It is a bright and beautiful morning, the sun is shining, the cars are passing on the road, the dogs are sleeping. So what’s all the fuss? And why would a woman like me enter the governor’s race?
Sure there is a little volatility in the markets, and sure we see a lot of war on the news, and sure there is a problem with the oceans filling up with plastic, but they aren’t in my face so much, and I can just enjoy the weather, and make my breakfast and be happy, can’t I? I mean, what is it I hope to accomplish in a world filled with problems?
Most of us don’t worry about eating processed foods, and most of us will eat at Wendy’s, McDonald’s, and Burger King, then go home and pat the dog, watch a little TV, our eyes closed to the wickedness that happens to the animals we eat. For most of us and in so many ways, we don’t feel like we are removing ourselves from humanity by being part of this killing.
Many of us go to church with “Thou shalt not kill” as our prime mandate and feel absolutely OK with the killing we sponsor. Most of us watch people shooting, killing fighting, ripping limbs apart, hitting, beating, and raping on television and in the movies for our fun and entertainment.
Many of us don’t really trust government, though some of us do, but none of us really want to drink chemically-laced water, chemically-laced food, and chemically-laced air while living in chemically-laced homes. How many of us understand that our ill health begins with these things? But the air looks clean and the trees look green. We are okay in Vermont and we’ll go on as we always have you might say.
Still, when most of us come to a stop sign in a sleeping residential neighborhood in the middle of the night, we’ll stop. True you yourself may not believe in global warming, still I am sure you can see the large scale pollution across the globe. Stop one and you’ll solve both problems. Can you afford to be wrong on this one? Don’t you buy insurance just in case you screw up? What if corporate toxifications from oil to aspartame to GMs to mercury-laced vaccines, to pesticides, radiation and whatever else are the reason cancers and health issues are epidemic?
If you agree your health is the most important factor for happiness, you just might want to take the Vermont Pledge with the rest of us and “be the green you wish to see in your wallet” updating Gandhi’s words. Here it is: I pledge Vermont to be off petroleum in five years. I pledge Vermont to have enough organic food to feed itself in five years. In short off oil in five, all organic in five, and hemp next spring.
Want to know how? I’ll give you a hint, 90% elbow grease and 10% retooling.
Independent Gubernatorial Candidate
The Hemp and Constitution Candidate