Vermont Politics

Vermont politics are unique. It is, I think, the only state that requires a “Freeman’s Oath” upon registering to vote (at least, that’s what it was called for over two hundred years; since 1994 is has been called a “Voter’s Oath” thanks to an “inclusive language” bill). It also has democracy at its most basic,…

“Stupid, Unjust, and Criminal”

That’s part of the title of Andrew Greeley’s latest book: A Stupid, Unjust and Criminal War: 2001-2007. He’s referring to Iraq. Reviewed by Tom Roberts at NCR. No pacifist, Fr. Greeley nonetheless understands that even in what might be necessary wars, virtue is ultimately sacrificed on the battlefield. “War sucks everyone and everything into its…