The Second Vermont Republic, Vermont’s flagship secessionist group, just may be the most radical political movement in the history of the United States—more radical than the Second Continental Congress (1776), the Confederate States of America (1861-1865), the Communist Party, and the plethora of anti-war and civil rights organizations which emerged in the late 1960s.
The Second Continental Congress called for secession from the British Empire and the Confederate States for secession from the Union. The Communist Party and some of the anti-war movements of the 60s were often accused of advocating the violent overthrow of the U.S. government and wanting to replace it with a government of their own making.
According to the dictionary the term “radical” means going to the root of something. In the case of the United States, the root cause of all of our problems is the American Empire itself. Supporters of the Second Vermont Republic (SVR) are neither interested in overthrowing, replacing, reforming, nor fixing the U.S. government, but rather in dissolving it. We not only want to peaceably secede from the Union, but we support the peaceable dissolution of the largest, wealthiest, most powerful, most materialistic, most racist, most militaristic, most violent empire of all-time. We want to take it out of its misery and stop the misery it inflicts on others.
By far the two most successful political movements of the twentieth century were the anti-war movement and the civil rights movement of the late 60s. The anti-war movement was energized by images of body bags and flag-draped coffins each night on the evening news, innocent civilians being torched by napalm in Vietnam, and college students resisting the draft. In the high-tech, sanitized wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have the illusion that no one ever dies. The civil rights movement was driven by the high-profile acts of violence in the South during the 1960s. Secession is a much tougher sell than peace and justice, the defining metaphors for the anti-war and civil rights movements respectively.
The defining images for the American Empire are McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, New York City, Goldman Sachs, pilotless drones, suicide bombers in Iraq, and the U.S. supported Israeli military machine. It’s all about money, power, and greed as well as military might, full spectrum dominance, and imperial overstretch.
If you really want to grasp what’s going on in America says trends forecaster Gerald Celente, you have to focus your attention on the alumni of Harvard, Princeton and Yale who make all of the big decisions about “bullets, bombs, and banks.” It’s the only game in town.
The three biggest challenges to the Vermont independence movement are the Obama effect, the Tea Party effect, and the McKibben effect. Two-thirds of Vermonters still believe that Obama is doing a good job. They just don’t get it. Obama is a smiling technofascist, military hawk disguised as a liberal Democrat. The Tea Party, Tenth Amendment, Sovereignty, and Nullification movements are all kid’s stuff—much ado about nothing. Environmentalist Bill McKibben has conned thousands of left-wing Vermonters into believing that political independence is an impossible dream without first achieving energy and food independence. A glance at Japan, which has the second largest economy in the world, makes it abundantly clear that this is not so.
Nothing could be more radical that tiny Vermont confronting history’s most omnipotent and intrusive empire. Vermont will never achieve its radical objectives alone. However, it may be able to sew the seeds of doubt about an empire which embraces endless wars, multi-trillion dollar deficits, Wall Street corruption and greed, suppression of civil liberties, and a culture of deceit.
Unlike most Americans, Vermonters are actually doing something to regain their freedom. A dozen of them are running for statewide office as open secessionists. They include candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, and the State Legislature. They deserve your support.
Although the David and Goliath nature of Vermont’s independence movement has attracted a lot of national attention, precious little financial support has been forthcoming from freedom loving Americans who seem to be unwilling to put their money where their mouths are. Unfortunately moral support alone will not enable Vermont to lead the nation into disunion.
If you truly believe in state sovereignty and independence, then support the candidates of the Vermont independence movement. Support the Second Vermont Republic.
Thomas H. Naylor
April 20, 2010