The Montpelier Manifesto
by Thomas H. Naylor, Kirkpatrick Sale, James Starkey, and Charles Keil
Petition of Grievances
We, citizens of this American land, haunted by the nihilism of separation, meaninglessness, and powerlessness, subsumed by political elites who use corporate, state, and military power to manipulate our lives, pawns of a global system of dominance and deceit in which transnational megacompanies and big government control us through money, markets, and media, sapping our political will, civil liberties, collective memory, traditional cultures, sustainability, and independence, and as victims of affluenza, technomania, cybermania, globalism, and imperialism, do issue and proclaim this:
Document of Grievances and Abuses
A government too big, too centralized, too undemocratic, too unjust, too powerful, too intrusive, and too unresponsive to the needs of individual citizens and small communities.
One that is too big and corrupt to be fixed or reformed, certainly not by such fantasies as campaign finance reform or corporate-personhood amendments.
One that has lost its moral authority, is corrupt to the core, and is owned, operated and controlled by Wall Street, Corporate America, and their political lackeys.
One run by a single brain-dead national political party on life-support systems, sustained by national and Congressional elections that are sold to the highest bidder, disguised as a genuine two-party system.
One that relies on and fosters the illusion that only the U.S. government can solve all or our problems all of the time, in the face of the fact that it is the U.S. government that is the problem.
A collapsing economy, with a moribund housing market and a staggering number of mortgage foreclosures, and high unemployment because of jobs lost to China, India, and elsewhere over the past three decades of globalism.
Stagnant real incomes for all but the super-rich, resulting in an ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor and an increasing rate of poverty, homelessness, and inadequate insurance.
A $15-plus trillion national debt and unfunded mandate obligations of $43 trillion, a staggering burden only added to by stimulus spending, tax cuts, and “quantitative easing” (printing money), none of which is restoring economic growth but does make us increasingly and dangerously dependent on China, Japan, and other foreign countries buying our treasury bonds.
A central bank which has, by monetizing the growing national debt and providing cheap credit to bail out banks, increased the money supply to the point where the future value of the dollar and the rate of inflation are highly uncertain.
A financial system based on “tricks and traps” rather than customer service and a financial regulatory system which favors predatory and ruthless Wall Street mega-banks at the expense of ordinary citizens.
An economic system absolutely dependent for survival on consumption and affluenza (the illusion that the accumulation of more stuff, provided by big-box stores fostered by government globalization policies, can provide meaning to life), despite the knowledge that unrestrained growth in a world of finite resources is unsustainable and unworthy of pursuit.
Public and private sector labor unions which have been under open attack by the government since the Reagan administration, by hostile anti-union private employers such as Wal-Mart, and more recently by some Republican governors.
Corporate-owned, government-subsidized agriculture with its use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers, anti-biotics, genetically-engineered seeds, systematic animal cruelty, and virtual absence of food safety regulations creating a menace to public health, the environment, and small farmers.
An immoral, often clandestine and illegal, imperial system based on full-spectrum dominance, military overstretch, might-makes-right, and the proposition that the world wants to be just like us, leading us to provide support to dictators and authoritarian regimes in the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere in the world.
A dependence on military might, based on a multi-trillion dollar budget, 1.6 million American troops stationed at over 1,000 bases in 153 countries (including 80,000 in Europe, 36,000 in Japan, and 30,000 in Korea), Special Operations strike forces (Seals, Delta Forces, Rangers, Green Berets) deployed in 120 countries, and a proliferation of pilotless drone aircraft worldwide for reconnaissance and stealth attacks, sometimes killing civilians, including Americans.
Immoral, illegal, undeclared wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, and (via Israel) Palestine, the threat of war with Iran based on our deliberate acts of provocation, and the endless “war” on terror largely aimed with racial overtones at Muslims.
The hammerlock hold of the Israeli Lobby over American foreign policy that forces us to support an Israeli-inspired war on terror against Muslims and keeps us from any real commitment to an Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
The Cuban embargo.
The highly intrusive, inept, ever-growing, money-guzzling Department of Homeland Security, together with other intelligence agencies, using the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, the Detainee Security Provision of the National Defense Administration Act of 2011, and other covers for citizen surveillance and suppression of civil liberties.
The disgraceful (and expensive and useless) Guantanamo Prison, prisoner abuse and torture, and the illegal rendition of terrorist suspects.
A president who can order the assassination of anyone, anywhere, anytime (including U.S. citizens) whose name happens to appear on the White House “kill list.”
Six million people under “correctional supervision” (more than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin), including more black men than were in slavery in 1860 and 50,000 men in solitary confinement in “supermax” prisons.
A failed international war on drugs that costs billions, ruins more lives than it saves, has spawned corruption and violence, an entrenched bureaucracy, and which has had no impact on drug use in the United States.
The most expensive health care system in the world, driven by fear of death on the demand side and greed on the supply side, that ranks 37th in the world according to the World Health Organization, now tied to Obamacare, which remains fatally attached to a private health care system that is in a death-spiral of rising costs and declining health outcomes.
An education system dominated by the Federal government, committed to a one-size-fits-all corporate model, to the dumbing-down of America, and to a race to the bottom, which is why it ranks 18th in the industrial world, according to the OECD.
A higher education system that is becoming so expensive that only the rich will be able to attend college; all others look forward to debt slavery.
A social-welfare net that, despite being enormously expensive, is woefully inadequate to those it serves and has proven incapable of serious reform.
