In return for the support the Vermont political Left receives from the American Empire for its social agenda including abortion, gay rights, and affirmative action, the Vermont Left turns a blind eye towards the egregious behavior of Corporate America, Wall Street, and the Pentagon and provides implicit support for a foreign policy which embraces globalization, full spectrum dominance, imperial overstretch, and unconditional support for the Israeli military machine. Underlying this hypocritical stance are six myths:
Bernie Sanders. One of the most important myths is that Senator Bernie Sanders, the darling of the Vermont Left, is a political liberal. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Sanders is a technofascist war monger disguised as a progressive. He has done everything within his power to keep the myth of Islamic terrorism alive. He supports the illegal wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen; Israeli genocide against the Palestinians; the deployment of the Vermont National Guard troops abroad; F-35 fighter jets at $115 million a pop; a Vermont based drone aircraft center; and recruitment to Vermont of a firm which designs, manufactures, and tests weapons of mass destruction – all to prevent Vermont from being attacked by Islamic terrorists.
Sanders loves to rail against Corporate America, Wall Street, and the super-rich, but does little to constrain their power and influence.
Single Payer Health Care. Governor Peter Shumlin has convinced the political Left in Vermont and elsewhere that Vermont will soon have the first single payer health care system in America. This is utter fantasy. The recent health care legislation passed by the Vermont Legislature not only fails to specify the exact nature of the proposed system but completely ducks all questions related to how much it will cost or how it will be financed. It is pure pie-in-the-sky.
The demand for health care services in the U.S. is driven by fear of death and the supply side by greed. When fear of death meets greed, the sky is the limit in terms of health care costs. They can only spiral upwards. There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that either Governor Shumlin or the Vermont Legislature grasp this fundamental concept.
Vermont Yankee. Since the Vermont Legislature passed a resolution calling for the shutdown of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in 2012, most left-leaning Vermonters assume the plant will be closed by its owner Entergy Corporation next year. What this view fails to consider is that the U.S. government, including the Supreme Court, is owned, operated, and controlled by Wall Street and Corporate America. The conservative controlled Supreme Court always favors Corporate America over the will of the people.
Barack Obama. Notwithstanding the fact that Barack Obama is in bed with Wall Street, Corporate America, the Pentagon, and the Likud government of Israel, Vermont Democrats and Progressives seem to still think that he walks on water. Obama is essentially a smirk free George W. Bush. But because he is so much more intelligent and more articulate than Bush, he is, therefore, much more dangerous. Most Vermonters just don’t get it.
Israel. There are few states other than Vermont in which the American Israeli Political Action Committee has been more successful in convincing the electorate that Israel deserves special attention. Few left-wing Vermonters seem to be aware of the fact that for over 60 years Israel has engaged in acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians. Anyone who has the audacity to question the U.S. government’s unconditional support of Israel is said to be a racist, anti-Semite.
Federal Government. Perhaps the greatest myth of them all is the belief that only the U.S. government can solve all of our problems all of the time, failing to realize that the U.S. government is indeed the problem.
Thomas H. Naylor
June 25, 2011
Founder of the Second Vermont Republic and Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University; co-author of Affluenza, Downsizing the USA, and The Search for Meaning.