One reason to move to Vermont

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I spent a year in Vermont. It's dramatically beautiful, the air is clean, and the most people I met were refreshingly straightforward and without bullshit. But I can never live there again. One extended winter and one long "mud season" were enough to turn this born and bred Californian away for good.

Still, editorials like this are almost enough to make me change my mind. Dan DeWalt, a woodworker and Vermonter, talks about why his town of around 1500 people, and four other Vermont towns with similar populations, recently passed resolutions calling for Congress to impeach the President.

The text of the particular resolution isn't available yet, but a similar resolution, passed by Brattleboro, VT, is available here and a sample text, in case you're inspired to try this at home, as well as a list of the other nine towns that have passed resolutions, is available here.

Dewalt writes:

The worst failing of any nation is for its citizens to no longer scrutinize their government. Today, whether because of apathy, distraction or exhaustion, we are not paying attention. It will be at our peril if our awakening comes only after the government has consolidated its hold on power, and we find that scrutiny is no longer an option.
With the exception of the vote by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (not yet signed by the Mayor), all the passing resolutions have been in small towns. Which is a good reminder for urban dwellers who think that there's a natural link between "urban" and radical. Cities are only "where the action is" when we make the action where we are.

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