A widespread aging and collapsing infrastructure, including highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, dams, levees, and public water systems, now costing America $129 billion a year, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, and will take an expenditure of $206 billion a year for the next 20 years to fix, sums which are simply unavailable.
Transportation crises, including the obsolete and inadequate air-traffic-control systems and railroad passenger train systems, and a Federal highway system now 60 years old falling into disrepair across the country.
Redress of Grievances
“Whenever any form of government becomes destructive… it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government… as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness,” says the Declaration of Independence. Alteration and abolishment include the right to disband, or subdivide, or withdraw, or create a new government.
Let us therefore consider ways peaceably to withdraw from the American Empire by (1) regaining control of our lives from big government, big business, big cities, big schools, and big computer networks; (2) relearning how to take care of ourselves by decentralizing, downsizing, localizing, demilitarizing, simplifying, and humanizing our lives; and (3) providing democratic and human-scale self-government at those local and regional levels most likely to effect our safety and happiness.
Citizens, lend your name to this manifesto and join in the honorable task of rejecting the immoral, corrupt, decaying, dying, failing American Empire and seeking its rapid and peaceful dissolution before it takes us all down with it.
To be presented at the Third Statewide Convention on Vermont Self-Determination on September 14, 2012 to be held in the Vermont State House in Montpelier.
September 4, 2012
Thomas H. Naylor
Please Michigan listen to these words. Make a damn stand and let us join in with Vermont.
They have been shooting for this a long time in Vermont. I like the manifesto, but for any State in the South, including my home State of Georgia or my adopted State of Florida, it would have to be tailored to the wants and needs of those States. I saw some union-friendly statements in it that won’t fly here in God’s Country.
Only other thing I have to add is that we have already seceded and many of us Southern Nationalists consider ourselves under Federal Occupation.
Yes, I feel that we are under and have been under occupation for some time as well. I am waiting for the catalyst that will lead to secession. This is not 1865. We here in the south have all that we need to survive and thrive. We don’t need GM. I bought a Hyundai this time around in defiance of the GM bailout. I would ratheer buy a car built by poor southern boys or by foreigners than by overpaid union workers. We also have militay bases and port facilities. I really don’t think the fed would or could do anything if enough of us said ENOUGH!
Let there be a renewal of the Confederation of Free, Sovereign and Independent State Republics. The Compact of Agreement between the States has been voided by a now illegitimate federal government that has usurped powers beyond all measures delegated to it by the States and the People. This federal government has become a de facto regime, no longer abiding by the very document that brought it into existence, ignoring the Law of the Land, executing legislative innovations that are rubber-stamped under the guise of the Constitution but that are so far removed from both the Letter and the Spirit of that Document that it boggles the imagination and chills the bones as the canker worm of corruption runs rampant over this country. DISUNION & LIBERTY NOW!
DISUNION & LIBERTY NOW!
Sign me up, I’m ALL in!
I hate Vermont and all who reside there in,Yankee,s one and all.But if they have success were the south has failed .Good on them ! I might drink a beer with one of em if,n he buy,s .But I would gladly move to the very next non yankee state to succeed .No I do not hold a grudge,I just do not like em.Though if given the opportunity to shake the hand of Mike Church I would bite my lip and accept that honor where ever it could take place.Thank God for such a brilliant man.
While I want out of the Federal compact, I don’t think I want some of the provisions that are outlined in the
Montpelier Manifesto. Besides that, Vermont is too far away from Arizona. I hope I can find enough like-minded people closer to home.
We need you folks in Az. to hold the line against the Feds and their allies Ls Rasa.
I completely agree that we are in a situation similar to the founding fathers but are there enough like-minded people to fight off the totalitarian fascists who rule us now. If drones or military force is used against those who secede what will be left to do? I can only see expatriation and renouncing citizenship at this point as a viable option before we are trapped here against our will. But where to go? Chile? Uninhabited islands? The moon? Soon the term global may mean global escape. Richard Branson, although liberal, is at least making private space travel plausible although extremely expensive. I fear the IRS would find a way to tax you on the moon. I would be ecstatic to start over with a real constitutional government but the top 10% would have to starve the beasts in D.C. and the state governments first.
In his famous Liberty or death speech, Patrick Henry said “we are in a state of nature, we have no government” which presaged his and his patriot friends entrance into the business of writing the planet’s first organic Constitution in June of 1776. I believe it is time to declare a state of nature, convene a convention of states & counties, & start planning to do the same. Consider this page as a petition and sign with a comment if you please!
It is good to see that we southerners are not alone this time around. What a time to be alive Mike. Oh and I am all in. God help our cause!
I am soo there..Love The Beauty of Vermont..Now there is more reason to Love Vermont..Secede! More States Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
well they got the title right. after reading these comments i had to go back and re-read the manifesto. i thought i missed something. i didn’t. sounds like something marx could get behind.
I too will move to the first state that seceedes. Unless ofcourse that state is California!
Love it, except for the irony of a portion of their claimed grievances as the logical result of a portion of other claimed grievances. Too bad they are somewhat confused, but the sentiment is certainly appreciated.
Why didn’t i think of that?
i will gladly move to the 1st state that secedes
So shall I.
Could this be the start?? I hope so..
With a few reservations, I would lend my name to this. How?
Well Mike now you’ve gone and done it…..lol. This is awesome and I wish there were more like it. We will have to redouble our efforts. Thanks for the [r] Red Pill! Jeff J