Reality Check

by Rebecca Schmitz

Bozeman’s Mayor Jeff Krauss wants us to win in Iraq. Conservatives on Missoula’s City Council feel it’s “wrong and disgusting” to discuss the war on Council’s time. With all the division in Bozeman and Missoula over our towns’ Iraq War resolutions, other American cities serve as a reminder that we’re not really all that radical. Take some of the citizens of Brattleboro, Vermont for example. In the words of Emeril Lagasse, they’re kickin’ it up a notch:

A group in Brattleboro is petitioning to put an item on a town meeting agenda in March that would make Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney subject to arrest and indictment if they visit the southeastern Vermont community.

The central argument of their opponents is the same as in our communities:

“I would not be supportive of it,” said Stephen Steidle, a member of the town’s Selectboard, which oversees its government. “It’s well outside of our ability. From my perspective, the Brattleboro Selectboard needs to focus on the town and the things that need to be done here.”

From my perspective, if we can’t get Congress or the Administration to listen to us, why shouldn’t we turn to our local politicians? Change has to start somewhere. However, as amusing as this petition is, I don’t think arresting Bush and Cheney will bring our nation together, let alone redirect our foreign policy. I doubt both men will ever find themselves in Brattleboro. Bush has yet to visit Vermont at all during his term in office. More importantly, our country is too dependent on fossil fuels to get our fingers out of the Middle East’s petroleum pie. For better or worse, we’ll be involved in their internal politics until all of us finally realize our national security depends on switching to other energy sources.

On the other hand, I won’t lie: it warms the cockles of my little black heart to imagine both of them handcuffed and placed in the back of a squad car.

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  1. Jim Lang

    I think we are gonna wait till after they leave office to see them arrested.

  2. Is that “we” the Royal We, as in We the people will arrest Bush and Cheney after January 20, 2009?

  3. JC

    If they were both arrested together before their term was up, do you think Nancy Pelosi would pardon them? ;-)

  4. That’s the $64,000 question. Or, you know, whatever amount bail would be set at.

  5. Jedediah Redman

    I think we will see hell frozen over first…

  6. For better or worse, we do not allow small town politicians (well, other than prosecutors) decide whether to charge crimes, especially purported federal crimes. I think it’s for better. And how far do we take symbolism before it just become a waste of time and taxpayer dollars?

  7. JC

    Let’s see. Would you consider dumping a bunch of tea overboard a waste of time and dollars?

  8. Jedediah Redman

    As I recall, JC, that bunch of patriots dressed up as wild injuns so nobody would really know who did it…




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