3-23-14 – Socialism in Vermont

by Tom Licata

Socialism, defined by Merriam-Webster, is a “system of social organization in which private property [Act 250] and the distribution of income [Act 60/68] are subject to social control; also, the political movements aimed at putting that system into practice.”

It is these “political movements aimed at putting that system [Socialism] into practice,” of which I write.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, in a March 14 Bill O’Reilly interview, is assumed a socialist and rather than correct or deny this presumption, consents why it’s so:

“So senator I’m not going to debate you tonight but I just want to get your positions on the record…. So let’s start with number one, you are a socialist, what does that mean?”

“What it means is that we have a lot to learn from democratic-socialist governments that have existed in countries like Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway; where all people have health-care as a right; where higher education is free; where they have a strong child-care program; where they don’t have the massive type of income and wealth inequality that we have in the United States of America.”

A Google search of “Bernie Sanders socialist quotes” or his Wikipedia page describing “Sanders [as] a self-described democratic-socialist”; corroborates his acquiescence. Sen. Sanders was also one of the three Presidential electors for the Socialist Workers Party ticket in 1980.

The idiom “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” applies to Vermont’s “political movements [Progressivism and Working Families] aimed at putting that system [Socialism] into practice”:

Democrat/Progressive State Senator Tim Ashe writes on his web site: “I proudly got my start in Vermont politics working for then Congressman Bernie Sanders…. He was my mentor, and it is very special to me that he looks to me as an ally in the Vermont Senate.”

Progressive/Democrat/Working Families State Senator Anthony Pollina and seven other Vermont Senate and House members run under various combinations of the Working Families, Progressive and Democratic parties and demonstrate the infiltration of these “political movements aimed at putting that system [Socialism] into practice.”

The Working Families Party was founded by union activists, the disgraced ACORN group and among the more prominent individuals involved (who has aided in and has been aided by its founding) is New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had been a strong supporter of Nicaragua’s socialist/communist Sandinista regime in the 1980s.

And as Progressivism’s intellectual father, Woodrow Wilson’s 1908 essay titled “Constitutional Government in the United States” reveals a similar contempt for America’s Constitutional order:

“No doubt a great deal of nonsense has been talked about the inalienable rights of the individual…. The trouble with the theory [of limited, separated government] is that government is not a machine, but a living thing…. Living political constitutions must be Darwinian in structure and in practice.”

Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states:

“…Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution….”

From socialist Sen. Sanders to progressive Democrat Gov. Shumlin to the Working Families Party to Vermont’s Progressive-infiltrated Democratic Party, this “Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution” is irreconcilable with their disguised and contemptible goals.

Whittaker Chambers’ 1952 autobiography, “Witness,” foreshadowed this gradualist and silent Constitutional crisis:

“[T]he New Deal was a genuine revolution, whose deepest purpose was not simply reform within existing traditions, but a basic change in the social and, above all, the power relationships within the nation. It was not a revolution of violence. … [T]he power of politics had replaced business…. It was only of incidental interest that the revolution… was made not by tanks and machine guns, but by acts of Congress and decisions of the Supreme Court…. But revolution is always an affair of force, whatever forms the force disguises itself in [Act 48 or single-payer]. Whether the revolutionists prefer to call themselves Fabians [or Progressives], who seek power by the inevitability of gradualism…, the struggle is for power.”

“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” and these “political movements [Progressivism and Working Families] aimed at putting that system [Socialism] into practice,” are subversive and treacherous to America’s Constitutional Republic.

– Tom Licata is a member of the Ethan Allen Institute advisory board. 

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Robert March 29, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Those who promote socialism are either not aware or are indifferent to the fact that it is nothing more than institutionalized slavery. It enslaves those from whom it confiscates money to “spread around” and it it enslaves those who become dependent on what is given to them by the government as “rightfully” theirs.

The comment by Sen. Sanders about providing “free” higher education to everyone is laughable nonsense. How many college professors work for free? When a politician tells you something should be free, it’s a mechanism for helping that politician to remain in his comfortable position of living off the taxpayers.

Nothing is free, and the government has no money that it does not extract from taxpayers. If you like socialism then you’re the Paul in the old adage “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.”


Mark Donka March 30, 2014 at 12:54 am

Peter Welch is a member of the Working Family party which shows in his progressive way of voting. He stands with Bernie and his socialist way. Socialism works until you run out of other peoples money, Sander and his free education and his rants about income inequality are pure folly. Bernie is a millionaire how much of his money is he going to share with VT to make it more “equal”? None of course, because all dogs are equal except some are more equal than others.


David Sierra March 31, 2014 at 12:39 am

I was born in Vt.75 years ago and I graduated from Montpelier High School. I am in constant contact with my friends and classmates in Vt. They keep informed with the deplorable condition of the State government and its officials. Vt. has always been a small state in population, a very limited economic base, and essentially very limited resources. It is very sad to see how true carpetbaggers have taken over the state and bent on establishing Nirvana. Hopefully the voters will soon understand what is being done to them and the entire state. I am very confident that the real Vt. practicality will prevail and take their state back.


Jerry March 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Did we not learn anything from the USSR? Did Reagan’s words just fall on deaf ears? Part of the whole “Bring down that wall….” speech was to get AWAY from socialism, and we thought it was a good idea back then, good enough to go and impose our thoughts and belief system on another country,…how did we get away from THAT and think it(socialism) was a good idea for Vermonters, or anyone in the good ole’ USA for that matter??


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post:

About Us

The Ethan Allen Institute is Vermont’s free-market public policy research and education organization. Founded in 1993, we are one of fifty-plus similar but independent state-level, public policy organizations around the country which exchange ideas and information through the State Policy Network.

Latest News

VT Left Wing Media Bias Unmasks Itself

July 24, 2020 By Rob Roper Dave Gram was a long time reporter for the Associated Press, is currently the host of what’s billed on WDEV as a...

Using Guns for Self Defense – 3 Recent Examples

July 24, 2020 By John McClaughry  The Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal last week published eleven news stories about citizens using a firearm to stop a crime. Here are...

FERC ruling on solar subsidies could help Vermont ratepayers

July 21, 2020 By John McClaughry Last Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission finalized its updates to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), in what the majority...

The Moderate Left’s Stand for Free Speech

July 17, 2020 By David Flemming Harper’s Magazine, a long-running monthly magazine of literature, politics, culture, finance, and the arts, is hardly what you would call a ‘politically...

Trump’s Regulatory Bill of Rights

July 16, 2020 by John McClaughry “President Trump [last May] issued an executive order entitled  ‘Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery.’ The executive order includes a regulatory bill...