If these 5,000 people were to go to NH -- or any other state for that matter -- & build the place into all the good & decent things as set forth in their goals? How long before the riff raff would transcend upon 'em to sieze what's these people have earned & built for themselves?
That kind of coming would be inevitable, don'tcha think? Isn't that, essentially, what's happened in California?
Well, it is indeed NH that's been chosen, and I've been giving your concerns some serious thought.
At Halloween a year ago, we had roughly a thousand pledged supporters, a year after signups began. Now, not quite a year later, we have 5500. In two years.
Given the present rate of growth- which has not remained constant- it's predicted that we'll reach the goal of 20,000 members in We will reach 20,000 members in approximately 113.7 weeks, at which point the migration begins [though something like 150 Porcupines are already NH residents, and several from nearby states are making the move now, without hesitation, just as I would have had Wyoming been picked]
But the movements are to take place within a 5-year timeframe after the goal of 20,000 has been reached, perhaps as late now as 7 years into the future...and recruiting and pledges will NOT be halted. What happens if they continue to more than double the numbers of pledged porcupines annually for 7 years. Or quadruple, or otherwise increase exponentially? Oct 2002: 1000 FSP member porcupines/ gain 1000
Oct 2003: 5,454 FSP members [as of September 10, 2003]/gain 3500
Oct 2008? [Election year!]
Oct 2009? [5 years from the 01 Oct 2003 announcement of NH as the Goal State]
If the numbers *just* double each year from what they are now:
2005: 21,816 [porcupation migration to continue until completion in 2010]
NH State voter registration, September 02 2001 [after list purge]And the projection that the numbers will *only* double is a VERY conservative one, based on the last 24 months. I'm now not as worried as I was, but the Democrats had better be doing some fast dancing. It looks as if they could be in fourth place, not very good for a *major* party.
REPUBLICANS 245,791/ 37.3%
UNDECLARED 242,028/ 36.8%
DEMOCRATS 170,405/ 25.9%
Not that it would, should or could have any impact on this effort, hardly.
Just that forewarned *is* forearmed; so, the inevitability of this happening, eventually, must be a high priority of the FSP planners.
...of which I'm sure you're aware.