"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficial. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greater dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding." - Louis Brandeis
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Live Free or...
...Don't Live so Free
That is the State Motto that New Hampshire is now considering.
New Hampshire's current motto is "Live Free or Die," but it isn't holding up. Chosen as the State Motto in 1945 (possibly based on the fact that the United States had just finished leading the world towards freedom), it comes from Revolutionary War General John Stark, who was one of the last living Generals of the war. Stark was invited to attend a commemoration, but due to his age he could not travel, so he replied in writing, closing with "Live Free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils."
"The single grandfather had returned home to find that his home had been burglarized and spotted Joseph Hebert, 27, climbing out of a window at a neighbor's home. Fleming said he yelled "Freeze!" before firing his gun into the ground, then held Hebert at gunpoint until police arrived. "I didn't think I could handle this guy physically, so I fired into the ground."
No one was injured in the incident, but when the police arrived, they made two arrests. Hebert was charged with two counts of burglary and drug possession. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. Fleming, meanwhile, is scheduled to be arraigned March 20 on a charge of reckless conduct, which could potentially land him a sentence similar to the one Hebert faces."
General Stark is buried at State Park in Manchester, New Hampshire, passers by recently reported hearing what they thought was thunder on a cloudless day. It may have been Stark rolling over in his grave...