National Passion and Local Politics

My Point Of View

By Tim Philbin

It will be interesting to see if the national passions that brought a tidal wave of change in the Presidential election is carried over to local Town Meeting Day voting. To say that communities in Vermont are far removed from national or international issues is no longer true. Whether it be immigration, refugees, taxation or health care all seem to be settling on Vermonters doorstep and in our own communities.  It is a battle that is just beginning. It is a fundamental difference in political philosophies of “individualism” versus a “collective” view of the world and our place in it.  But more about these divergent views at another time. For now let us just sit back and see if anything will ripple thru the Vermont electorate this day. 

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