A citizen movement committed to restoring Vermont to an independent republic, free to pursue life, liberty and happiness unimpeded by the demands of an imperial, corrupt and disintegrating United States.
In Tom Engelhardt’s new book Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World, he describes the 21st century National Security State (NSS) and the waging of the Global War on Terror (GWOT), that “will not end in our lifetimes,” as Halliburton/V.P. Dick Cheney liked to say. Cheney, proponent of the so-called 1 percent doctrine, believed that if there’s even a 1 percent chance that some country might someday attack us, we should “act as if it is a certainty.”
Clearly, something is amiss.
As we’ve said for 10 years now, the U.S. is no longer a functioning republic, but an out-of-control Empire run by a “shadow government” (what Peter Dale Scott calls the “Deep State”) on behalf of Wall Street and the military/industrial/Terror complex.
Here are some data points:
The U.S. “defense” budget is bigger than the next thirteen countries combined.
The U.S. navy has 11 aircraft carrier strike groups (no other country has more than 2).
Homeland Security and the NSA sweep up “nearly five billion records a day on the whereabouts of cell phones around the world.”
U.S. weapons makers controlled 78% of the global arms market in 2012.
The U.S. owns and operates between 730 and 1,000 military bases in 150+ countries around the world.
We could on at length. Instead, we’d rather point to solutions on this Vermont Independence Day.
Decentralization. Devolution. Re-localization. This is the best path before us.
Free Vermont, and long live the Untied States!