Over the past several years, in the months preceding election day, a common sight around town were the ubiquitous yard signs promoting one of Exeter’s most prominent public servants.
These were not the subdued light blue signs of Rep. Donna Schlachman, nor the startling, almost precautionary, yellow of the newcomer Suprock. No, these were the red, white and true blue placards of Lee Quandt .
On Election Day, this stalwart of sensible Republican values was swept out of office by a Democratic wave, propelled in part by an inexplicable surge of same day voter registrations, totaling 993.
There was, however, another factor that led to Mr Quandt’s defeat: he was unfairly lumped in with principled Republicans known as Tea Partiers and Free Staters.
Imagine the danger posed by the former group with their insistence that government be in some way limited, the will of the majority be damned?
And the Free Staters descended upon our state, wishing for “freedom” , to be left alone, to voluntarily associate with whom they please, and to keep the fruit of their labor.
These outrageous ideas are as antiquated as the right to arm oneself in defense of family and property.
And most dangerously, many of this “liberty crowd” wish to educate their own children!
What’s next? Tri-cornered hats? I suppose such homeschooling is preferable to having these kids rub shoulders with our own, abrading their goodthink conformity with notions of “Natural Rights” and the “Non Aggression Axiom”.
On the campaign trail, and in his insightful blogs, Lee Quant, at his own peril, warned of the danger.
He unabashedly called out his rivals -members of his own party-as “domestic terrorists” and mentally ill. Do you not agree that the desire for freedom is a sickness antithetical to modern society?
In one blog, Quandt redefines “domestic terrorist”, setting a much lower threshold to that classification than even the Patriot Act.