Sunday, February 26, 2006

Live Free or Die

I guess not *everyone* in the Northeast is a wuss.


Anonymous said...

What a great article. It kind of makes me embarrassed about my state's wimpy motto ("Wisdom, justice, and moderation" -- Georgia)

You want to know another liberal-conservative divider? Lee Greenwood's song "God Bless the USA." Liberals hate it; conservatives love it. Then there's those who cover by saying that they don't like country music but we know what beats in their hearts! (Wink, wink)

I really like keeping up with your web site, Darren. I don't know how you manage to post every day.

Kimberly Lloyd said...

As a Masshole born and bred, I always found it interesting that almost-libertarian New Hampshire was right next to almost-socialist Vermont. And everyone loves to slam my Massachusetts as liberal, but check out our parade of recent governors. New England is a great place and if only they had more jobs I could have stayed. :)

Anonymous said...

As I said on my blog (and I thought I would put up a note here as well), I have always viewed "Live Free or Die" as a great liberal slogan. Shocked to learn that there might be other liberals who wouldn't like it.

I wonder if they really mean "pacificists" don't like the slogan. I think you can be a liberal without being a pacifist.

Richard R. Kennedy said...

Interesting machismo article, but hardly appropos to its being anti-liberal. Rather, it fits the "fear" mode of the currenet administration.

Darren said...

Of course, Richard. Because God knows the state government in Vermont takes its marching orders from George Bush himself.

You're going to have to do better than that, especially for a motto that predates the President by a couple centuries.

Richard R. Kennedy said...

I know it's a matter of tradition and state pride; nonetheless, that won't prevent the MassImmigrants from eventually winning out with love.

Darren said...

Kumbayyah hasn't solved much, Richard.

zan said...

I'm from NH and am very proud of our history. However, I was born and raised in the "Pink Mountain State," and am married to a Masshole. We both adore NH. Unfortunately, there has been a huge influx of people from Mass and I am beginning to see a slight change to the left. It is sad but they have a long way to go before we become like the rest of New England. After being raised in in Mass, my husband does not understand how he lived there with all the restrictions and taxes.

BTW, I live on the border of Mass and NH and I have never seen a lot of love from the less fortunate of Mass. I also went to college there. I have seen a lot of snobbery and condescension.

Last fall I went on a hayride at an apple farm with my family. The other family on the ride was obviously from Mass and were the snobbiest people I had ever met. All they did was talk about their new Porche they had just purchased. Their kids were brats and out of control. They also complained about the mud. Of course, no one told them that you should not wear leather heels and black pants on a hayride in the fall through an apple orchard. Duh.

After the hayride my husband was reminded of why he left Boston for the simpler life where we have real people for neighbors. He worked there for many years.

Anyway, enjoying your blog.