Announcement Speech 

Imagine… Free Vermont

Dennis Steele

January 15th 2010

James Madison once said…

“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy!”

All of us here know that this is what is happening. The main stream media has convinced us that peace is a dream and war is a reality. We live in a nation that is asleep at the wheel and where the hearts are growing cold like ice.

War does nothing but bring the many under the domination of the few.

I for one am not going to put up with this anymore.

I am pissed!

I will not stand by while my children and all of Vermont’s other children are indoctrinated into the military industrial complex.


I am a 5th generation Vermonter,

U.S. Army Veteran

small business man

and father of two young children.

I am not going betray my children or the people of Vermont by staying silent!

I am so fed up with our status quo leaders. Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Congressman Peter Welch who pretend to be opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and yet they do nothing to bring them to an end.

In fact I am not just fed up! I am disgusted with the way they allow themselves to be manipulated by Corporate America, Goldman Sachs and the Israeli Lobby.

For me it is about doing the right thing.

For them it is about playing the game and if they are wining or losing.

The Republicans want to steal our money

The Democrats want to give it all away.

The middle ground has been compromised and common sense has been lost.

The lawmen in D.C. act like the bills they write are non of our business!

The politicians get a stake while the common man keeps eating shit and grinning.

Calvin Coolidge may have been the last honest president of the U.S.A. and as he once said…

“If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the Union, and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont.” Calvin Coolidge

Vermont is where we must take our stand against this tyranny!

Vermont is where we will bring about change!

Vermont is where we will restore liberty!

Vermont is where we will restore freedom!

Vermont is where this can be done!

The future of our children and our culture is at stake!

The invisible chains of the federal government have reached deep into our communities at the heart of our culture. Locally controlled and funded schools are the foundation of local culture! The federal government has systematically dismantled our local school control. Small local schools are the bedrock of local culture.

Ethan Allen once said that, “The Gods of the hills are not the Gods of the Valley.”

Well I say the Gods of the American Empire are not the Gods of Vermont! (Pause Pause)

So what are we going to do about it? (Pause)

The Declaration of Independence is a secessionist document….(Pause)

It is time. We are the ones we have been waiting for!

Secession is our only alternative to the over reaching powers of a corrupt federal government.

Let’s face it the system is broken. Therefore it is UN-governable.

Secession must be used to restore liberty!

I get sick and tired of people telling me that I am un-American or a radical.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you are unpatriotic, un-American, anti-American or a radical.

I put forth to you that we are the true patriots… we are the true Americans.

We are the voices of the anti-federalists!

We are the revolutionaries!

I say we need to bring about the dissolution of the the Union.

When this has been completed and the federal government has been completely dismantled…

then if we the people… choose to…

we the people… can call for a Third Continental Congress to determine… if we the people… wish to form a new union.

We are the the real patriots… we are the real Americans! is where you can learn more about the campaign, how to participate and how you can contribute financially to its success.
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One of my favorite Apple Computer Commercials captures the essence of our movement. This I dedicate to Bill McKibben one of the most severe critics of the Vermont independence movement.

Here’s to the crazy ones.

The misfits.

The rebels.

The troublemakers.

The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules.

And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.

Because they change things.

They push the human race forward.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

In the words of John Lennon,

Imagine… Free Vermont

Certain Phrases in this speech have been adapted from the lyrics of the musicians played on Radio Free Vermont including… Drew Landry, Kate Boverman, Ethan Miller, Toubab Krewe and Tracey Forest