John Klar: Vermont remains the first western nation in the world to ban slavery outright

Citizens United famously held that corporations were “persons” under American Constitutional law for purposes of speech. This personification of lifeless corporate entities accords with ubiquitous corporate efforts to advertise their social justice and climate “awareness,” and their commitment to free trade or other causes celebre du jour.

John Klar

But if corporations are to be humanized, what of past sins? What of Nike’s sweat shops and child labor? Has the company now “redeemed its soul” by rushing into the BLM breach? Pinnochio and British Petroleum may both want to be “real boys,” but Pinocchio was held accountable for his sins — BP helped overthrow the legitimate democratic government of Iran in 1953,violated laws in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and committed plenty more environmental and human grievances. The company simply changes its name and sets up its practices anew.

Vermont has never done that. As a corporate entity formed in 1776, it acquired the real estate assets of the Green Mountains in a quasi-hostile takeover — from other colonists. The Abenaki and other Indians had largely disappeared by that late year, and their numbers were miniscule (most Abenaki were driven out of Vermont by Iroquois tribes between 1534 and 1609). Seeking to end the tribal and racist conflicts of the past, this novel corporate entity named Vermont immediately set up shop as an outspokenly enlightened anti-slavery state. Vermont became a leader for other “free” American states, and for the world.

Modern efforts to besmirch this well-documented history suffer from the historical hubris of trendy SJW fantasists who delude themselves that they — with their seething hatred and pathetic lack of education — would have done a better job than those early Vermont incorporators. That is laughably absurd: Social Justice “Warriors” can’t even treat people with civility in 2022!

But the Vermont corporation did not stop there. Unlike many corporations, it held the virtuous line:

Alexander Twilight became the first black man to be admitted to and graduate from college in America — at now embarrassingly “woke” Middlebury College, which has abandoned those erstwhile moral heights for its current disgraceful fall.

– Mr. Twilight later was elected the first black state legislator in the nation: the only one prior to the Civil War.

Vermont sacrificed 5,194 troops in the Civil War; 2,200 prisoners of war. Vermont was also famed for its devoted contribution to reconstruction: it’s soldiers were particularly reviled by southerners, whose incorporated states, unlike Vermont, had embraced a horrid immorality in slavery.

– Vermont never instituted Jim Crow or sharecropping laws, despite progressive liars’ efforts to enact a statute saying so!

The list of admirable Vermont achievements is lengthy, but detractors seek to re-write this proud past with lies. Did Mr. Twilight suffer from racist slurs while at college? Undoubtedly, but that was by individual racists, not the corporate entity named Vermont. Indeed, Vermont remains the first western nation in the world to ban slavery outright — long before the United Kingdom. That banner of declared freedom was hugely influential in the battle to end indentured servitude: now many slander and destroy that clear legacy, while praising opportunist corporate entities like BLM which earn millions pandering to inflammatory racism while doing nothing to relieve the suffering of minorities. That fraud stands in open contrast to the consistent virtues of Vermont.

Until now.

Now Vermont’s moral course has been usurped by ill-informed, elitist racists who are distributing funds illegally based on skin color, and lying blatantly about Vermonters and their police using deliberately manipulated, even fraudulent, statistics. As the failures of this toxic eugenics-like ideology become more obvious, how will Vermont the corporation remove the cult-teachers who have polluted its schools? How will it make people equal instead of conditioning children to change gender in preschool, and white children to see themselves as inferior and evil solely because of their skin color?

Perhaps Vermont should simply re-incorporate under a new name. It could reaffirm its past record of good governance and sensible abolitionism, and denounce the errant failures and utter moral bankruptcy of the criminal racists who took over corporate management for a brief, highly-embarrassing time. The new entity could simply acquire the land as a successor corporation, and not be legally liable for the grotesque human rights transgressions of the current hate-entity.

Vermont can regain its world-renown as the liberator of the oppressed, and the champion of equality and the equal application of the rule of law. All that is required is to purge the state of those who feign enlightened insights. That will happen naturally enough, as the stain of this ideological pollution is revealed.

Let’s reject the hate invasion. Let’s take back our virtuous, abolitionist Vermont!

John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2022. All rights reserved.

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6 thoughts on “John Klar: Vermont remains the first western nation in the world to ban slavery outright

  1. Excellent points John. I hope and pray that as November comes closer that Vermonters will consider its strong history of valuing the individual person and embraces the ideas that compelled earlier Vermonters to outlaw human slavery in the state constitution and work to revive that understanding. Among rejecting the abuses John enumerates, Vermonters must reject amending the constitution to where persons in the womb are looked on like slaves were, as assets or liabilities, rather than for their human value. Elections are a great time to inspire such needed discussions. I very much appreciate this column for doing that, but please include consideration of the unseen children, those with no voice if we do not become their voice, also. Silence on the life of the unborn, most especially when Vermonters are asked to weigh in on a constitutional amendment, and perhaps even more when challenging these other forms of human abuse, is compliance.

  2. There were never any slaves in Vermont
    A note on a 1907 report prepared by the BUREAU OF THE CENSUS regarding the 1790 US Census says:
    “In March, 1790, the Union consisted of twelve states – Rhode Island, the last of the original thirteen to enter the Union, being admitted May 29. Vermont, the first addition, was admitted in the following year, before the results of the First Census were announced. ….”
    “The census of 1790 published in 1791, reports 16 slaves in Vermont. Subsequently, and up to 1860, the number is given as 17. An examination of the original manuscript returns shows that there were never any slaves in Vermont. The original error occurred in preparing the results for publication, when 16 persons, returned as “Free colored,” were classified as “Slave.”

    There were also no slaves in Maine or Massachusetts. New Hampshire had the fourth lowest at 158. The most of the 14 states was Pennsylvania with 292,627.

  3. But John, all the transplants and carpetbaggers we have keep telling us that Vermont was
    a ” slave ” capital and we should all burn in hell, according to these transplants ………..Huh !!

    If you listen to these clowns they always bring up something that never was, just stir the pot
    on nothing……………………..follow the money …………………….

  4. Wow another intricate History lesson; Thank you John Klar; now how to get this out to those who most need to hear/read it……

  5. and now Burlington has made prostitution decriminalized or legal which will allow the sex trade to have sex trafficking with no protection for the women. But of course the woke legislators don’t care about because they’re still trying to right the wrongs that never existed in Vermont.

  6. Thank you once again, Mr. Klar, for doing this homework.

    I wish I could have recorded my Grandmothers and Grandfathers (and parents): between the stories of personal triumph and personal struggle, in between the lines, they hinted at many things. One of them was NOT racial bigotry. They of many generations Vermonters, native Americans, and immigrants. I’ve always thought it was “funny” that “Vermont” is a French name, though my own mother had her knuckles cracked for speaking French in her one room schoolhouse in Stowe. She told me it was something else, but that she did not regret learning English. She forgot all the French she knew by the time she married my father. This was not racism; it was a necessity. At the same time she told me this story, she also told me she had no qualms about it. I wonder if any non-Vermonters will understand what I’m talking about. Probably not.

    One other thing my Mother told me which I remember very clearly, as a devout and strong believer in this country, she said: “Socialism will be the end of this country”.

    I believe this is the force that is twisting our legacy and distorting the narrative. It’s the same evil force which, in your study above, caused 5,194 brave troops to lose their life fighting against in the socialist south.

    Now, we have that evil within (radical progressivism) and without (crazy men threatening nuclear first strike “to bring Americans to the bargaining table”). A double threat to our environment.

    I pray we can find the balance to walk down the best path.

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