From the opening shots of the American Revolution, New Hampshire citizens have held a common bond marked by independence, community pride, and a belief in an engaged and responsible electorate. The Live Free or Die Alliance was formed to advance these longstanding values that have always made the Granite State a beacon of liberty and social consciousness.
"Live Free or Die" means that we, as citizens of New Hampshire, have an opportunity to speak our minds and have a voice in the actions of our communities and government. This freedom carries with it great responsibility to our community, our state, and our nation.
At the core of the traditional New Hampshire is the belief in limited government, fiscal responsibility, local control, and the primacy of individual and private property rights. Equal is the commitment to one another as neighbors, respecting the rights of others, assisting those in need, and joining together as volunteers to serve the broader community.
The Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) Founding Members shared a concern that contemporary lifestyles and communications were diminishing the public awareness and knowledge that New Hampshire citizens had in state and local affairs. Nowadays, legislative activity in our state has skyrocketed. A NH Legislature that just two decades ago reviewed 500 to 600 laws every two years, now reviews more than 1,000 each and every year, most with little if any media scrutiny or citizen involvement.
Many of these laws affect our rights. Every time the right of a neighbor is taken away without the knowledge or involvement of an informed citizenry, our collective freedom suffers. While any single infringement of this kind may be treated as trivial, it is the unanswered accumulation of lost rights that spells calamity for any free society.
The LFDA was created to serve NH citizens and provide a contemporary, interactive forum for learning and talking about issues affecting our state and communities – an innovative, streamlined version of the town hall debates that have endured here for centuries. It also provides powerful tools to connect NH citizens to their legislators, offering links to government officials and committees as well as instructions for communicating with NH government officials effectively. In addition, the LFDA efficiently shares member views with government officials, ultimately forging a new relationship between citizens and their elected officials.
Through these efforts, the LFDA hopes to spark renewed interest in the issues and the civic involvement that has always characterized New Hampshire as a great state in which to live, raise a family, and conduct business.