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

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Oil Scam

Oil Scam

I am Oil
I am Oil
Oil I am

That Oil-I-am!
That Oil-I-am!
I do not like
that Oil-I-am!

Do you like
our oil scam?

I do not like it,
Oil-I-am.
I do not like
your oil scam.

Would you like it
here or there?

I would not like it
here or there.
I would not like it
anywhere.
I do not like
your oil scam.
I do not like it,
Oil-I-am.

Would you like to
have no choice?
Would you like to
have no voice?

I would not like to
have no choice.
I would not like to
have no voice.
I do not want it
here or there.
I do not like it
anywhere.
I do not like your oil scam.
I do not like it, Oil-I-am.

Can we drill on
public land?
Can we drill in
stream and sand?

Not on our land.
Not in our sand.
Not without voice.
Not without choice.
I would not like it here or there.
I would not like it anywhere.
I would not like your oil scam.
I do not like it, Oil-I-am.

Don't you want that
guzzling car?
Buy it! Drive it!
Here we are.

I would not,
could not,
drive that car.

You may like it.
You will see.
When we're drilling
in the sea!

I do not want you in our sea.
Don't want your car! You let me be!

I do not want you on our land.
I do not want you in our sand.
I will not let you take my voice.
I will not let you take my choice.
I do not like you here or there.
I do not like you anywhere.
I do not like your oil scam.
I do not like it, Oil-I-am.

The ice! The ice!
The ice! The ice!
Will you let
us drill the ice?

Not in the ice! Not in the sea!
Don't want that car! Oil! Let me be!

I would not, could not, on our land.
I could not, would not, in our sand.
I will not let you take my voice.
I will not let you take my choice.
I will not like it here or there.
I will not like it anywhere.
I do not need your oil scam.
I do not like it, Oil-I-am.

Say!
In the park?
This national park!
Would you let us drill this park?

I would not, could not,
in the park.

Would you sell at any price?

I would not sell
at any price.
Don't drill the parks. Not in the ice.
Don't want that car. Out of our sea.
I do not like it, Oil, you see.
Not without choice. Not on our land.
Not without voice. Not in our sand.
You cannot drill it here or there.
You cannot drill it anywhere!

You do not like
our oil scam?

I do not
like it,
Oil-I-am.

Can we drill Alaska still?

When last you drilled -
you left a spill!

Would you let us drill the slope?

I could not, would not, let you drill
Alaska till you splash or spill.
I will not let you drill in ice.
I won't give in - at any price.
Not in the park! Out of our sea!
Don't want your car! You let me be!
I will not let you drill our land.
I will not let you drill our sand.
I will not let you take my voice.
I will not let you take my choice.
I do not want it here or there.
I do not want it ANYWHERE.

I do not need your oil scam.
I do not like it, Oil-I-am.

You do not like it -
So you say.
And yet we will not go away.
Because you have no other way.

Oil!
We do not need,
your crude today.
There is another,
cleaner way.

Say!
We plan to use the wind and sun
And geothermal, Oil-I-am!
We do not need you in our sea.
We want our parks and lakes oil-free!

So leave our streams and ice alone
Stay out of parks. Don't drill our stone.
Only electric cars for me!
They are so clean, and cheap, you see!

So take your drills out of our sand.
For here and now we make our stand.
We will not let you take our voice.
We've got another, better choice.
We will not use it here or there.
Say! We don't need it ANYWHERE!

We're tired of
your oil scam...
Your time is up now,
Oil-I-am.

- Maire (with Dr. Seuss looking over my shoulder)

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