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New Hampshire's motto is, "Live Free or Die!" Is it time for them to die?

Asked by ETpro (34145 points ) May 14th, 2013

Here’s a list of vanity license plates you are not free to obtain in New Hampshire. See any vanity plates there worth killing yourself over being unable to get? Or should NH residents rebel and overthrow their oppressors so they can have anything they danged well want on that license plate. And who says we have to have a license plate to begin with? Why aren’t we free to drive whatever we want in whatever manner we wish, with our without whatever sort of license plate we do or don’t choose to display? Why should I need insurance to drive, or a driver’s license for that matter? And what’s this about not being free to drive anybody’s car I can hot-wire? The oppressors are everywhere. So when do my neighbors to the North start living up to (or dropping dead to) their catchy state motto?

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janbb's avatar

I always thought it a rather foolish statement personally.

elbanditoroso's avatar

At least they have the spine to take stand and decide that there are limits to the crap they will take. I respect them for this position.

But NH is dysfunctional in other ways. For a state of their small population, they have the largest state legislature of all the states, (375 people) What a waste of time.

KNOWITALL's avatar

“Live Free or Die” is the official motto of the U.S. state of New Hampshire, adopted by the state in 1945.[1] It is possibly the best-known of all state mottos, partly because it speaks to an assertive independence historically found in American political philosophy and partly because of its contrast to the milder sentiments found in other state mottos.

The phrase comes from a toast written by General John Stark, New Hampshire’s most famous soldier of the American Revolutionary War, on July 31, 1809. Poor health forced Stark to decline an invitation to an anniversary reunion of the Battle of Bennington. Instead, he sent his toast by letter:

Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_Free_or_Die

**I would have to say, I agree with that. From the Show-Me State.

ucme's avatar

Well, it sounds like a Bond movie, so…“I expect you to die Noo Hampshire.”

KNOWITALL's avatar

@ucme Since you’re from Gr Br, I wouldn’t expect anything else. They were pretty much saying, I know you gave us a few million to establish a new world, but we’re not paying you back and we don’t care what you think anymore.

What do they teach kids about the Revolutionary War there @ucme?

ETpro's avatar

Sorry about the truncated question details. I was trying to fix a messed up long URL when the editing timed out, and the enclose-it-in-brackets fix somehow caused the system to truncate the details right at the beginning of the link. I’ve flagged it and will post the details using a TinyURL link once they push the question to editing.

ucme's avatar

@KNOWITALL Well then that’s a mighty fine sentiment, good for them…hoorah!!
Hmm, the civil war…diddly dee, oh I know, I learned all I know from Josey Wales :-)

KNOWITALL's avatar

@ucme Goose, I meant the Revolutionary War, America versus Great Britain.

The outlaw Josey Wales rocks! (If that was a Scarlett OHara reference it’s Fiddle-dee-dee) lol

ucme's avatar

La-dee-da…Annie Hall :)

ETpro's avatar

Well… I flagged myself, but nobody is pushing the question to editing. So here are the question details as they were supposed to appear:

Here’s a list of vanity license plates you are not free to obtain in New Hampshire. See any vanity plates there worth killing yourself over being unable to get? Or should NH residents rebel and overthrow their oppressors so they can have anything they danged well want on that license plate. And who says we have to have a license plate to begin with? Why aren’t we free to drive whatever we want in whatever manner we wish, with our without whatever sort of license plate we do or don’t choose to display? Why should I need insurance to drive, or a driver’s license for that matter? And what’s this about not being free to drive anybody’s car I can hot-wire? The oppressors are everywhere. So when do my neighbors to the North start living up to (or dropping dead to) their catchy state motto?

janbb's avatar

@ETpro After looking at that list, guess “free” is a relative term.

jerv's avatar

@ETpro So long as you don’t have an SR-22, you _don’t_need insurance to drive in NH, or at least not when I left in 2008. Just saying…

ETpro's avatar

@jerv Amazing. So the indigent are free to wreck your car, leave you in the hospital for months or disabled for life, and walk away without compensating you at all. Now that’s freedom for you. It is, indeed, a double-edged sword.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Since Freedom in the USA has been so eroded, it might be time to rephrase their motto.

Blueroses's avatar

Really? “CHKNBUT” is banned??

Guess you can never ask “Guess what?” in NH.

deni's avatar

I have never liked that motto. Your question is simple proof of how hypocritical and silly it is. On top of that New Hampshire is a weird place. I’d rather be in Vermont.

woodcutter's avatar

Slow news day?

bolwerk's avatar

To Republikan/Tea Party types, “free” means what it meant hundreds of years ago: you don’t have the obligations the serfs/plebes have, and you have the “right” to keep them in their place. That’s probably what a large portion of New Hampshire, if not the majority per se, means by that motto too.

I only glanced, but I don’t see T1H5TA3. In a mirror it says, “EAT SHIT” (approximately).

@elbanditoroso: a bigger legislature is probably preferable to a smaller one, since it magnifies the value of each vote more. And at least makes gerrymandering more difficult.

woodcutter's avatar

I hazard the guess that the motto was not intended to be taken literally. After the tags are covered with road grime and bugs there aren’t many who give them much attention. I like District of Columbia tags-“Taxation Without Representation.” Sucks to be them, they don’t even get a state.

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