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New senator: why I (alone) voted no on Trump resolution

by Sen. Russ Ingalls

If this Resolution were to have condemned the rioters that breached the Capital, I would have gladly signed on.

I also would have wanted condemnation of all the rioters and their actions that have been occurring across this country through all of 2020 that is happening in mainly Democratic-controlled cities that the Democrats refuse to acknowledge or condemn.

Portland’s Federal building is attacked on a nightly basis with almost military procession but that seems to be ok.

That is only one mention of many problems that has persisted but yet are still called peaceful protests.

Although I’m bothered that not one Democrat will stand and condemn this violence, I’m not willing to hold accountable the Politicians who say nothing about it.

Donald Trump did not say to these people to go storm the Capital. This Resolution was a political statement to cause as much harm as it possibly could to all Republicans and Trump specifically. It was a hate-filled, poorly written, vile document that was unworthy of anyone’s signature.

– Sen. Russ Ingalls

As many of you are aware, there was a Resolution passed by the House and Senate this week to which I voted no, the only one in the Senate to do so.

I hold the people who are doing the rioting and looting accountable.

Donald Trump did not say to these people to go storm the Capital.

This Resolution was a political statement to cause as much harm as it possibly could to all Republicans and Trump specifically.

It was a hate-filled, poorly written, vile document that was unworthy of anyone’s signature.

If we are going to start blaming Politicians for people’s lawlessness, let’s start blaming all the Politicians, including the Democrats because they are all complicit in their actions as defined in this resolution.

I condemn all violence no matter who perpetrates it. If there were a Democrat president and this were to happen and this resolution were to appear written in the same way, I would not have signed it.

Vermont faces many problems and the pandemic has created more.

Our small businesses are getting crushed. Many have closed their doors never to return with many more just trying to do whatever they can do to hang on. The employees that all politicians profess to care for are getting crushed even more.

Our kids are falling behind with their education with this ridiculous at-home learning and the lack of social interaction that is so important in the development of a child.

Lack of reliable broadband for all is a huge problem but we also spend more money per pupil than Sweden, which by many is said to be the gold standard of education, with Vermont kids seeing vastly different results than their counterparts.

It’s very unfortunate that our kids don’t stay here after they graduate because there are no jobs here to support them. It is a foregone conclusion that once they go to college, we see them only on an occasional home visit.

We should be spending more time to solve that problem.

Lack of broadband also keeps the creation of new businesses at bay and hampers the abilities of ones already here from competing with the world and severely restricts the ability for folks that are able, to work from home.

Our farmers are struggling. Is there anything more Vermont, more wholesome or any better ambassador for our State than a Vermont Farmer? I think not.

Let’s do the only thing Vermont Farmers have asked for, pay them for their milk. They are resourceful enough to figure out the rest. I have a bill that does that.

We need to find a way to equitably tax our citizens without driving away our population, our businesses or any business that would like to come to our State as what is happening in New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Washington and many other high tax states.

But instead we pass laws that do just the opposite such as the global solutions act that professes to solve a problem that we don’t contribute to, didn’t create and are too big to solve ourselves even as the United States has reduced its greenhouse gasses more in the last 4 years than any developed country in the world including any of the countries still in the Paris accord.

The tax burden proposed hurts Vermont’s most vulnerable at a higher proportion than any other segment of our population.

The list to our problems can go on.

I was elected to help solve Vermont’s problems and to represent, to the best of my ability, the people of the Orleans/Essex District.

I did not sign on to play the ‘Gotcha Politics’ that this Resolution is.

Our new leaders in the House and Senate have expressed a willingness to address mainly the problems that Vermont faces with the expressed interests of what this pandemic has created but yet here we are, playing the games that do nothing to help our constituents.

I’m hoping that we can get back on track.

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  2. Being a member of a protected class (a democrat), he was able to fend off the results of his murderous…

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  1. Admiring your courage to stand up in the face of this grade school level of retribution, I wish you a long and successful tenure
    in the Vermont Senate. Thank you for daring to rise above the hypocrisy and double standards regarding right vs left especially when the democrat party and their handmaidens of the mainstream media have not been able to do so.

  2. Post 1/20/21, forward all mail for Sen. Ingalls to: Vermont democratic Re-education Camp #54, Montpelier Vt..

  3. After seeing Congressman Matt Gaetz and Congressmen Louie Gomer speak out on the floor this week, they pointed out the obvious. If you listen carefully, the gasping, gnawing and gnashing of teeth, followed by wild banging of the speaker’s gavel to stop the Truth from coming out. This isn’t about right or left anymore. It is good vs evil. Those who can’t believe it or refuse to see it unfolding before their lying eyes will be in a world of pain soon enough. The USA is not immune to what has happened and does happen in other parts of world.

  4. The Left, apparently, can’t help themselves. Theirs is a Faustian bargain – trading something of supreme moral or spiritual importance, for some worldly or material benefit.

    Ironically, the Left’s bargained benefit is better attained by asserting one’s individual responsibility, because what is surrendered in the Leftist’s bargain is ultimately far more valuable than what is obtained. Why else does Leftist economics, increased public education spending and social welfare, for example, continue to result in increasingly poor academic performance, drug abuse, suicide and progressively more poverty?

    But because individualism, as we ‘deplorables’ understand it, is the ultimate existential threat to the Left, they will stop at nothing to disparage and destroy anyone and everyone who threatens them.

    While I too hope we can get back on track, I’m afraid the tracks have been destroyed.

    Who is John Galt?

  5. Outstand review of almost all of the things that should be a priority in the Vermont state legislature. You are a breathe of fresh air senator. Thank you for that.

  6. Thanks, I’m glad to see some common sense back in the state house, our entrenched elected officials
    that follow only the way of the wind instead of following the Constitution !!!……….. Thanks Again .

  7. Thank you Senator. You did your due diligence and you did not jump without the facts.

    Ashame on the House caucus for not getting the facts. President Trump did not insight violence, I know I was there and heard his speech first hand, live!. Plus I’ve re-listened to his words. Further, the President condemned the violence at the U.S. Capitol at 3:26pm on Twitter. Of course we cannot verify that today because Twitter shut down our President’s voice.

    Lastly, I witnessed antifa/blm ppl present and loud at the rally and at the Capitol. This is about We The People and what is right. Many of these members hate this President whose done a lot of great things for Vermonters! Thank you.
    Gregory Thayer
    Rutland, VT.

    • If you were there Greg, shouldn’t you turn yourself in? They are probably looking for you, and you can obviously help ID those Antifa agitators

      • Your love continues. Thank you!

        #StolenElection
        #TrumpPenceSTRONG
        #WakeUpAmerica
        #TurnVtRED

  8. Litmus Test?
    If the “Never T rump” crowd has their way. membership in the “new” VT GOP will require a sharp pivot left, as has become painfully obvious with adoption of our Legislators’ ridiculous resolution. Shame on all RINO officials who took GOP money to get elected, only to now betray the core values and principles that inform our preferred way of life. Despite Trump’s many good works – e.g., border security, roaring economy, improved trade treaties, lowered taxes, reduced tensions in the Middle East. winding down war in Afghanistan and MAGA, etc. – the rabid left has opposed his every move. Is President Trump perfect? Of course not! Are any of us? But now that he is denied a second term via a very suspect “election,” why pile-on with condemnation and scorn just when he’s on his way out? For whose benefit? I.ve been around since FDR and have observed many presidents come and go. History will be the judge of how well he did, but I wager Trump has been better than most! Finally, a big Thank You to Sen. Ingalls for daring to say NO.

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