They opened the town meeting on impeachment with a rousing rendition of "Let's impeach the president, hallelujah," sung by the Raging Grannies. Vermont Representative to the US House, Peter Welch, was on the hot seat.
Euan Bear of Bakersfield quizzed the Congressman by havin him recite his oath of office.
"I will uphold the Constitution," he said.
"Protect and defend," she corrected him.
"Protect and defend," he repeated.
"Do you believe you are doing that now by using a non-optional provision in the Constitution that says those who violate the Constitution should be impeached?" she asked.
"The point of the question here is that Bush has committed impeachable offenses; therefore it is the duty of Congress to impeach him"
Of course Euan Bear failed to enumerate what precisely those "impeachable offenses" were. This didn't seem to bother anyone because that "impeachable offenses" were committed by the President and Vice-President was a given.
Peter Welch did not want to come out and say to this crowd, or any other, that there are no impeachable offenses for which the House can impeach. Instead he agreed with them, but said he would not ask for the President and Vice-President to be impeached.
"I'm not going to argue with you at all! Of course I'm not going to argue with you about whether this man deserves impeachment. The question that I have on impeachment is will that prolong or shorten the war. It's my judgement that it will lengthen it."
"It isn't about what you believe. It's about what we believe. We voted for you because we felt you would represent our voice,"
Perhaps, but not just your voice, Peggy, he also represents Doug Tuthill of North Pomfret, a veteran of the first Iraq war who also attended
"there are people in this room, maybe 200 of you, but you sure as hell don't represent me and you don't represent the state of Vermont. So I wish you'd stop referring to 'all Vermonters' because you're not all Vermonters."
That would seem so obvious that it wouldn't even need to be pointed out.
These "impeach Bush" activists think they are the majority. They point to the fact that some 40 towns voted to impeach Bush during town meeting day in March. They rarely acknowledge that this number represents only about 15% of the 255 towns that exist in Vermont. Mr Tuthill is right that these 200 hundred people don't even come close to representing Vermont.
They tried to get the Vermont Legislature to impeach Bush and Cheney too. And, of course, the Legislature took up the issue. It passed in the Senate was didn't pass in the House. And regardless of the fact that most Vermonters aren't Leftists, Vermont's government, with the exception of the Executive Branch, is over-represented by the radical "Progressives". Much like the US Congress.
Vermont is rapidly becoming an unlivable place because of them: too many taxes, too few young people staying and working, too few new businesses and too much Statism.
But hey, I've already decided I'm just passing through. I'll continue to work here but I'll spend my retirement someplace else.
Unless there is a radical change in Vermont politics.
Meanwhile, the Vermont Leftists continue to hope
"If you can impeach the president and the vice president, I'm sure President Pelosi will bring the troops home."
Like they care about the troops