This letter is by Gregory Thayer, of Rutland.
The Democratic leadership is licking their lips with a bigger super-duper majority in the Legislature for this next two years. There are 150 elected House members and 30 Senate members in the Vermont General Assembly. After this past general election across Vermont, there will be 112 Democrat/Progressives in the House and 23 in the Senate. This immediate past biennium, Democrats/Progressives had 104 in the House and the same 23 in the Senate.
There will only be 38 Republicans in the House and seven in the Senate. I accept the people’s vote and the outcomes from this past election. According to the Vermont Election Unit there are 506,666 registered voters here in Vermont, and only 291,898 Vermonters voted — that is a dismal voter turnout of 57.6%. And of these voters, only 96,000 Republicans voted — that’s only 18.95% of all statewide registered voters. What is wrong with people not exercising their constitutional right to have your voice heard? And turnouts weren’t much better in the 2020 general election cycle either. Remember both of these elections we had mail-in ballot procedures, where every person (and many others) received blank ballots, and voter turnout is no higher. It simply creates a lot of questions, fraud and integrity issues of the real outcomes.
David Zuckerman said on election night: “Throughout this campaign, I’ve highlighted the economic stress Vermonters are facing. The anxiety, the economic stress, combined with the anxiety of our planetary climate crisis, is weighing folks down.”
He added: “The breakdown of our democracy and respectful discourse of people with different political differences is weighing people down. People are tired. We need leaders who are willing to step up and meet these huge challenges we’re facing right now.”
No doubt David, but you and your party and your Marxist ideology have been leading our state for the past 20 years. It is safe to say that by your own words and the many problems facing Vermonters that you and your party are the problem, and the reason for the stress and hardships for every single Vermonter. There was no compare-and-contrast in the recent election cycle, so the media is not doing their job. They helped create this mess.
Vermonters need to do more to learn about what is going on in their community and under the Golden Dome. Do people really want this type of government control, big spending and less liberty by big brother? I understand that there are already 90 bills ready to hit the floor when the Legislature convenes in early January — more control laws. As I traveled across our beautiful state over the past couple of years hosting town halls and running for statewide public office, I listened to people, and I do not believe this is what you want for you or your family. I do not believe that everyday Vermonters support more government control. and that you understand the truth.
First, I’m asking that you understand the left’s use of fuzzy, feel good words. They are changing the meaning of simple words like diversity and inclusion, and programs like SEL (Social Emotional Learning). Second, these people are satisfying their Marxist agenda driven by national left-wing politics. Third, “We The People” are so busy in our lives with family, work and paying these high bills; to that end, I believe that many great Vermonters do not know the seriousness of what the Democratic Party leaders are doing to us.
Respectfully, my fellow Vermonters, you need to pay attention to what is going on before your paycheck, assets, inheritance and your first born are taken over by the state government. We need to have a conversation about the facts. There are daily publications at your fingertips: True North Reports and Vermont Daily Chronicle are two sources to start with. Also, you can watch legislative committee meetings on demand on your computer through the Vermont Legislature website, with no commentary by the left or the right. You hear what your legislator is saying and wants to do, then you can decide.
Also, my Vermonters for Vermont Initiative will be hosting different town halls and forums on policies being debated that will affect you.
In the end, I firmly believe that if we pay more attention to our voting choices, Vermont will be a better place with a more perfect union.