It is very early morning here in Vermont and I have a busy day planned. I don’t intend to watch the transfer of power from Barack Obama to Donald Trump, but will spend time dealing with local school budgets for the Town Finance Committee and having lunch with some women from my mystery book group, Malice on Main.
I will be well represented by Vermont’s Senators, Sanders and Leahy and by Congressman Welsh, all Democrats, but our Republican Governor is not going. VTDigger reported
Republican Governor Phil Scott, who distanced himself from President Donald J. Trump early in his gubernatorial bid, will not be attending the president’s inauguration on Friday.
Jason Gibbs, Scott’s chief of staff, says the governor “is focused on Vermont’s priorities, putting the finishing touches on his budget, his legislative agenda and making additional appointments.”
I think Congressman Welsh articulated the reason Vermont’s Congressional delegation is attending very nicely. His statement, which I also heard on the local news, explains
“I believe the inaugural ceremony is about more than any individual,” Welch said in a statement. “It is about the peaceful transition of power enshrined in our Constitution. I believe it is my job to participate in, and be a witness to, this touchstone of our democracy and powerful symbol to the world. So, while I respect the decision of some of my colleagues to stay home, I will attend, but not celebrate, Friday’s ceremony.”
Trump hasn’t even taken the oath yet and I’m already overloaded on news about how unprepared his cabinet appointees mostly are: all the potential conflicts of interest, past shady financial dealings, and lack of knowledge. It seems that no one really vetted them before they were nominated. And we haven’t even gotten to the policy stuff!
Tomorrow, I will attend the Sister Vigil in a local downtown park, but today is a day for thinking about and doing other things. And for being sad.
Cartoon from Tom Toles