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TNT MadDog
Monday, February 26, 2007 05:10 pm


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

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

And with the neo-con takeover of Washington , including all
its branches
of government that transforming America into a one-party
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 citizen\'s resolution:

\"Be it resolved that the state of Vermont peacefully and
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
political climate secession will not only succeed but will

This could only happen in Vermont where people are still
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
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

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
international indigenous people.

\"Secession is one of the most politically charged words in
thanks to Abraham Lincoln,\" said Naylor, adding he had been
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

\"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
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
big markets and big government and I want to do so

What started out as Naylor\'s little fantasy to have an
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

\"I,m getting calls from all over the country supporting our
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

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-
business, being the only one not allowing a McDonald\'s in
the entire

\"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
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

With most Vermont politicians, including the Congressional
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.
independence convention included Professor Frank Bryan of
the University
of Vermont; Kirkpatrick Sale, author of Human Scale; J.
Graffagnino, executive director of theVermont Historical
Professor Eric Davis, Middlebury College; Shay Totten,
editor of the
Vermont Guardian; and Dr. Rob Williams of Champlain

\"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people\'s minds.\"

Samuel Adams