There was direct contact Saturday evening between both Shumlin and Sanders with the protesters in Barre. Shumlin waded right into the fray, and had the sense to actually thank the protesters for coming, as some people sang a song about corrupt politicians and others chanted “Save Our Mountains”. Video here.
Sanders came later, in the dark. The group settled down to let him speak, but instead of listening, he immediately began by stating that he disagreed with our point of view and then launched into a lecture in a very arrogant sounding tone of voice saying something like “We are trying to save the world”. This angered the crowd who immediately began shouting things back. Sanders got pissed and said he wouldn’t stay if people were going to interrupt him, and he left. Someone caught him briefly going up the stairs, and told him that many people greatly appreciated his efforts to protect Vermont from undue corporate influence, but that the technical facts simply don’t support his position on this (the wind) issue. He softened a bit, but then complained about being interrupted, at which point the person suggested that perhaps his opening remarks were not very concillatory. At that point we said goodbye and when up into the room.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”
quote by Margaret Mead
One Of The Protesters: