It wasn’t the most treacherous act in the history of politics. It wasn’t Brutus knifing Caesar in the back. It wasn’t Vidkun Quisling selling out Norway to the Nazis. But a majority of Rutland City aldermen gained a high place on that inglorious list with their non-decision on the proposed settlement of Syrian refugees in their fair city.
What did they do? Well, they weaseled their way around the issue from every available direction.
First, they voted narrowly not to hold a nonbinding referendum on the plan.
Then, they sent a letter to the state — a nonbinding letter with no legal force — refusing to support the settlement.
… we do not feel we are currently in a position to be able to provide a letter of support for the proposal to establish a new reception and placement program in Rutland.
Please note: they didn’t state their opposition. They withheld their support.
Good God in heaven, what a pack of schmoes.