Friday, April 06, 2007

Washington Post Features Vermont Secession & "V" Protest!


Statists claim that the Sunday, April 1, 2007 Washington Post story “The Once and Future Republic of Vermont” by two self-described Vermont secessionists, publisher Ian Baldwin and professor Frank Bryan, was just an April Fools Day joke. However, these excerpts from the article prove it is not:
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Vermont was once an independent republic, and it can be one again. We think the time to make that happen is now. Over the past 50 years, the U.S. government has grown too big, too corrupt and too aggressive toward the world, toward its own citizens and toward local democratic institutions. It has abandoned the democratic vision of its founders and eroded Americans' fundamental freedoms.
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Vermont did not join the Union to become part of an empire.
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Some of us therefore seek permission to leave.
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Vermont seceded from the British Empire in 1777 and stood free for 14 years, until 1791. .. No other state, not even Texas, governed itself more thoroughly or longer before giving up its nationhood and joining the Union...It's quite simple. The United States has destroyed the 10th Amendment, which says that "powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
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The present movement for secession has been gathering steam for a decade and a half. In preparation for Vermont's bicentennial in 1991, public debates -- moderated by then-Lt. Gov. Howard Dean -- were held in seven towns before crowds that averaged 230 citizens. At the end of each, Dean asked all those in favor of Vermont's seceding from the Union to stand and be counted. In town after town, solid majorities stood. The final count: 999 (62 percent) for secession and 608 opposed...
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In October 2005, about 300 Vermonters attended a statewide convention on the question of secession. Six months later, the annual Vermont Poll of the University of Vermont's Center for Rural Studies found that about 8 percent of respondents replied "yes" to peaceful secession, arguably making Vermont foremost among the many states with secessionist movements (including Alaska, California, Hawaii, New Hampshire, SouthCarolina and Texas).
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..Against this backdrop, secessionists from all over the state will gather in June to plan a grass-roots campaign to get at least 200 towns to vote by 2012 on independence.
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I'm sure we can be confidant that the authors and some of their cohorts attended the First North American Secession Convention in Burlington, Vermont last November, 2006.
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Coincidentally, the day before the Post featured a (unlinked) photo from the March 30 "V" protest featured in my blog entry below. We The People Foundation liked my OBEY THE GOVERNMENT - OR WHAT? video and featured it in its list of reports on the event - resulting in 8000 hits in just 5 days. Plus a couple people circulated the link to various lists before I even got a chance to announce it! My first big hit video. Check it out.
Just today someone on a United for Peace and Justice working group list responded to a proposal that Americans should launch a general strike if Bush bombs Iran by stating we should consider secession. That is was a "moral issue." This goes well beyond the usual peace activist threat to raise (nonviolent) hell until Bush/Cheney are impeached and prosecuted if they dare attack Iran.
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I replied: If Hillary is elected and keeps up her warmongering ways not only will anti-war people be ready to secede, so will all the rightwingers and gunowners!
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Yes, we are going to live in interesting times!

2 comments:

Thomas Rowley said...

Carol:

I hope you'll take the time to look at my blog on Vermont secession. The WaPo piece written by SVR members makes no mention of the racism controversy attached to them or the bogus poll that they cite that they bought and paid for. The poll was designed to elicit a "biased" response. Given the fact that the leadership of SVR and VTCommons is comprised of academics like Thomas Naylor, Frank Bryan and Rob Williams, that poll is shameful.

http://vermontsecession.blogspot.com/2007/03/second-vermont-republic-hid-polling.html

http://vermontsecession.blogspot.com/2007/03/questions-about-uvm-2006-vermonter-poll.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Vermont_Republic

Carol Moore Report said...

I just noticed that I let this comment through. Since then, of course, the anonymous blogger who calls himself "Thomas Rowley" (after the 18th century Vermont Indian murderer) has proved to use innuendo, guilt by association, exaggeration and just plain lies to trash people he doesn't like in Vermont - as well as to trash me, including through a whole blog dedicated to trashing me he created. If he really is a well known writer against bigotry, why didn't he expose problems he saw back then? Of course, now having shot his credibility as Rowely, he's probably terrified to even discuss the topic publicly.