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

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Retired Colonel Ann Wright Arrested at Judiciary Committee

Support our troops (by arresting them)

Well this is rather amazing. Or I suppose it should be amazing, but it isn't. I wish that it was amazing.

I was out perusing AfterDowningStreet.org (a site I highly recommend to anyone who has given even a passing thought to impeachment lately,) and I found this blog entry about the arrest of retired Colonel Ann Wright.

Colonial Wright resigned from her post as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in 2003 - in protest - after Bush invaded Iraq. This was a rather profound action, when you consider that Wright served for 26 years in Army and the Army Reserves, 15 years in the Diplomatic Corp, and received the State Department's Award for Heroism as Charge d'Affaires during the 1997 evacuation of Sierra Leone. Apparently that heroism thing is for real.

The story is that she spoke out during the House Judiciary Committee's hearing on the 'FBI's Use of National Security Letters,' and Judiciary Chair, John Conyers asked her to leave. As she was leaving, with a capital police escort, they suddenly arrested her.

Apparently, there isn't any word on whether she was charged (although now that we've lost habeas corpus, I suppose being 'charged' is no longer a requirement. Just 'lock em up and throw away the key,' boys.)

Amazing.

'Government of the people, by the people and for the people...' Yeah? If a 26 year Army veteran and retired Colonel can't speak out, in the people's house, then the rest of us are up a creek without a paddle.

I used to love walking around Washington D.C. It always felt like the citadel of 'my government.' It was of course (to a history buff) a touchstone of historical drama and even cultural mythology. But always... it was mine.

Not any more. We've been tossed out of our own house. All of us. Think about that.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich appears to be on the verge if putting impeachment on the table. Maybe its time.

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