Take Back the State

To the Editor: On November 20, 2007, Phyllis Bennis presented a lecture about THE AMERICAN EMPIRE at St. Michaels College in Colchester. The empire is a series of 750 to 1,000 U.S. military outposts around the globe to ensure the friendliness of host nations to American Big Business. The latest armed outposts are under construction in Iraq, with 4 Burlington-sized fortresses supporting 10 smaller bases throughout Iraq. "Does this sound like the work of a government who is intending to pack up and leave? I dont think so," she exclaimed. Ms. Bennis is a widely acclaimed Middle East expert at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. It appears that this is the reality behind Bushs never-ending claim of bringing Democracy to Iraq. Needless to say, Republicans and Democrats support this American imperialism as if they were one party. Ms. Bennis "sees little hope in any political shuffles" in November 2008. What can we Vermonters do to stop this mindless waste of blood and taxes to help some big U.S. corporations exploit people and resources around the globe? Replace all demopublican professional career politicians with single-term independent candidates. To this end, we are calling a 2008 Independent Candidates Caucus on Monday afternoonfrom 2 pm to 6 pm on January 14, 2008 on the floor of the House of Representatives Chambers in Montpelier. We invite all Vermont voters willing to run for office as independents. Observers (including media representatives, persons not registered to vote, committed Republicans, committed Democrats, and lesser-evil voters) are asked to sit in the gallery, to facilitate show-of-hands vote counting. We need to nominate up to 188 independents, to replace Congressman Peter Welch, salary $165,200 per year, Governor Jim Douglas $150,067, Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie $ 63,701, Attorney General William H. Sorrell $113,915, State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding $95,156, Sec. of State Deborah L. Markowitz $95,156, and State Auditor Thomas M. Salmon $ 95,156, and of course 30 state senators and 150 state representatives, each paid $600 per week (plus mileage, meals & lodging) for 4 months each year. We plan to establish a 2008 ICC web site soon, to be announced shortly. Peter D. Moss, co-convenor
William C. Brueckner, co-convenor
Fairfax, Vermont Waterbury, Vermont

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