This just in from the Associated Press:
Vermont Town Calls For Bush Impeachment
POSTED: 9:06 pm EST March 7, 2006
NEWFANE, Vt. — A small town is urging Vermont’s only congressman to file articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush.
Voters gathered for Newfane’s annual town meeting Tuesday to conduct routine business and vote on the impeachment call, which passed 121–29.
The impeachment item says Bush misled the nation into the Iraq war and engaged in illegal domestic spying.
A justice of the peace said that the town is run by what he calls the “far-left.”
But a local teacher said she can’t tell students “that what happens on the national level doesn’t affect us at the local level.”
U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders, an independent who generally votes with the Democrats and is running for the Senate, issued a statement that says Bush “has been a disaster for our country” and may have broken the law.
But since Republicans control Congress “it would be impractical to talk about impeachment,” Sanders said.
I know there was news last week of young people leaving Vermont, so I worry a little about the future of that wonderful place. Nevertheless, every time I hear a story like this about those old-fashioned town hall meetings, it reinforces my view that the Green Mountain State is one of the saving graces of the US. Sometimes I feel like it’s one of the last.
According to Google maps, Newfane is about 103 miles (or about 161 kilometers) south of our little plot of land in Waitsfield. Here are both. From an almost-Vermonter (in an alternate reality — one of the ones where Bush never made it to the White House, Pam and I are living there) to the folks in Newfane, thanks. I’m sure that you make at least some Americans like me, all over the world, proud.