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 23, 2007

Former U.S. attorney Iglesias tells Gonzales to 'Cowboy up,' and step down

Fired U.S. attorney David C. Iglesias wrote a scathing opinion in the LA Times, calling for the Gonzales to 'serve the people' and resign, before a Senate vote of no confidence.

WHAT HAPPENS in a presidential administration when loyalty, to borrow a phrase from "Star Trek," becomes the "prime directive"? What happens when its all-encompassing fog obscures all other values — such as fealty to the Constitution, the rule of law or simple humanity?
Using crisp and terrific vocabulary - I'm not often treated to words like "shibboleth," or phrases like "loyalty uber alles" - Iglesias went on to blast Gonzales and the Bush administration for its adherence to blind loyalty over basic ethics, honesty, in the case of an ailing John Ashcroft, human compassion, and of course the law.

Will he "cowboy up," as we say in New Mexico — that is, find the courage to do the right thing? Or will he make the Senate go right up to the precipice of a no-confidence vote?
Well, at least its good drama... reminds me of a movie. I remember now, it was called "A Few Good Men." Wasn't the role of that brilliant young lawyer played by Tom Cruise based on the life of... David C. Iglesias? Perhaps he would be a legitimate choice for our next 'Attorney General'... when the blood and dust finally clear.

A few good men? The Justice Department is apparently in need of a total overhaul of 'good men,' and 'good women.' But they can start with one.



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