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Vermont: saving America from itself

Posted on Nov 15, 2008 by billsimmon in politics, vermont | 3 Comments

Once again, little Vermont is trying to save America from itself. As of now, Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders — the two senators from Vermont — are the only two US senators saying that they will vote to strip the chairmanship of the homeland security and government affairs senate committee from Joe Lieberman. Lieberman not only endorsed John McCain, but was a surrogate for the campaign and a short-lister for the VP spot on the ticket. He aggressively campaigned against Obama, and even supported down-ticket Republican candidates this election season. For someone who calls himself a Democrat (despite being an independent), that’s pretty bad. There are good reasons to keep Lieberman away from this particular committee, but the Democratic caucus seems poised to give him a total pass for his betrayal.

Listen to Vermont.

Obama got elected, in part, by following a 50-state strategy, having campaign offices in all 50 states and aggressively fighting in traditionally red-state territory. It’s a strategy put in place by outgoing DNC chair Howard Dean.

Listen to Vermont.

Dean was the first major 2004 presidential candidate to be openly opposed to the Iraq War and succeeded in making that election a referendum on the war.

Listen to Vermont.

In pre-9/11 2001, Bush was governing like he had a conservative mandate despite having lost the popular vote (and probably the electoral vote as well) the previous November. The 51-49 majority that the GOP held made that easier for Bush… until Senator Jim Jeffords left the party to caucus with the Dems, shifting the balance of power in the other direction.

Listen to Vermont.

Vermont was the first state to outlaw slavery. The Vermont legislature declared war on Hitler’s Germany a full three months before the attack on Pearl Harbour. Vermont would not to participate in the Mexican-American War, refusing to send troops or supplies to what Vermonters saw as an illegal conflict.

I’m just sayin’: as Vermont goes, so ought to go the nation.



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  1. On November 16, 2008, Jesse Krembs said:

    I think silent Cal said it best:

    “If the spirit of Liberty should vanish in other parts of this Union and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont.”

  2. On November 17, 2008, Steve Fortner said:

    It’s disappointing, but unfortunately hardly surprising, to see the Dems playing so nice. Have to admit I was expecting them to be a bit more emboldened by Obama’s landslide, not to mention how many House and Senate seats Dems picked up in the same election. I hope that the rest of ‘em DO listen to Bernie and Leahy and start treating Lieberman like the apologist for fascism that he is.

  3. On November 17, 2008, Tracey Billado said:

    I love it, Bill! Also–VT was the first state (from its inception) to have universal adult male suffrage with no property qualifications. Yes, too bad it wasn’t extended to women, too, but by comparison, in some areas across the border in NY, property qualifications meant that as little as 10% of adult males could vote. And, of course, VT was the first state to pass a civil unions law.
    At any rate, at least Dorgan (ND) and Carper (DE) have chimed in with Leahy and Sanders in saying that Joe must pay the consequences for such treachery.
    Btw, for those interested in the reaction to those crazy Vermonters’ declaration of war:,9171,766119,00.html?iid=digg_share

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