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, April 17, 2007

The East Coast is washing away

Weather's getting a bit sucky, wouldn't you say? The East Coast is pretty much washing away - 8 inches of rainfall in Central Park, NYC? I remember Westchester Co., from the last time I was in New York. The residents are being rescued from their houses by boat?

Yikes.

I keep waiting for something to hit Washington D.C. and bring the gravity of the situation home to our Capitol. Don't they get severe weather in D.C.?

God knows the rest of us do. Here in Indiana, we had 'another ho-hum freeze' - another day of not planting. The blossoms have fallen off the trees - given up for this year. I'm starting to wonder if we'll even have any leaves.

Is the jury in now Mr Bush? Because we really don't care if its inconvenient for you and your oil buddies... its getting a little inconvenient for us too. But its here.

Bloomington scores a spot on the National Ticker!By the way, our Step It Up for Climate Change went very well Saturday, even though we had to bring it inside the City Hall Chambers and out of the pouring rain, rather than hold it outside in the Farmer's Market. Rep. Baron Hill spoke, along with our Mayor, who issued a special proclamation honoring Step It Up. Author Scott Russell Sanders read a very moving 'letter to his children' that brought many in the crowd to tears. Every gathering should have their bard... we had more than one. We also had music! Carrie Newcomer sang, along with the a cappella group Kaia. Many City and Environmental organizations had booths set up all through the City Hall Chambers, and demonstrated many ways that each of us can cut our carbon footprint. Afterwards, many braved the rain and planted trees outside our Public Library.

From watching the ticker on the National site, it appears the movement was a huge success all over the country. There were 11 events in Indiana alone!

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