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1 posted on 03/25/2011 6:10:28 AM PDT by keep your powder dry
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To: keep your powder dry
The original announcement for the FSP was in July of 2001. The original plan was to vote on a state when they had 5,000 members. That vote was finalized in September 2003. From ten of the least populous states they chose New Hampshire (over Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, Delaware, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, North Dakota and South Dakota).

Many of us FSP members back then supported Wyoming because it had the least population AND it was the already the most "libertarian" of the lower 48. Alaska would have been the best choice if they could get 20,000 members to move there (but the urban crowd rebelled at that). A two state choice of Wyoming and Delaware was proposed to satisfy both rural/westerners and urban/easterners but the New Hampshire cheerleaders sunk that idea.

The deal from originator Jason Sorens, as reported by another original board member Debra Ricketts, was that if they did not have 20,000 "libertarian activists" signed up by October 1, 2006, the project would fold. Jason Sorens stated that if that happened they would fall back to Wyoming (the state with the least population). When they fell short, they changed that from a "deadline" to a "goal" and have since dropped any realistic date. Many of us who signed up early on considered the deal broken when the deadline was missed.

Many of us felt that 20,000 was too few for what they were trying to accomplish unless they were all "activists". They have since watered that goal down to just those who move and, hopefully, register to vote. They also changed the original deal of moving within 5 years of having 20,000 participants.

Many of us more conservative types also disagreed with many of the anarchist libertarians. They picked a state with a population as numerous as Wyoming and Delaware combined AND even now they have only met half their goal of 20,000 participants, and they don't require them to be "activists" None of them had any prior real world political experience, and that included Sorens who only had a PhD in political science and no experience in political office.

But they are still trying, I'll give them that.

The count is presently 10,726 signed up and 894 who've moved. The FSP for four years since March of 2007 has averaged a recruitment of 14.8 people per week with 2.1 per week moving to New Hampshire. Maybe by the year 2025 they could meet their watered down goals. But by then New Hampshire will be even more taken over by Democrats from Massachusetts and New York.

It is still a good idea.
They should have chosen Wyoming.
They could still choose Wyoming.
Or Alaska.

2 posted on 03/25/2011 7:43:05 AM PDT by Aroostook25
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