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October 22, 2005

Time to Secede from the Union?

-- by Thomas Leavitt

Veteran readers of this publication will recall my suggestion for the formation of a "West Coast Republic" (California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia - perhaps modeled on Canada's loosely coupled federal system), shortly after the fall 2004 election results were revealed. It appears that some folks in Vermont are seriously considering seceding from the Union. They're not the only folks discussing this, either (as a quick search for secede on Google will reveal).

As I've pointed out before, according to what I've read, California sends $40 billion more to D.C. than we get back... money which would go a huge way towards addressing our state and local budget issues. Not to mention allowing us to pursue domestic and foreign policies more in alignment with the values of California citizens, and a government at least marginally more accountable to the average citizen than the current one.

Full text of release:

For Immediate Release.
Monday, October 15, 2005
To register for this free event, please contact Jane Dwinell at
802.229.4008/info@vermontrepublic.com
For press inquiries, please contact Dr. Rob Williams at
802.279.3364/webeditor@vermontrepublic.com

THE VERMONT INDEPENDENCE CONVENTION
An Impossible Dream or a Vision of the Future?

State House
Montpelier, Vermont
October 28, 2005

James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency, will be the keynote speaker at The Vermont Convention on Independence to be held in the House Chamber of the State House in Montpelier on Friday October 28th. Sponsored by the Second Vermont Republic, the convention, which will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m., is open to the public and free of charge.

This historic event will be the first statewide convention on secession in the United States since North Carolina voted to secede from the Union on May 20, 1861.

Other speakers will include Professor Frank Bryan, UVM; Kirkpatrick Sale, author of Human Scale, J. Kevin Graffagnino, Executive Director, Vermont Historical Society; Professor Eric Davis, Middlebury College; Shay Totten, editor, Vermont Guardian; Antoine Robitaille, journalist Le Devoir (Quebec City); G. Roderick Lawrence, CEO, Stevenson Kellogg(Canada); (Rev.) Ben T. Matchstick; and General Ethan Allen (aka Jim Hogue). General Allen is expected to travel by horse to the State House.

The objectives of the convention are! twofold. First, to raise the level of awareness of Vermonters of the feasibility of independence as a viable alternative to a nation which has lost its moral authority and is unsustainable. Second, to provide an example and a process for other states and nations which may be seriously considering separatism, secession, independence, and similar devolutionary strategies.

The Second Vermont Republic is a peaceful, democratic, grassroots, libertarian populist movement committed to the return of Vermont to its status as an independent republic as it once was between 1777 and 1791.

For additional information, contact Thomas H. Naylor at 802-425-4133 or Jane Dwinell at 802-229-4008, info@vermontrepublic.com

Posted by Thomas Leavitt at October 22, 2005 6:03 PM

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