VERMONT TALKS SECESSION
PATRIOTS PASS RESOLUTION TO LEAVE UNION
Mon, Nov 07, 2005
The neo-conservatives running Washington, trampling on civil rights at
home and invading countries overseas, have left a group of Vermont
freedom fighters with no choice but to secede from the United States.
On Oct. 28, at the state capitol 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.
More than 400 people gathered in the Vermont statehouse to start 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, "Whenever any form of government becomes destructive, it
is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and to institute new
With the neo-con takeover of Washington, transforming America into a
one-party dictatorship, that's what the resolution passed in Vermont
seeks to do, according to members of the growing grassroots group, the
Second Vermont Republic.
The measure is the first step in a long process that needs support
from the state legislators, as well as an officially recognized
The resolution states in part: "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 Jan. 15, 1777,and March 4, 1791."
Critics give the secession group "a snowball's chance in hell" of
succeeding. But organizers say that, in today's tyrannical political
climate, secession will succeed and 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, head of the group. "We have a lot going
for us and if you think about it, we have a lot in common with
movement, which many said would never succeed."
He added: "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
can also tell you there is now closet support in the legislature, and
we are serious about getting the support needed to secede from the
Naylor, a former Duke University economics professor, said from his
Vermont home that statewide independence is really a euphemism for
secession, adding Vermont will also seek to join the group of
Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, similar to the Lakota
"Secession is one of the most politically charged words in America,
thanks to Abraham Lincoln," said Naylor. He said he has been writing
about secession for 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," he added.
"[Secession] first involves denunciation that the United States has
lost its moral authority and is unsustainable, ungovernable and
unfixable," he said.
"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, [there is] 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 fantasy, to have an independent country
made up of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, has already grown from a
small group of 36 supporters several years ago to a packed House
chamber in the state's capitol. 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 movementAlaska and Hawaii being the best examplesI think
Vermont really has the best chance at succeeding at seceding."
The Vermont independence convention was held in Montpelier, the
smallest state capital in the United States. But what this town lacks
in size is more than made up for by its reputation as being one of the
most fiercely independent and anti-big business towns in the country.
Montpelier is the only capital city to have prevented McDonald's from
building one of its fast food restaurants inside the city limits.
"First and foremost, we want out of the United States. It's not just
an anti-Bush statement. If [Sen. John] 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."
Most Vermont politicians, including the congressional delegation, have
ignored the grassroots secession movement. However, Vermont 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 our state, even as we
approach federal and national issues."
Others who spoke at the Oct. 28 independence convention included
Professor Frank Bryan of the University of Vermont; author Kirkpatrick
Sale; J. Kevin Graffagnino, executive director of the Vermont
Historical Society; Professor Eric Davis of Middlebury College; Shay
Totten, editor of The Vermont Guardian; and Dr. Rob Williams of
[ AFP ]