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Monday, April 2, 2007

Vermont planning to secede from US

Update (5:30p): Apparently, this article is questionable in validity because of it's April 1st publishing date. Take it as you wish.

Not everyone is going to sit back and wait around for the president to get his act in order. Vermont is considering seceding from the United States. I think it's not a bad idea. From the article:
Over the past 50 years, the U.S. government has grown too big, too corrupt and too aggressive toward the world, toward its own citizens and toward local democratic institutions. It has abandoned the democratic vision of its founders and eroded Americans' fundamental freedoms.
I think that the only way to return the country to a decent state would be to ditch our current government and model a new one after the European Union. The US is simply too big to be controlled in the way it is. Power should be returned to states, where they can cater to the needs of their people, not the country as a whole. Power needs to be removed from the central government because, as Bush has demonstrated, one person has too much power. Europe has it down, why don't we copy them?

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9:34 AM | Posted by mike | 5 comments posted below

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Check the date of that news item.
By Blogger mike3k, at 4/02/2007 01:15:00 PM
True, it is April first, but the washington post does not seem like the type of news source that would put out April Fools publications like that. Also, I dont see any type of disclaimer to it either.

If it is an April Fools joke, it is pretty well done considering that it is entirely possible.
By Anonymous mike, at 4/02/2007 05:16:00 PM
It sounds a bit like the Free State Project ( http://www.freestateproject.org/ ) although that's New Hampshire. I haven't seen it reported anywhere else, or it would be all over the news.
By Blogger Mike, at 4/02/2007 08:46:00 PM
Hello?!?!

Haven't you ever heard of the articles of confederation? The US tried that before the current constitution. Get a grip.
By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/08/2007 01:51:00 AM
Part of the reason that the articles of confederation failed in the first place was because of a lack of long-term planning. The government had zero power over the states, and had no source of revenue. It simply couldn't support its own weight.

I wasn't saying we should go back to that. If you were to model it after the EU, it would give the states the power to make the choices over more local issues. Conservative states could have conservative laws, and liberal states with liberal laws.

With 200 years of experience, people have a better idea of what this country needs. Many things have changed since then, and the point was that perhaps we need to rethink how this country operates because obviously its not working right for everyone.
By Anonymous mike, at 5/08/2007 07:38:00 PM
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