Oh, “White House Friend <Anonymous1@yahoo.com>” from 220.127.116.11 (T-Mobile network)….. Do you have a copy of that video with all the crazy allegations against me from the first time I ran for US Senate? It is no longer available no YouTube and I’d really like a copy to show my friends. I find it so amusing you still believe such disinformation. Can I get a copy of that video, please?
The election is fast approaching and it is time to get moving. This past Saturday, was the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire Convention, where I was honored to meet more members of the State party. We had officer election and I have been freed of my past obligations as the Vice-Chair. I’m now working on the campaign.
What we need:
- Get the word out! Talk to your friends. Share BrianChabot.org and/or my Facebook page.
- Make memes and campaign materials. Run them by me privately first for my approval.
- Keep everything POSITIVE. My opponents are competent politicians and good people. We need to get the word out that it is time for change and I will make a fresh change from the Old Guard. Attack ads are forbidden in my campaign. Show the good in me, not the bad in them.
- Encourage people vote for all the Libertarians on the ballot. We need 4% in the Governor or US Senate races to be a “real” political party in NH. Will you help us get that?
- Engage. Engage your friends in talking about Liberty. Engage with me about improving my campaign and my positions. Convince me. Inform me. Work with me.
- Encourage prominent people in the community to endorse me.
- Volunteer in your community. THIS is how we reduce the burden of government. Prove social programs should be done by volunteers. Prove we do it better
I will stand up for your Liberty. Will you join me?
The 2016 petitions to put Brian Chabot on the NH ballot for US Senate are in! Download yours HERE. When we know who is tallying them, it’ll be posted here, but in the mean time you can send then direct to Brian Chabot’s PO Box and Brian will get them to the right person:
P.O. Box 177
Nashua, NH 03061
With YOUR help we can get on the ballot and win the election!
If anyone wants to print fliers or other campaign material to hand out, please use recycled and recyclable paper. If you can afford it, please use one of the various recycled card stocks with seeds embedded in it. Having received a large number of fliers for various campaigns recently, that were shiny, new, non-recyclable paper, I want my campaign to be different. I want my campaign to be responsible. Reduce, Recycle, Reuse.
Just a few hours ago, by unanimous consent, the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire gave their support to Brian Chabot’s campaign to represent NH in the US Senate.
Brian Chabot is a moderate Libertarian who wants to increase liberty in the United States. As a moderate, he knows this is not a matter of trying to make huge changes right now, but rather by a series of steps in the right direction. He works with three main principles of Liberty, Honor, and Truth. He has pledged himself to the Non-Aggression Principle. He believes in the right of every person to do as they please so long as they are not doing harm to another, that what you do if you harm none and what consenting adults do is none of the government’s business. Brian Chabot is an avid fan of Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson in his philosophies. He is Libertarian at heart, but not an Anarchist. He believes there needs to be some government, that there are some things best done by a single, central authority. As a moderate he hopes to work with all parties in the US Senate to bring us a more free society and a smaller, more efficient, and ethical government.
(Press releases and other announcements including a campaign contribution link will be coming soon.)
I need to say something here, lest it fall by the wayside. I have heard of the terrible bombing of the hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. I’ve read the reports that I can find. In no way can I find a way in which this was right. If the devil himself were in that hospital barking out orders to the denizens of Hell, it still would not justify bombing a hospital. I cannot sit here and say nothing.
But I am not (yet!) in a position to do much about it. The best I can do now is to join MSF in their condemnation of this atrocity. At best it was mass murder. At worse it was a war crime perpetuated by the US Government. MY government.
Please join me in whatever way you can to dins answers and hold accountable those responsible for this heinous act of cowardly murder.
While much of the US calls for “discussion” of ways the government should solve mass shootings by restricting the class of tools used, I’d like to break from that pack and take the high road for a moment.
I do not think that the focus on the instrument is the right thing to do. Instead, I would like to look deeper and find the actual root causes of these tragedies and thus make a lasting change in our society to stop these murderous rampages.
I don’t know the details of the mind set of all of the shooters. I can, however imagine a loneliness, a feeling of not belonging, of being powerless over one’s own life. I can empathize with the need to take control, even as I detest the use of violence to do it.
American culture, especially among adolescents and young adults, prizes the ability to fit in to the dominant culture. We idolize sports and unimaginative music, the “common man”, the middle class, the regular joe who works a 9-5 job monday through friday, who has a wife and kids at home. Men (and these criminals are almost exclusively men) who do not fit the mold are ostracized and especially in remote or small towns, given no alternatives.
Our culture has no room for artists, philosophers, or any other variation from the norms. Some manage to find a source of support till their otherness can become self supporting, but many don’t.
Aside from cultural differences, some may have mental or physical differences and our culture in many cases and places shuns these as well.
This can all be boiled down to alienation. We alienate our own people when they don’t fit the stereotype. In so doing, it may be natural for the rejected people to in turn alienate society. When left to feed upon itself, this alienation is easily escalated to the point where the “other” is no longer viewed as human, as worthy of life. From there it is not far till the “other” is a menace and needs to be eradicated for the betterment of the world.
The discussion we need to be having is how to find some place in our culture for the others who may not fit into your stereotype or perhaps not into any stereotype, especially until they have made their own place in this world. This is the discussion we need to be having.
The trick is not to take the weapons out of everyone’s hands because some small number of people are murderers. The trick is to find out what causes people to murder in the first place and fix *that*.
14 years ago today, I was a contractor at Universal Data Stream, and late for work, stuck in traffic. NPR reported a “small plane” had crashed into the World Trade Center. I spent much of the day streaming video feeds and coordinating check-ins of friend and family.
A handful of men managed to take down four planes with box cutters, killing almost 3,000 innocent Americans in the process. Then something snapped. The world turned upside down and the hornets nest was swarming.
In the ensuing years I watched, appalled, as my beloved nation waged wars on people who had nothing to do with the attack, taking almost a decade to track down the actual person behind the original atrocity. Even today, many Americans have become bigoted against a large and mostly innocent portion of the world because they nominally share a religion and perhaps a geographic region with those responsible. Our retribution, spread too broad, has now inspired a large portion of the world to hate our great nation.
Today, I wish to restore the honor we once had by working to become a Legislator. America has never failed when we have taken the moral high ground. We cannot pay innocent blood for innocent blood, 585 innocent foreigners for every innocent American, and expect that to be Justice. Let all those innocent lives lost not have been a signal of our impending downfall, but rather, a light and inspiration when we come together and mark this day.
Sometimes people ask me what I think about the current debate about whether we are causing climate change or if the changes we are seeing are naturally occurring. Most of the time though, those who know me presume I just agree with the scientific side of things and say that yes we are and we should work now to stop the pollution.
While those who know me are right that I follow the scientific approach here, there is one thing I’d like to say about the whole debate. Science is a practice that encourages changing your theories to fit the facts that you have. Currently the facts are overwhelmingly in favor of the idea that we are causing climate change and that we need to stop now in order to avoid irreversible damage that could eventually threaten human population.
Now as to the debate itself, it strikes me of this:
Two children are arguing about whether the crumbs on the floor are causing ants to come into the house. I’m over here asking for help in cleaning up the mess.
You see, while everyone else is arguing, I don’t care what side you’re on. This is out home. This is the only planet we can realistically inhabit. I like living here. Clean up your mess!