by Peter Freyne
In the dictionary definition, democracy is "government bythe people in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their electedagents under a free electoral system."
In the phrase of Abraham Lincoln, democracy is a government "of the people, bythe people, and for the people."
What we are about to witness today in Montpelier, Vermont, the smallest state capital in the United States, is a biggest demonstration of democracy in action that I have witnessed since the injustice of racial segregation and discrimination was broken down by the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
Here in Vermont, the "people" exercised their "supreme power" at 37 Town Meetings last month. The good common people of Vermont adopted resolutions calling for the impeachment of a person we all know to be the most corrupt, dishonest and dangerous president in American history.
George W. Bush has had, and will continue to have, a devastating impact on life in America and on life in Vermont. Make no mistake about that. Forget the hundreds of billions of dollars Vermonters and all Americans will be shelling out for years to come. We have paid for President Bush's War in Iraq with Vermont lives and Vermont blood and it is a war we now ALL know never should have happened.
There were absolutely NO WMDs in Iraq, as President George W. Bush repeatedly told us.
Saddam Hussein had absolutely NO ties to al Qaeda and absolutely NO ties to 9/11, a President Bush repeatedly told us and continues to tell us!
Iraq was in no way, shape or form a threat to the people of the United States of America.
George W. Bush lied to every single one of us and the price of his lies has been staggering. His senseless Iraq War continues with NO end in sight.
People with no prior political activism have become active. The grassroots have never been greener.
Last week the Democratic leader of the Vermont Senate finally realized that most Vermonters are sickened by it all. Despited repeatedly saying the Senate had no time to do an Impeachment Resolution, Sen. Peter Shumlin experienced something akin to a religious conversion. Suddenly, Shummy saw the light! And on Friday the Senate quickly took up and passed the resolution.
Today the spotlight shifts to the Vermont House, the "People's House," right?
There, as everyone knows, Democratic Speaker Gaye Symington is going to do something she has sworn up and down for months she would NEVER do: Madame Speaker is going to let the Bush-Cheney Impeachment Resolution she's wished would just go away, come up for floor debate and a vote.
Symington has repeatedly argued her House had "more important" matters to tackle, at which point she'd rattle off the usual list we hear every year: property tax reform, health care reform, education reform, environmental protection...they've done a great job, haven't they?
God forbid the People's House would devote an hour to an issue that is actually more important to a whole lot of Vermonters right now - the TRUTH.
Speaker Gaye opposes the resolution and will vote against it, she told fellow Dems at the party caucus Tuesday.
About 25 Democrats will have to join her and the 50 Republicans to vote "no" in order to defeat it.
Karl Rove's probably working the phones, eh?