In Brattleboro, Vermont, it's a safe bet to say that the people of the township have no love for George Bush or his Vice President, Dick Cheney. Echoing rising sentiment around the country, but actually having the tenacity to do something other than talk, the Brattleboro Select Board voted on Friday to vote on whether or not to issue an indictment of both the President and the Vice-President when the town holds it's annual meeting on March 4th.
Put on the March ballot by demands and petitions from the townspeople, the indictment, to include charges of war crimes, would lead to the immediate arrest of both Bush or Cheney should they ever set foot in the town of Brattleboro. Other charges include perjury, and lying the American people into war.
Although it's unclear just what force of law could actually be placed upon such an indictment, the issue that is very foremost in the minds of the townspeople is the message they intend to send to the White House and hopefully to the rest of the country. The message is this. Stand up for your rights America. Don't let them tear up the Constitution without a fight. Will the message sink in? Not if the frightened neo-cons have their way.
So terrified by this ballot measure in little Brattleboro, Vermont, the town's officials have been inundated with death threats from neo-cons across the land. Pouring in by the hundreds, the threats became so worrisome that town officials stopped answering calls, and routed all incoming phone calls to voice mail. Even though the indictment and arrest warrants would probably be unenforceable, according to the town's own officials, this terrifies the neo-con far right to such a degree that they are threatening the people of the town with death in order to try to frighten them into submission. Could it be that the right is afraid of this idea catching on all over the country? Is that the reason the Bush clan bought all of that property in Paraguay? You know, just in case?
The good people of Brattleboro aren't buying into the terror tactics being used by the neo-cons though. They intend to go ahead with their vote, and they fully expect that the measure will pass. Which would be a stunning win for the people in this country who would like to see the rule of law again, and public officials put back in their place.
The public is so angry and so confused as to what has occurred during these past seven years, that they are turning to the only place they have left that will listen, mainly their local public officials. They have to listen, because most of them pass these very same voters on the street every day, and being politicians, they know which way the prevailing wind blows, and know how quickly they can be voted out of office again.
Maybe that's what every township in this country needs to do. Have the guts and the pride to stand up like the citizens of Brattleboro and say "We're mad as hell, and we're not going to take it any more!" Say what you will, but at least they have the courage of their convictions, and if that terrifies the neo-cons so much they must send death threats to try to stop the people from doing their Constitutional duty, then we should all finally realize what the far right has been about all along. Stamping out dissent and the free flow of ideas.
Even if you disagree with the way these people are going about their protest, at least they are doing something other than wish Bush away. They're trying to make it a reality.
Everyone should send these people a vote of support to offset the cowardly threats by the right. Because if they succeed in scaring the town into silence, then we will be complicit in our own loss of freedom to voice our dissent. Oh, by the way. Bush has not set foot in Vermont since 2001. Smart man. Because the freedom loving people of New England are just patriotic enough to actually order the arrest of a President who has only his own and his corporate buddies' interests in mind. Batmanchester