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

The Goracle finds his flow

I am watching the Goracle on Larry King right now, and I'm completely captivated. The man is, as we say, 'in the flow’… words pour out of him. He is completely at ease, strong, fiery at times - its no wonder everyone wants him to run now. He is finally, completely himself.

This is the real, authentic Al Gore, no longer the careful politician. He obviously cares greatly about climate change — enough that he has dedicated his life to changing our attitudes about it on a global scale. Especially in this time of rampant cronyism and partisan politics, it is refreshing - inspiring to see this kind of honest dedication and authenticity. I’d follow him anywhere. He’s real.

I believe him when he says he doesn’t plan to run for president. Why would he fall back into that trap? He’s changing the world right where he is. Why go back to being a ‘good guy in a bad system,’ when he can remain as he is now: a great leader on a global stage, making a real difference.

I can't wait to get my hands on his new book "The Assault on Reason." From what I've read of it so far, he goes right after those who would overthrow our Constitution, insert their own brand of religion into our democracy, and corrupt our system of government. In other words... he goes after Bush and Cheney and their entire cabal, and he does it with an intensity and fire we've all been waiting for. He's not doing it out of any partisan posturing... he's doing it because he honestly and authentically cares.

In the book, Gore is accusatory, passionate, and angry. He begins discussing the president by accusing him of sharing President Richard Nixon’s unprincipled hunger for power — and the book proceeds to get less complimentary from there. While Gore stops short of flatly calling for the impeachment of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, he certainly gives the impression that in his view such a move would be well deserved. He calls the president a lawbreaker, a liar and a man with the blood of thousands of innocent lives on his hands.

Most of Gore’s ire stems from, not surprisingly, the war in Iraq, a war that Gore opposed from the beginning. Bush, he writes, “has exposed Americans abroad and Americans in every U.S. town and city to a greater danger of attack because of his arrogance and willfulness.”

“History will surely judge America’s decision to invade and occupy (Iraq) as a decision that was not only tragic but absurd,” Gore writes.

Now there is the leadership we've been craving...

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