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, May 08, 2007

Can we borrow our National Guard?

Dear President Bush:

Can we citizens of the United States 'borrow' our National Guard - just for the summer and hurricane season - so we can dig out of these natural disasters in a more timely manner? There seem to be some unusually strong storms lately (although of course, not caused by the Climate Change you don't believe in. Of course not.)

Our National Guard - we'd just like to borrow them sir. We'll need that equipment back too.

Take Kansas, for an example. The governor would love to help remove rubble from Greensburg - maybe even pull a few more people out - and start rebuilding, but her National Guard and equipment are in Iraq. Where have we heard this before? Oh yes! New Orleans, after Katrina.

“I don't think there is any question if you are missing trucks, Humvees and helicopters that the response is going to be slower,” Sebelius said. “The real victims here will be the residents of Greensburg, because the recovery will be at a slower pace.”
Since much of New Orleans still looks like the hurricane passed through yesterday, I'm guessing they have a similar problem.

Oh, and as for Sebelius' plan to "bring up those concerns with President Bush on Wednesday when he visits the hard-hit Kansas farming town of Greensburg, where a tornado hit Friday, claiming nine lives," well, good luck with that... right sir? You really hate it when anyone - especially a governor - calls you out on the impact your Iraq war is having here in the States.

Just ask Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco about that one.

I know that tornado season is upon us here in the Midwest, and hurricane season is about to crank up in the Southern States and Eastern seaboard. We're going to need that National Guard sir... to, well, guard the Nation. You know - do the work they were created to do, in each state, when needed, during emergencies, and in time to save lives. You do sorta care about American lives - don't ya?

You never know, you may even need the National Guard around one day in Washington D.C. if a hurricane hits, or a tornado rips through your ranch in Texas. It would be a bummer if you were trapped in your basement and there was no one around to dig you and Barney out of the rubble. We think about these things... maybe you should too.

Thanks.

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