A Voyage To Lilliput
The Rutland Herald reports that they a Vermont is about to decide whether to arrest President Bush and Vice President Cheney should they set foot in the state. "Brattleboro residents will vote at town meeting on whether President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should be indicted and arrested for war crimes, perjury or obstruction of justice if they ever step foot in Vermont."
"Everybody I talked to wanted Bush to go," he said, noting that even members of the local police department supported the drive. "This is exactly what the charter envisioned as a citizen initiative," Daims said. "People want to express themselves and they want to say how they feel."
He said the idea is spreading: Activists in Louisville, Ky., are spearheading a similar drive, and he said activists were also working in Montague, Mass., a Berkshires town. The article asked the town attorney to "draft indictments against President Bush and Vice President Cheney for crimes against our Constitution and publish said indictments for consideration by other authorities."
The article goes on to say the indictments would be the "law of the town of Brattleboro that the Brattleboro police ... arrest and detain George Bush and Richard Cheney in Brattleboro, if they are not duly impeached ..." Daims said people in Brattleboro were willing to "think outside the box" and consider the issue.
The culture wars are in full swing. One of the most amazing sights I've seen today is the flood of comments at a Pajamas Media article which describes a boycott directed against the Ford Motor Company for promoting the gay agenda as part of its corporate policy. It's will be an everlasting mystery to me how a car company and parts of the public came to tangle over a subject, which on the face of it, has nothing to do with cars.
Similarly, it staggers the imagination to think of a town planning a largely symbolic vote to arrest the President and Vice President over the prosecution of a war which a Democratic Congress has declined to un-fund; and which a previous Congress authorized. When Johnathan Swift talked about the endless war between the Big Endians and the Little Endians -- factions which quarreled over which end of a boiled egg to open -- little did I think he would be describing the enlightened societies of the 21st century.
History plays strange tricks on those who believe in the self-evident righteousness of their "side". I think it's more than likely that the peculiar mania playing itself out in Vermont will one day be compared to Orval Faubus' insistence on Little Rock being a law unto itself. But then again, who knows?