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, in the form of the annual “town meeting,” when you come out for the day, including a potluck, and discuss and vote on matters of concern.

The Selectmen of the town of Brattleboro have voted that among the items to be considered at Town Meeting is a resolution, submitted to them through a petition drive, on “whether President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should be indicted and arrested for war crimes, perjury or obstruction of justice if they ever step foot in Vermont.” Vermont is the one state Bush hasn’t visited since becoming president seven years ago.