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

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Happens every day

We may have won the Cold War, but we're sure as hell losing the trade war.

It appears that tainted food imports from China are actually quite common. As in, it happens all the time.

Who knew? Heh - you can bet the FDA knew, they just didn't bother to tell the sucker American consumers.

Feel safe?

Seriously -- we're supposed to be afraid of isolated terrorist attacks, while every day, American businesses are importing poisoned ingredients from Chinese food suppliers and lacing them indiscriminately throughout our food chain?

I think its high time we picked a new definition of 'terrorism.'

It would seem that our economy is now so dependent on these Chinese imports that we can't do anything about this problem. According to Carol Tucker Foreman, a former assistant secretary of agriculture:

"Our farmers and food processors have drooled for years to be able to sell their food to that massive market," Foreman said. "The Chinese counterfeit. They have a serious piracy problem. But we put up with it because we want to sell to them."

At first glance, it seems rather odd that our government has forgotten that they are dealing with a communist nation governed by brutal dictators: guys that have basically wanted us dead, for generations. How shocking -- they're cheating us! (You should see what they did to Tibet.)

I have nothing at all against Chinese people. I do have some issues with their government.

Once upon a time, we actually disliked communism. Remember all of those foreign wars (via other countries -- Korea, Vietnam?) Most living Americans over the age of 30 were raised to believe that communists can't be trusted to have the same ethics that we do. That communism was bad. Evil, even.

Then someone figured out that we could make a whole lot of money by trading with them. Voila! Suddenly the Cold War was over, and communism was OK! (Well, except for Cuba of course.)

Turns out that our government was right in one respect: the Chinese really aren't any less ethical than our own corporations. Either side will happily sell us out for a yen.

Too bad our government didn't think of this 'trade thing' before all of those people died in the Vietnam war. I guess we were 'fighting them over there, so we wouldn't have to fight them over here.'

Now we're fighting them here - and they're poisoning us, apparently without remorse. This may not be as dramatic as flying airplanes into the World Trade Towers, but nevertheless quite effective. Ask any pet owner if they feel 'terrorized' right now. And we're even paying them to do it to us.

Tainted Chinese Imports Common
In Four Months, FDA Refused 298 Shipments

By Rick Weiss
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, May 20, 2007; A01

Dried apples preserved with a cancer-causing chemical.

Frozen catfish laden with banned antibiotics.

Scallops and sardines coated with putrefying bacteria.

Mushrooms laced with illegal pesticides.

These were among the 107 food imports from China that the Food and Drug Administration detained at U.S. ports just last month, agency documents reveal, along with more than 1,000 shipments of tainted Chinese dietary supplements, toxic Chinese cosmetics and counterfeit Chinese medicines.

For years, U.S. inspection records show, China has flooded the United States with foods unfit for human consumption. And for years, FDA inspectors have simply returned to Chinese importers the small portion of those products they caught -- many of which turned up at U.S. borders again, making a second or third attempt at entry.

Nice of our FDA to tell us about all of this, don't you think? And now we find out that this has been going on for years.

Should we be wondering if there is asbestos in our styrofoam pots, and cyanide in baby teething rings? My God - nearly everything we buy now is made in China. Just how poisoned are we?

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