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 21, 2007

So... what is 'Unity08?'

There is a 'Proud to be a Unity08 Delegate' button on the side of this blog.

So what, exactly, does that mean? What is a Unity08 Delegate?

As I mentioned before, I have finally left the Democratic party and become an Independent. I have felt, for some time now, that the party has strayed from its roots and has been swallowed up by special interests -- and these special interests do not represent my interests. Some members of the party do seem to be on 'my page.' But the same can be said for some Republicans.

Both parties - in my opinion - are now completely compromised by special interests and their campaign contributions. And we are paying the price.

As Lou Dobbs has said - and I completely agree with him:

"I don't know about you, but I can't take seriously anyone who takes either the Republican Party or Democratic Party seriously -- in part because neither party takes you and me seriously; in part because both are bought and paid for by corporate America and special interests. And neither party gives a damn about the middle class."

Bingo.

Lou goes on to say:

"But as I discuss in my new book, "War on the Middle Class," what if we all resolved that we would not permit either the Republicans or Democrats to waste their time and ours with wedge issues? Both parties love to excite their bases by focusing on wedge issues like gay marriage, the pledge of allegiance, school prayer, judicial appointments, gun control, stem cell research and welfare reform.

Each of these wedge issues is important in varying degrees to large numbers of us, but none of them rises to the level of urgency or the requirement of immediate change in public policy.

These issues are raised by both political parties to distract and divert public attention from the profound issues -- like educating our youth, economic inequality and the war against radical Islamic terrorists -- that affect our daily lives and the American way of life. Imagine the consternation in Washington if both parties had to contend with a national electorate whose political affiliation had dramatically changed within a matter of weeks or months."

When I first heard about Unity08, I was a bit skeptical (I usually am - I grew up during the Nixon Administration, and one of my first memories of 'government in action' was Watergate.)

The more I read about their 'platform,' the more I realized that it is in sync with my own ideas about bipartisanship and the need to address real issues affecting this country - issues like healthcare - not just the usual, highly emotional wedge issues that appeal to the extremes on either side.

Imagine for a minute... a truly bipartisan ticket. Now wouldn't that shake up the establishment.

Now imagine that this bipartisan, 'Unity' ticket is:

"funded solely by small-dollar donations from everyday Americans. As a result the Unity08 President and Vice President will enter office not with favors owed to lobbyists and special interests but with a clear mandate from the American people to cooperate and provide courageous leadership on the most crucial, complex issues facing our country."
Sound interesting? I believe it is worth a try. Our political system, in its current state, is broken.

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