Is there something in the water in Vermont? In that state there has been a drive to secede from the union. They elected Howard Dean as governor. And now there’s a town in Vermont that’s looking at arresting Bush and Cheney on “war crime” if either makes the mistake of setting foot there.

A group in Brattleboro is petitioning to put an item on a town meeting agenda in March that would make Bush and Vice President Cheney subject to arrest and indictment if they visit the southeastern Vermont community.

“This petition is as radical as the Declaration of Independence, and it draws on that tradition in claiming a universal jurisdiction when governments fail to do what they’re supposed to do,” said Kurt Daims, 54, a retired machinist leading the drive.

Dude’s a machinist and retired at 54? He obviously inhaled a few chemicals over the course of his career and now he has way too much time on his hands.

As president, Bush has visited every state except Vermont.

Well it’s not real hard to figure out why. They did elect Howard Dean. Plus they’re all probably Patriots fans, and everyone knows they’re insufferable.

Support for the measure is far from universal, even in Vermont, where the state Senate voted earlier this year to support impeaching the president. Anti-war rallies are regular occurrences here, and “Impeach Bush” bumper stickers are common.

“I would not be supportive of it,” said Stephen Steidle, a member of the town’s selectboard, which oversees its government.

“It’s well outside of our ability. From my perspective, the Brattleboro Selectboard needs to focus on the town and the things that need to be done here.”

Daims has been circulating documents that claim the community acquires a “universal jurisdiction” to take such steps “when governments breach their highest duties.”

Mr. Daims, with all due respect, is a fruitcake. And he’s not alone in his affliction.

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