Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.


- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Moving on...

Today I unsubscribed from Moveon.org.

I've been a member from way, way back... years even. I've watched the organization grow from a grass roots organization to a 'National Lobby.' Apparently once you become a 'National Lobby,' you forget who you represent. Some of that K Street muck must rub off on you as soon as you set foot in the street -- perhaps it bubbles out of the sewers there.

I was one of the long time members who received the famous, duplicitous email asking me to vote for 'my choice' - pro or con, concerning the Iraq Supplemental war funding bill. I immediately noticed that none of the choices represented choice: the inclusion of Rep. Lee's amendment, which would remove all troops from Iraq by the end of 2007.

I also noticed that Moveon was claiming that members of the progressive Out of Iraq Caucus were planning to support Pelosi's rejection of this amendment. I found this highly unlikely... and sure enough, I soon received a warning email from True Majority noting that the MoveOn poll was deliberately misleading in its wording.

True Majority suggested that those MoveOn members who were in favor of an immediate withdrawal from Iraq (thus, in favor of the Lee Amendment,) vote against the funding bill, and then post comments as to why (or express outrage about the sleazy wording of the poll -- and I did.)

After seeing the political fallout from this Moveon ploy (and the confusion it caused in the ranks of many trusting Moveon members,) I subjected Moveon to my Lincoln Litmus test "Stand with them when they are right, part with them when they are wrong". Moveon came up short.

I have come to the inescapable conclusion that it is time for me to 'move on' from MoveOn.

I encourage any other MoveOn members who support a complete withdrawal from this illegal 'oil grab' war to join True Majority or The Backbone Campaign instead. Both organizations are working very hard to end the war - and they won't lie to you or let you down.

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