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    Peter Garritano thinks it’s time for Vermont to call it quits with America.
    The way the 54-year-old automobile salesman sees it, the “empire” is about to implode and tiny Vermont can lead the way by becoming its own independent republic. So he’s running for lieutenant governor, topping a slate of secession-minded candidates seeking statewide offices this year. Read more…

    January 15, 2010
    Capitol Plaza Hotel
    Montpelier, VT

    Event will be broadcast live on Radio Free Vermont

    “Imagine… Free Vermont”

    For the first time in over 150 years, secession, political independence from the United States of America, will be front and center in a statewide New England political campaign. On Friday, January 15, 2010, Vermont Independence Day, a slate of Vermont independence advocates will announce their candidacy for statewide office at 2:00 p.m. in Boardroom 335 in the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Downtown Montpelier, Vermont.

    Heading the ticket of Vermont independents will be fifth generation Vermonter and Kirby businessman Dennis P. Steele, who is founder and CEO of the well known Internet radio station Radio Free Vermont. Mr. Steele, who is running for Governor, will be joined by Burlington businessman and political activist Peter Garritano, who will announce his candidacy for Lt. Governor. In addition, longtime political activist Dennis Morrisseau will introduce several independents who have agreed to be candidates for one of the thirty State Senate seats which will be open this year.

    What these candidates have in common is a commitment to bring home the Vermont National Guard troops from Afghanistan and Iraq now as well as a commitment to return Vermont to its status as an independent republic as it was between January 15, 1777 and March 4, 1791.

    Few Vermonters realize that secession represents a return to their early nineteenth century roots when New England secessionists led the opposition to the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, the national embargo of 1807, and the War of 1812. New England secessionists also expressed their opposition to a military draft at the Hartford Convention in 1814. Abolitionists in New England urged northern states to disengage from the Union.

    The United States has lost its moral authority. The American Empire has become the largest, wealthiest, most powerful, most materialistic, most racist, most violent empire in history. Vermont patriots hope to regain the moral high ground by seceding from the Union.

    In the words of Dennis Steele, “The gods of the Empire are not the gods of Vermont.”

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