Carolyn McKinney - The true radicals are trying to stop Speaker O’Brien

By Carolyn McKinney, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire

There is no doubt that House Speaker William O’Brien’s leadership was instrumental in the historic achievements of the just finished Legislature, and for no other reason, his political opponents have targeted the man and tried to make him appear the enemy. 

But quite clearly, Speaker O’Brien’s reelection to the House Speaker role will ensure New Hampshire’s present course toward liberty and prosperity, which will encourage more people toward their greatest potential and reduce dependency on government.

History has shown that when government is lean and effective—doing what the Constitution says it should and nothing more—it leaves more money for people to pursue their own goals and dreams while helping others along the way.

A limited, affordable government was the promise America’s founders gave us so we could create a society where everyone has the opportunity to prosper. It is this promise that Speaker O’Brien has been working to restore in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire voters who have been clamoring for “jobs and the economy” can do nothing other than fully support Speaker O’Brien because his agenda will help create the conditions our state’s economy desperately needs to thrive enough to stimulate private-sector job creation.

Yet, because of his courage to outspokenly pursue limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility and free markets, Speaker O’Brien has been ridiculed incessantly for the past two years. He’s been called a radical, a bully, a tyrant and he was even compared to one of the most infamous murderers who once ruled Germany.

While we all know political rhetoric can be heated at times, the attacks on Speaker O’Brien were far from acceptable in civil society, and it’s about time that someone called out the Speaker’s opponents for the radicals they are.

In Saul Alinksy’s book, “Rules for Radicals,” the community organizer spells out effective methods radicals can use to achieve their goals. Among the most relevant rules to this discussion are number 13, “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it;” number five, “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon [because] it is almost impossible to counterattack;” and number eight, “Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.”

While the Democrats and liberal Republicans have effectively used these radical tactics against Speaker O’Brien during the past two years to attempt to stymie his agenda, there is one countermeasure that undermines their approach, and that is the truth.

The Speaker’s enemies have been relentless in their attacks against Speaker O’Brien because they do not have solutions of their own that will actually help people achieve their dreams in New Hampshire. These liberal Democrats and liberal Republicans don’t have a real way to create jobs and stimulate the economy; they only know how to take more of your money to fund one failed program after another. For this reason alone, the Speaker’s enemies are doing everything in their power to prevent his agenda for New Hampshire from taking hold. They thrive on the power of big government and its rules and regulations. They enjoy the thrill of telling other people how to live their lives, and they tell themselves they know better than you how you should live your own life. They even think they know best how to spend the money you’ve earned. Theirs is the truly dangerous and radical agenda. 

In truth, Speaker O’Brien knows better than his liberal critics. Speaker O’Brien knows that the best way to restore liberty and prosperity in New Hampshire is to take power away from government bureaucrats and return it to you; to take money away from unnecessary or failing programs and return it to you; and to remove all legal impediments standing between you and the good life and let you achieve whatever you choose to work for.

These are not radical ideas; these are the ideas that led our nation to the greatest prosperity the world has ever known. And they will again if Speaker O’Brien is able to continue his work. 

It is with confidence in Speaker O’Brien’s leadership and a sense of urgency that we must continue down the path on which he and the Legislature have set us that I offer my full endorsement for Speaker O’Brien for state representative, and upon reelection, for House Speaker. Without hesitation I can say that any alternative would be intolerable to those of us who truly want economic prosperity and the jobs that come with it.