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, May 09, 2007

Americans & Iraqis: All want US out of Iraq

Not that something this important would ever be covered by our corporate media, but in a vote taken yesterday, over half of the Iraqi parliament rejected the continuing occupation of their country.

144 lawmakers signed onto a legislative petition calling on the United States to set a timetable for withdrawal, according to Nassar Al-Rubaie, a spokesman for the Al Sadr movement, the nationalist Shia group that sponsored the petition.

It's a hugely significant development. Lawmakers demanding an end to the occupation now have the upper hand in the Iraqi legislature for the first time; previous attempts at a similar resolution fell just short of the 138 votes needed to pass (there are 275 members of the Iraqi parliament, but many have fled the country's civil conflict, and at times it's been difficult to arrive at a quorum).
They don't want us there.

In an interesting convergence, a new USA Today/Gallup Poll that came out today indicates that 6 out of every 10 Americans favor a time table for withdrawal from Iraq.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six out of 10 Americans support setting a timetable for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, even though a clear majority predict civil war there if U.S. forces withdraw next year, according to a poll published on Wednesday.

The USA Today/Gallup poll also found a majority of Americans expect terrorist attacks on the United States regardless of whether U.S. forces pull out in 2008.

The poll results "underscore the limited traction the Bush administration's arguments have gotten as White House officials and congressional Democrats negotiate an interim bill to finance the war," USA Today said.
So... both Iraqis and Americans want a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal. And remember, this is the 'Democratically elected parliament of Iraq'; the lawmakers for this now supposedly Democratic nation (remember all of those ink-stained fingers waving at the cameras?)

Bush and Cheney are running out of arguments behind which they can hide. It is painfully obvious that the only people who don't want a timetable are Bush, Cheney... and of course the contractors. Iraq is a money machine.

Not for us of course. Hell no. Its an elaborate money laundering scheme. The money goes in - via our tax coffers, enabled by the Democratic Congress - filters through the American contractors in Iraq (who over-bill for everything, and deliver next to nothing,) and then... they take home the cash! Halliburton now takes it home... to some country in Saudi Arabia. No American taxes for Cheney's boys!

Congressional Democratic majority - yo - are you listening? If this isn't a mandate for demanding that timetable, we need to toss y'all and try again, because you're just not tough enough for this sport.

Oh why couldn't Arnold Schwarzenegger have been a Democrat?

Hmm... somebody tough. But wait... according to this interview, perhaps we've got Clint Eastwood!

"I'm not really conservative. I'm conservative on certain things. I believe in less government. I believe in fiscal responsibility and all those things that maybe Republicans used to believe in but don't any more."

Clint - buddy - we need ya! Ride now to the aid of your country!

Pull out that Dirty Harry attitude and put on your Pale Rider hat (nice and low on your forehead,) and saddle up. Its obvious that the Democrats can't muster the courage -- we need someone to represent us, someone that a wannabe cowboy president will respect.

Ride up to the gates of the White House - under a flag of truce, if necessary - and hand them our demands. Yes, we're sending in our champion: going over the heads of Congress this time (they take too long, diddle around too much and then cave. We can handle this ourselves, right?)

We desperately need someone with a little 'Go ahead... MAKE MY DAY' or perhaps "I tried being reasonable, I didn't like it” in his spirit. W likes to dress up like a cowboy, but he just looks silly - and he can't act worth a damn. His 'sad' face is a joke. You could take him.

Just watch out for Cheney. He'll be lurking somewhere in the shadows - you can count on it - probably with his shotgun cocked. And he shoots at anything that moves. He probably won't hit you (Condi! DUCK!) but expect some armed resistance.

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