The NH State Constitution contains a whole lot of important, interesting, and intriguing words and ideas that form the foundation of our state government… but for some reason, very few people ever take the time to read it! So here’s the official LIVE FREE AND DRAW comics adaptation — a “Comicstitution” — to help draw out its meaning:
ARTICLES DRAWN TO DATE:
- NH Constitution Article 1: Equality of People; Origin & Object of Government - "All [people] are born equally FREE and INDEPENDENT..."
- NH Constitution Article 2: Natural Rights - Life, liberty, property, happiness... This article has it all.
- NH Constitution Article 2a: The Bearing of Arms - This one's short and to the point.
- NH Constitution Article 3: Society, its Organization and Purposes - Balancing NATURAL RIGHTS with the compromises and exchanges of SOCIETY...
- NH Constitution Article 4: Rights of Conscience Unalienable - Some rights you just can't give away.
- NH Constitution Article 5: Religious Freedom Recognized. - A logical extension of freedom of conscience.
- NH Constitution Article 6: Morality and Piety. - This one explains why public schools and other state institutions don't celebrate any one religion's holidays
- NH Constitution Article 7: State Sovereignty. - State's rights, reserved for the people of NH...
- NH Constitution Article 8: Accountability of Magistrates & Officers; Public’s Right to Know. - Open, accessible government, for the people...
- NH Constitution Article 9: No Hereditary Office or Place - Free elections, not family dynasties!
- NH Constitution Article 10: Right of Revolution. - "The people MAY and of right OUGHT TO..."
- NH Constitution Article 83 (Part 1): Encouragement of Literature, &c. - Important roles of education, literacy, & the arts in democracy:
The COMICStitution of the State of New Hampshire by Marek Bennett [PDF]