Wednesday, March 08, 2006My Sweet Vermont
In five Vermont communities, a centuries-old tradition of residents gathering in town halls to conduct local business became a vehicle to send a message to Washington: Impeach the president.
An impeachment article, approved by a paper ballot 121-29 in Newfane Tuesday, calls on Vermont's lone member of the U.S. House, independent Rep. Bernie Sanders, to file articles of impeachment against President Bush, alleging he misled the nation into the Iraq war and engaged in illegal domestic spying.
At least four other Vermont towns, spurred by publicity about Newfane's resolution, endorsed similar resolutions during Tuesday's meetings: Brookfield, Dummerston, Marlboro and Putney.
Newfane, Dummerston, Marlboro, Putney. I know them all well, especially the second-to-last one. (My mother will remember Newfane as the heartwarmingly quaint image of Perfect New England we visited when last she went there.) Did you know that Vermont has lost more soldiers per capita to the Iraq war than any other state? On a per-person basis, one of the states that most opposed the war and its architects has sacrificed the most to feed it. I'd wager that's a pattern you'd find repeated across society.
No, obviously it doesn't accomplish anything. But damn am I proud of Vermont today. |