October 28, 2005


Blue-state blue about path of USA, some Vermonters want out (David Gram, October 28, 2005, AP)

A car parked outside the Statehouse bore a bumper sticker saying, "Regime change begins at home."

Inside, about 100 Vermonters gathered in the House chamber for the Vermont Independence Convention -- devoted to Vermont creating a regime of its own.

If participants have their way, the state whose former governor was laughed out of the 2004 presidential race after the infamous Iowa scream is going to take what some call its wackiness and others call its sanity in a crazy world and go home.

Home to the 14 years in the late 18th century when Vermont was neither a British colony nor one of the original 13 states but was an independent republic.

Texas gets more notice as a Lone Star State, but Vermont shares with it the distinction of having gone it alone for a while. Friday's event was steeped in that history, and an urge to try it again.

Reconquering and reconstructing it would be fun anyway.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 28, 2005 7:06 PM

Pro: Three less electoral votes for Hillary (or whoever the Democrats run) in 2008.

Con: Bernie Sanders gets to deliver long-winded addresses to the U.N. General Assembly. Stays at hotel in Harlem with chickens in room.

Posted by: John at October 28, 2005 7:23 PM

Why would we wish to get involved in such a quagmire?

Posted by: Brandon at October 28, 2005 7:23 PM

Vermont: Where the only virgin wool comes from the sheep that can outrun the Socialists and the Nature Lovers.

And it'll provide various reinactment societies a chance to do Sherman's March with all the trimmings.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 28, 2005 7:33 PM

Give it to Canada in exchange for Alberta or one of the other westernmost provinces.

Posted by: AWW at October 28, 2005 8:36 PM

Has anyone asked Howard Dean what he thinks about all this? Bet it would be quite a sound bite.

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at October 28, 2005 10:15 PM


It's actually just boilerplate:


He too is depressed.

Posted by: oj at October 28, 2005 10:21 PM

Ed - that would be something if Dean was prevented from running for President in '08 because his state seceded from the US.

Posted by: AWW at October 28, 2005 10:43 PM

I didn't go to this thing. Not just because I had grownup obligations to my job, but I also felt that I was so enraged by these people that I probably would have gotten myself arrested. Brawling in the streets with Johnny Reb really isn't acceptable behavior. I'm glad that only 100 people showed up for this. It shows that, as I said before, the majority of Vermonters sneer at the secessionists.

Posted by: Bryan at October 29, 2005 6:33 AM

So what plans do you have in mind for the reconstruction?

Posted by: Jim Miller at October 29, 2005 8:44 AM

More farms, less ski areas.

Posted by: oj at October 29, 2005 8:48 AM

But remember -- Vermont is the Saudi Arabia of maple syrup. This won't seem so funny when OSEC (Organization of Syrup Exporting Countries) puts the screws on.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at October 29, 2005 10:01 AM

I'm more worried about how the Coast Guard is going to handle all those boatloads of refugees streaming across Lake Champlain in their makeshift rafts made up of downed maple trees...

Posted by: John at October 29, 2005 11:09 AM

Breaking OSEC's monopoly should be our primary reason to invade and occupy Canada. Then they'll be surrounded.

Downed maple trees? In the Really Green Green Mountain Republic? More likely they'll be empty Ben & Jerry's containers held together with hemp rope.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 29, 2005 1:07 PM