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, April 29, 2007

Criminal


Mr. Bush... if for no other reason than this one alone: you deserve to be impeached for your complete mismanagement of Katrina. Be it your own personal pride, arrogance, lack of empathy for those who were of a different race, political party and social standing... or perhaps a desire to see this annoyingly democratic and largely African American bastion destroyed - New Orleans still lies in ruins. The majority of residents still can't come home.

I am sure you and your cronies will label me as unpatriotic for writing this. That is your favorite answer for everything, your favorite bully slap-down. So I have to ask you... do you consider it patriotic to kill an entire American city? Who is being unpatriotic here!

Today I am reading in the Washington Post:

Allies offered $854 million in cash and in oil that was to be sold for cash. But only $40 million has been used so far for disaster victims or reconstruction, according to U.S. officials and contractors. Most of the aid went uncollected, including $400 million worth of oil. Some offers were withdrawn or redirected to private groups such as the Red Cross. The rest has been delayed by red tape and bureaucratic limits on how it can be spent.

In addition, valuable supplies and services -- such as cellphone systems, medicine and cruise ships -- were delayed or declined because the government could not handle them. In some cases, supplies were wasted.
Meanwhile, almost two years after the hurricane and failure of the levees, much of New Orleans still lies in ruins.

Mr. Bush... this is not a war zone in some foreign land that you have invaded... this is an American city that you allowed to be completely destroyed by levees that you refused to reinforce. And now you have left this city to die. College students on spring break are doing more to rebuild New Orleans. Everyday American citizens are doing more to rebuild New Orleans.

As with Climate Change, your 'leadership' is so abysmal - in fact, it could easily be labeled criminal neglect - that American cities, towns, volunteer groups, churches and just about every other sector of American life has been forced to fill your void. Because that is what you are sir: a void. A vacuum at the top. A black hole into which our money disappears and never resurfaces.

Other than passing out financial treats to your yacht club, oil tycoon buddies, you have done nothing but loot our institutions and our economy at home, while pillaging Iraq abroad - even the supposed 'reconstruction projects' in Iraq are already crumbling into ruin. Our tax dollars, hard at work. No wait... our tax dollars were neatly pocketed by Halliburton, shortly before they moved their offices off shore (so its not likely we'll be getting any of those tax dollars back, now will we sir?)

And you wonder why no one likes you? If you knew anything at all about history, you'd realize that robber barons have historically been quite unpopular. You get a choice, sir: behave like a criminal and go down in history as a criminal, or behave like a legitimate president (even if you were never really elected) and warrant a little more respect from the populace, and later history. Because history will crucify you, as soon as we manage to recover from your tenure.

I only wish we could impeach you first and save a little face as a nation. The rest of the world is no doubt wondering what the hell is wrong with us for allowing this to go on for 6 years. God only knows what will happen in the remaining two.

Mr. Bush, grow a heart. The Grinch managed it... what will it take for you to grow one yourself?

And while television sets worldwide showed images of New Orleans residents begging to be rescued from rooftops as floodwaters rose, U.S. officials turned down countless offers of allied troops and search-and-rescue teams. The most common responses: "sent letter of thanks" and "will keep offer on hand," the new documents show.

Criminal.

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