The members of a peaceful freedom-fighting group want no part of neo-cons
running the imperialistic U.S. government. Plan to secede from the U.S. gaining
momentum in the fiercely independent Green Mountain state.
The neo-con band of criminals running Washington, trampling on civil rights
at home and invading countries at will overseas, has led a large group of strong-minded
Vermont freedom-fighters with no choice but to secede from the United States.
And last Friday at the state capital building in Montpelier, a historic independence
convention was held, the first of its kind in the United States since May 20,
1861, when North Carolina decided to leave the Union.
A packed House Chamber in the Vermont statehouse, with more than 400 gathered,
started the daylong secession convention with a speech by keynote James Howard
Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency, and ended with a resolution passed to
secede from the United States.
Most people think of secession as impossible if not treasonous, but the concept
is deeply rooted in the Declaration of Independence, reminding us that “Whenever
any form of government becomes destructive, it is the Right of the People to
alter or abolish it and to institute new government.”
And with the neo-con takeover of Washington, including all its branches of
government that transforming America into a one-party dictatorship, that’s
exactly what the resolution passed in Vermont seeks to do by members of grassroots
movement growing in numbers daily.
Although the resolution is the first step in the long process that needs support
from the state legislators – as well as an officially recognized convention
- the grass roots group called the Second Vermont Republic passed the following
“Be it resolved that the state of Vermont peacefully and democratically
free itself from the United States of America and return to its natural status
as an independent republic as it was between January 15, 1777 and March 4, 1791.”
Even though critics give the secession group ‘a snowball’s chance
in hell,’ organizers are firmly convinced in the present-day tyrannical
political climate secession will not only succeed but will prosper.
‘This could only happen in Vermont where people are still fiercely independent
and fed up with the course the American government is taking,” said Thomas
Naylor, the head of the group calling itself the Second Republic of Vermont.
“We have a lot going for us and if you think about it, we have a lot in
common with Poland’s Solidarity movement, who many said would never succeed.
“But Poland did get its freedom, mainly because it was a country liked
around the world, sort of like how people in America feel about Vermont. When
people think of Vermont, they have a warm and fuzzy feeling, an image of black
and white Holstein cows and beautiful scenery. I can also tell you there is
now closet support in the legislature now and we are serious about getting the
support needed to secede from the United States.’
Naylor, a former Duke University economics professor, said from his Vermont
home this week that statewide independence is really a euphemism for secession,
adding Vermont also will seek to join the group of Unrepresented Nations similar
to the Lakota Indians and other international indigenous people.
“Secession is one of the most politically charged words in America, thanks
to Abraham Lincoln,” said Naylor, adding he had been writing about secession
for the better part of 10 years but the movement picked up tremendous steam
after 9/11. “Secession really combines a radical act of rebellion grounded
in fear and anger with a positive vision for the future.
“It represents an act of faith that the new will be better than the old.
The decision to secede necessarily involves a very personal, painful four-step
decision process. It first involves denunciation that the United States has
lost its moral authority and is unsustainable, ungovernable and unfixable. Second,
there is disengagement or admitting ‘I don’t want to go down with
the Titanic. Third, there is demystification that secession really is a viable
option constitutionally, politically and economically. And finally, defiance,
saying ‘I personally want to help take Vermont back from big business,
big markets and big government and I want to do so peacefully.’”
What started out as Naylor’s little fantasy to have an independent country
made up of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, has already grown from a small
group of 36 several years ago to a packed House Chamber in the state’s
capital. Claiming to have a membership of 160 as of last April, Naylor said
the numbers have doubled or even tripled.
“”I’m getting calls from all over the country supporting
our movement,” said Naylor. “Although there are more than 20 states
with some kind of secession movement, Alaska and Hawaii being the best examples,
I think Vermont really has the best chance at succeeding at seceding.”
Besides holding the Vermont independence convention in Montpelier, the smallest
state capital city in the United States, it also has the reputation as being
the most fiercely independent and anti- big business, being the only one not
allowing a McDonald’s in the entire country.
“First and foremost, we want out of the United States. It’s not
just an anti-Bush statement and if Kerry was elected, we still would have wanted
out,” said Naylor. “The reality is that we have a one party system
in this country, called the Republican party, that is owned and operated and
controlled by corporate America. So it’s not just a Bush protest, but
a protest against the Empire.
Although many critics have said the mighty U.S. would not stand for Vermont’s
secession, Naylor as will as others disagree, including Jim Hogue, a talk show
host on Vermont Public radio.
“There’s nothing they would want here. There’s no oil, just
mountains. We’re just not important enough. We’re funny, we’re
small and we’re peaceful,” said Hogue several months ago in an article
in the Montreal Gazette.
With most Vermont politicians, including the Congressional delegation, ignoring
the grassroots secession movement or just laughing it off as good theatre, Vermont’s
Lt. Gov., Brian Dubie, has weighed in on the issue, giving it a certain amount
of merit but stopping short of outright support.
“I really salute their energy and passion,” he said in a local
press interview. “we have an obligation to think of what is in our best
interest as a state and for the people of out state, even as we approach federal
and national issues.”
Besides Naylor and Kuntsler, others who spoke at the Oct. 28 independence convention
included Professor Frank Bryan of the University of Vermont; Kirkpatrick Sale,
author of Human Scale; J. Kevin Graffagnino, executive director of theVermont
Historical Society; Professor Eric Davis, Middlebury College; Shay Totten, editor
of the Vermont Guardian; and Dr. Rob Williams of Champlain College.