventually fizzle, hence, my interest in the promotional video, which caught my eye this morning on Twitter. Just curious: What is your take on the Free State Project?