1 Year Later…

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. – Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

In January 2008, a group of liberty lovers from the Seacoast drove to Concord to be trained on the NHLA bill review process.  On the way to the event, I brought up that we should start a group to continue the momentum of the recent presidential primary.  After the training, another individual was there from the seacoast who suggested the same idea; that evening back at my house New Hampshire Seacoast Liberty was started.

Upon the formation of SeaL, we discussed that we did not want a formal organizational structure; people would do as they saw fit and we would support their cause as long as it moved freedom in a positive direction.

During the past twelve months, we have grown from a few to over one hundred members; of which a majority of our members have been active in one fashion or another.  The events have been numerous and we have had so many great accomplishments.  While I will not list all of our accomplishments, I would be remissed not to list a few:

As the new year dawns and SeaL celebrates it’s first anniversary the discussion of goals naturally arises.  Our goal is simple and will remain to be so: spreading liberty and freedom, one community at a time.  The tactics to achieve this are up to each individual and are implemented through, a purely voluntary effort.  If you want to distribute copies of Freedom to Fasicm on April 15 by your local Post Office, run for office, get involved in FIJA, etc. then simply execute your task and our mission will be achieved.  It’s that simple.

I wish to thank everyone that has been supportive to the cause of advancing liberty, not only here in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire, but across the state, country and world.  Thank you.

Maybe I did well and maybe I led the battle but nobody ever said we were going to win this thing at any point in time. Eternal vigilance is required and there have to be people who step up to the plate, who believe in liberty, and who are willing to fight for it. – Milton Friedman

Who needs free speech, anyway?

Another great letter to the editor by a member of New Hampshire Seacoast Liberty, Jason Howard.  This is in response to the story regarding the arrest of Mr. Montenegro.  Here’s a brief excerpt:

I would like to congratulate the Dover police in arresting this unsavory individual. It is completely outrageous that Mr. Montenegro would have the audacity to publicly question any government official. What if everyone were allowed to question the action of public officials? People may start thinking they live in a free country, and we certainly can’t have that.

Demonstrate against Dover Police abuse with SEAL PAC

SeaL Meetup member David “Smiley” Montenegro has been campaigning against Dover P.D.’s abuse of power since his wrongful arrest in February. Last Saturday, he was arrested for “disorderly conduct” while setting up one of his regular Seacoast Liberty Police Anti-corruption Campaign (SEAL PAC) sidewalk information tables—with a permit from the Dover town government. See this Foster’s story for more on the arrest.

David has another permit for this Saturday, from 11 to 1. Join in and support him, support the right of the people to peaceably assemble, the right of free speech, and demonstrate against police abuse of power. Try to get there early; last time, the P.D. busted him as he was setting up. You can meet David at the Dover train station (33 Chestnut St.) at 10:45.

David states, “Note: This is intended to be a peaceful, legal, demonstration, and a permit has been obtained for this event. Visitors are welcome to make their own signs, or other items which may be held or worn. If you wish to obstruct traffic or throw firecrackers at the mounted police horses, please just stay home.”

See the SEAL PAC site for more information, or call David at +1.516.345.1072.

If you can’t find the demonstration, look up and down Central Ave. from Washington to Broadway, as the city attorney may have changed the permit. If there is no sign of the demonstration, please continue it on your own at Central and 1st, if you are willing, or look for the other demonstrators inside the police station.