Vermont strong

Vermont and the city of Burlington received a letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions with a threat of potentially drying up federal funding if they continue to violate federal law, albeit it’s unclear if they even are.

It’s basically aiming at „sanctuary policies“ where cities and states adopt different approaches to immigration than the current national government. It’s sad to see the local and national representatives of the American people in disagreement when it comes to inclusion in the United States.

I always felt welcome in Vermont for those three years I lived there. I hope Senator Leahy, who held the commencement speech at my graduation, and Sanders will flex their political muscle and stay in tune with the Green Mountain’s spirit of „I live in Vermont and I do what I want.“

„The letter was an effort to „strong-arm“ the state to submit to federal immigration policies.“ – Peter Welch

via Seven Days

Feel the Bern

„I live in Vermont and I do what I want“ was a local tag line I picked up when I lived in the Green Mountain State for three years during college.

Vermont was a republic for a few years, it’s constitution was the first one in North America to provide for the abolition of slavery. Lake Champlain was connected to the western glacial lakes back in the real old days, now the Great Lakes, which is why Vermont has more native species than any other state in New England. It’s a unique state, small, albeit with clear sense of identity, progressive social politics, cold winters and is home to the birth of snowboarding, a real pedestrian zone in Burlington, as opposed to the countless, soulless malls of America.

With Bernie Sanders, Vermont is touting an independent presidential candidate, who has a solid shot of heading to the White House. What’s most compelling about Bernie is that his vision from the 80s still holds ground, it’s like „oh my god“ vintage, consistent to the idea that the common good is one worth fighting for, one that needs continual updates, where a virus scanner runs through the system, to check for imbalances and stashes away corrupted files into the quarantine.

You’ll hear about Bernie’s wild hair, his age or that his experience in Vermont is insignificant for the national stage. Or that big money rules politics, uhm Super PACs, even the polls are veering away from his ticket to the White House. It’ll be sad to see a candidate head to Washington who is everything but consistent, a pure power play who’ll copy anything, constantly change positions, spin around to make it fit, just to get the ticket.

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RealClearPolitics with some numbers on November 1, 2015, where one line is going up and the other down.

Who do you believe will truly fight for the common good? Whose biography lives up to it’s words with action? Who can best connect the dots between the common, business and individual good? It’s great to see Bernie mobilize voters who see the change needed in the commons. I hope Bernie has enough time to mobilize more people who care about balancing the goods, yet still do what they want.

Vermont is Majestic

Vermont is famous for it’s finest ice cream, the home base of snowboarding, HQ of Burton and it’s „I live in Vermont and I do what I want“ attitude. I was fortunate to have lived in Burlington, Vermont for three years in the late 90s. I boarded early in the mornings and was lucky to be a NCAA ice hockey champion.

Who would have thought that in 2014, Marcus Worgull and Danilo Plessow, would name their duo Vermont and pay hommage to Mount Mansfield in their first ambient release „Majestät“. I can highly recommend a sunrise hike at nearby Camels Hump. The album Vermont is set for release on March 17, courtesy of Kompakt.

Post Rock, Vermont Style

Vetica

I just got back from a trip to Burlington, Vermont where I lived for three years in the late 90s. I’m still amazed at how rich the local music scene is, especially if you look at the relative size of the Green Mountain state’s largest city. Vetica, a young band that can brag about live shows in Brooklyn and Tokyo, recently self-released the album Signal Path, the track “Can’t Feel It” is my pick.

Sean Hood at Vermont’s independent weekly Seven Days notes that they have “a formula for something that no other band in town is doing: writing and recording their very own mid-’90s, post-rock hits.” I still remember the punch line ‘I live in Vermont and I do what I want’, not to mention the trailblazing legislation for the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI): the first state in the United States to implement it and move post-GDP.