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

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Hell no: they won't go

Yesterday, two more GOP Senators called for the resignation of Alberto Gonzales.

Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), and Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) both called for Gonzales to step down, after hearing testimony from former Deputy Attorney General James Comey - testimony that showed Gonzales attempted to undermine the Department of Justice during Ashcroft's reign, by trying to force through the White House illegal wiretapping agenda against Ashcroft's will.

Hagel and Roberts join four other Republicans who have already called for Gonzales to resign: Senator John Sununu (R-NH), Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), Senator John McCain (R-AZ,) and House GOP Conference Chairman Representative Adam Putnam (R-FL). I'm not sure why Senator Arlen Specter isn't on this list... his razor-sharp contempt for Gonzales is now legendary.

"The American people deserve an attorney general, the chief law enforcement officer of our country, whose honesty and capability are beyond question," (Senator Chuck) Hagel said in a statement. "Attorney General Gonzales can no longer meet this standard. He has failed this country. He has lost the moral authority to lead."

Well, good luck with that. The entire world can't seem to get Wolfowitz to step down - he just refuses to leave.

Bushies are above the law. Ask any one of them and they'll tell you. They profess to serve only at the pleasure of Bush, Cheney, and of course GOD (an acronym that some believe means 'GOP Over Democracy;' although many believe the exact translation is really 'GOP Overthrowing Democracy'.)


Gonzo is apparently adhering to the same tactic used by Wolfowitz. He is flat out refusing to resign, and of course, Bush is backing him all the way. Gonzales knows you won't actually do anything about his lies and transgressions - you won't make him leave, and you can't make him tell the truth. You can call for his resignation until you are all blue in the face, but until you bring legal charges against him - and or impeachment proceedings - he doesn't plan to go anywhere.

Realize - this is a guy who doesn't believe in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, in Congress or the rights of American citizens. Your 'calls for resignation' mean nothing to a guy who believes he has the right to make up the rules as he goes along. He won't step down until you pull him down; not without direct, legal action... and perhaps handcuffs.

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