posted on Jan, 25 2005 @ 09:54 PM
I was not aware that defending freedom and liberty at home from creeping fascism was a partisan exercise.
As to gun ownership, perhaps you’ve never been to Vermont. There is currently a movement in Vermont led by Thomas Naylor to secede from the union.
Vermont is one of the most liberal states in the union and does not adhere well to the idea that liberals do not own guns because they are afraid of
The following are excerpts from an article by Christopher Ketcham titled Long Live Secession!
“It has no death penalty and virtually no gun-control laws, yet remains one of the least violent jurisdictions in America. It has no military bases,
no strategic resources, few military contractors. All three members of its congressional delegation voted against the Iraq war resolution.”
“Vermont is rural and wild, with the highest percentage of unpaved roads in the nation, the highest percentage of residents living in the
countryside; it was the first state to ban billboards alongside highways. It is rebellious: It fathered Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys and
200 years later elected Howard Dean. With its vigorous environmental-impact laws, Vermont fended off the depredations of Wal-Mart superstores longer
than any other state; Montpelier is the only state capital in America without a McDonald's restaurant. Following mock secession debates in seven
Vermont towns in 1990, all seven voted for secession.”
“Naylor is a pacifist and will not take up arms, though he admits that Vermont, with its mountains and forests, and high gun ownership among an
historically contrarian people, is ideal ground for a guerrilla insurgency." This is a call for nonviolent revolt against the world's global
superpower by 608,000 people," he says. "What will the superpower do? Will it burn off the sugar maple trees? Will it destroy all the
black-and-white Holstein cows? Just imagine trying to enslave independent-minded Vermonters."
You can find the article here but you will have to click through an advertisement:
It is probably not very significant that there is a secession movement in Vermont (and elsewhere) for the purpose of this watch, but I think it is
significant that Salon.com published this article. They must have felt it was timely.