The Hill reported that… “Brian Dubie and Independent Dennis Steele dominate the Vermont gubernatorial debate.”
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Now that the recount is done and Peter Shumlin has been crowned the Democratic nominee, the general election campaign can be truly said to have begun. In that spirit, the first Gubernatorial debate has been announced, and, disappointingly, Dennis has not received an invitation. Taking place at 8am on Monday, September 13th on the Charlie and Ernie show on 620am WVMT radio, it is being billed on Brian Dubie’s website as a forum where “Vermonters can compare the policy proposals, records and leadership styles of the two candidates.” If you believe that Vermonters deserve to hear more than two voices in this election, please get in tough with WVMT and ask that they include Dennis in their debate tomorrow! The show’s email is [email protected]
Thanks for your support and Imagine… Free Vermont!
When I imagine Free Vermont I think of a small European like country, the majestic beauty of its Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, as well as its classic red barns, covered bridges, and picturesque patchwork pattern of small farms, black-and-white Holsteins, tiny villages, little rivers, ridges, hollows, and dirt roads.
I also think of small, sustainable, socially responsible, environmentally friendly farms, towns, businesses, schools, and health centers free of government interference. The Free Vermont which I envision will have its own custom designed, decentralized, compassionate, human scale health care, social security, social welfare, and law enforcement systems. It will support a voluntary citizens’ brigade to reduce tension and restore order in the event of civil unrest and to provide assistance when natural disasters occur.
Free Vermont will have an efficient network of railroad passenger trains connecting Bennington, Rutland, Burlington, and St. Albans with Montpelier, White River Junction, and Brattleboro with links to Boston, New York and Montreal.
I envisage a politics of human scale epitomized by the Vermont village green where people meet to chat, have a coffee, a glass of wine, or a bite to eat; read a newspaper; listen to music; smell the flowers; and pass the time away. As always, the village green will remain neat, clean, democratic, nonviolent, noncommercial, egalitarian, and humane. A mirror image of the way America once was, but no longer knows how to be.
And then there is my beloved Northeast Kingdom, the real Vermont. The Kingdom provides a communitarian alternative to the dehumanized, mass-production, mass-consumption, overregulated, narcissistic lifestyle which pervades most of America – an alternative to the politics of money, power, speed, greed, and fear of terrorism. The Kingdom is rural, radical, and green, just like I hope Free Vermont will be.