Editor’s note: This letter is by John Klar, a resident of Brookfield.
Repeatedly I am asked whom conservatives should vote for now that I have withdrawn from the governor’s race. I wish to answer that question here for all to consider.
I have asked people not to write me in for governor. I appreciate the support, but I cannot win. Conservatives should vote for Phil Scott, or no one.
Now I completely understand that some simply refuse to support Gov. Scott, and I respect that. (After all, it was that sentiment that inspired me to challenge him.) But the real point I wish to convey is that the governor’s race is largely irrelevant — conservatives will have a progressive governor either way. The real action is in the downticket Senate and House races, where we have made great inroads and must reclaim lost ground from past elections.
I did not run for governor for an ego trip — I ran to inspire quality conservative candidates to seek office. From that perspective, my campaign was not a loss at all but a huge win for our state. Vermont’s conservatives lost many seats in our Legislature in 2018, and we cannot afford to lose any more. (We already see what a one-party state looks like.) The focus has been, and should remain, electing our voices back into the Legislature, and we are blessed with a broad slate of outstanding candidates in 2020 to do just that.
Overly focusing on the governor’s seat has cost us dearly. We must keep our eye on the long-term ball, and that includes continuing to play whack-a-mole: display to voters what the progressive tyrants are doing now that they are showing their true elitist, tyrannical colors.
Stay with me, Vermonters! I take a huge political risk by forecasting a collapsing economy in the next year or two. But I do so because hindsight is worthless and foresight is what we need — if I am proved wrong I will be elated. But I’m not wrong. I am a scholar of markets and common sense — our nation has increased its debt by 35% overnight, even as our GDP has dropped by a similar proportion. Vermont is in even worse shape. My family survived the Great Depression, and we have an even greater one looming over our heads.
And what are our progressive rulers doing while the Vermont economy implodes? More of the same idiocy — spending money, not balancing our budget, shortchanging pensions, passing more laws and taxes, saving the planet from Vermont’s deadly carbon dioxide, enacting systemic racism in the form of racist policies and spending. The list is long, but voters see this, and will see it more evidently over the next two years as the consequences of progressive folly become glaringly apparent.
In two years Vermonters will have seen the mighty utopian fantasies of the Zuckerman “visionaries” collapse into the the putrid ideological sand from which they sprang. The left will have earned the distrust of even liberals to fund pensions, operate schools or be trusted with the levers of government. Restoring businesses, farms and state coffers will be properly prized above divisive, false condemnations of Vermont as racist, above dishonest lies about enhancing prosperity by forced public purchase of foreign solar panels and electric cars, and above the nasty intolerance that says that Trump supporters must not be allowed to put his sign in their own yard.
Donald Trump did not destroy Vermont’s economy, attack our culture, and try to enslave us with a toxic Marxist elitism — progressives did. In 2022, they must be left clearly holding that bag. Voters will remember who dragged them over this fiscal cliff. And we will remind them, every step of the way.
Now let’s whack some moles. Speak up about the importance of fiscal integrity and economic growth to the vitality of any society, and vote for local candidates, whatever you do with the governor vote.
The “Phil Scott question” is the wrong focus: he has become irrelevant to our future, in which we must rebound from this disastrous course. When conservatives gain more legislative seats in 2020, they can shield Gov. Scott from veto overrides. But they can also prevent more devastating tax and other legislation from reaching David Zuckerman’s desk for signature.
Don’t worry about who’s governor — worry about who’s governing. We must reclaim the Legislature in order to reclaim our rights and self-determination. That’s where the action is.