August 23rd, 2004 - Open Knowledge
Aug. 23rd, 2004
Moving to create a truly Free State
By Jon Ward
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Calvin Pratt raised a Colonial-era flag at his new home in Goffstown, N.H., in December.
J.M. EDDINS JR. (THE WASHINGTON TIMES)
LANCASTER, N.H. - Thousands of voters who say the country's two-party system has become too homogenous, bureaucratic and inept have begun a pilgrimage to New England with the dream of starting a new party that will become a national force and unite legions of the equally disenfranchised.
"Most elections are like trying to get lunch out of a vending machine," said Philip Boncer, 41, a biomedical engineer from San Diego. "You have choices, but they're all bad for you. Democrats are increasing regulations and the strain on business, and Republicans are increasing moral laws."
The movement, known as the Free State Project, was started in late 2001 and now has about 6,000 members. It also has an ambitious plan to more than triple its membership and become firmly entrenched in New Hampshire politics by 2011.
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