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

Sir, you cannot stop us

Step It Up for Climate ChangeSenator Inhofe, you are a joke. Your small-minded petulance is sad at best, and useless now against this tide. Its far too late to stop the momentum, turn back the clock, or put back the genie.

The truth is out: you cannot make this truth into another lie.

Thousands of multi-national scientists attest to the warming of our planet, and the role we humans have played in this damage to our climate. Record breaking temperatures for the past 10 years have underlined this crisis - and this 'winter' was ridiculous.

A wave of anti-warming activity is sweeping across this nation - and you dare to call our Live Earth concert at the Capitol, a 'partisan event?' And you - of all people - a republican talking to us about partisan!

Entire communities across the length and breadth of this nation are planning Step It Up rallies for April 14th... I suppose every one of these communities is 'partisan' as well. If so, then we are partisan to life, sir. Not oil... life. Not greed and politics. We'd simply like to live. If you don't care - that is your choice. But you will never make that choice for us.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And of course, the first word is LIFE. It is pretty hard to have the rest, if you don't have the first.

Get over the Al Gore thing already - its pathetic. Why so threatened by Al? Is it that you just can't stand it... that he gracefully exited the political stage and did something meaningful with his life, rather than take a high-paying lobbyist job (as you no doubt mean to do when you retire, or finally get tossed out of office.) Al is that goody-two-shoes who makes the rest of you rats look bad... is that it? Or are you... pardon me for using your words... simply unable to let go of your 'partisan' antipathy towards him because he is a Democrat?

Sir - I hate to break this to you, but we do not care what you think. You may block the concert at our Capitol with your connections and your pull. But you cannot stop us.

Your oil lobbyists cannot stop us. Exxon cannot stop us. Shell cannot stop us. The coal companies cannot stop us. The White House cannot stop us.

We will rally in the streets, we will rally in town squares, we will replace light bulbs, we will hold concerts, we will plant trees, we will sing, we will write letters, we will cut emissions and our carbon footprints, we will make our cities Kyoto cities, we will eat locally grown food, we will install solar panels, we will carpool, bicycle, and walk -- we will do whatever it takes to save our planet and ourselves... and you sir, and your army of oil men... you cannot stop us anymore.

You are irrelevant. Your damage here is done.

Mr Gore, please move the concert to the Lincoln Memorial. I think Mr. Lincoln would enjoy the show. That Capitol no longer belongs to the people of this nation; men like Mr Inhofe have locked the doors against us. But Mr. Lincoln's temple stands open to the air, the wind and to all citizens. Mr Lincoln will always be ours... and 'We the People' will always be his.

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