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 15, 2007

Giuliani campaign snubs farmers: "You aren’t worth a million dollars"

Deb and Jerry VonSprecken of Olin, Iowa were thrilled when the Giuliani campaign contacted them and asked them to host a fund-raiser at their farm. The couple sailed through the security check, and began planning in earnest.

They made phone calls, got their local their sheriff and fire department involved - the Olin school even planned to let students out early so they could attend the rally. According to her husband Jerry, "Deb even went around and personally invited people.”

Accommodations were made to handle extra traffic around the farm, and the family brought in bleachers to seat the crowd of 75-100 town people they expected to attend the rally. Deb’s mother, sister and niece even arranged to fly to Iowa from Texas to meet Giuliani in person.

On Tuesday, the couple received a phone call from the Giuliani campaign asking about their personal assets. When they replied that their assets basically included their 80 acre farm and their cattle, a spokesman from the Giuliani campaign replied: "I'm sorry, you aren't worth a million dollars and he is campaigning on the Death Tax right now."

And with that, the campaign unceremoniously canceled the event - leaving the couple, and the entire town of Olin, hanging in the breeze.

Way to alienate an entire town with one phone call.

“It’s really sad that we aren’t good enough because we aren’t millionaires,”Jerry VonSprecken told reporter Michelle Phillips, of the Anamosa Journal- Eureka.

“This is a horrible retraction we’re having to make. I’m in a state of shock, very hurt and embarrassed. I don’t understand why they don't want to talk to normal people,” his wife Debra added.

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