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

Monday, May 21, 2007

Spying on us

I just finished the most recent installment of "Frontline: Spying on the Home Front," and I have to tell you... watching this program after having recently viewed the Comey testimony... was quite harrowing.

Realize, Gonzales and his army of Bushie henchmen are the very guys spying on our lives. Oh... my... God. Just imagine what they're really doing with all of this information they are data-mining. You can bet your booties it has nothing at all to do with terrorism. These guys think of nothing but partisan power-grabs. And now they have the entire power of the phone companies, the internet and god knows what else at their disposal, Constitution be damned.

I think most of us would like to imagine that someone noble and honorable is 'up there' in Washington D.C., protecting our freedom and respecting our privacy. Someone like a Jimmy Carter, or perhaps Dwight D. Eisenhower. An honorable leader who actually might have had our safety and best interests in mind.

No, the guys reading our emails, listening in on our phone calls and monitoring our Google searches are these corrupt and entirely partisan foot soldiers of the Bushie army - the very guys who planned to stuff GOP partisans into prosecutor positions all across the nation, ostensibly so they could control 'voter fraud' fallout. Men who have perfected the art of undermining the Constitution... like Alberto Gonzales, and John Yoo. Partisan hacks like Gonzales' sidekick and Ashcroft 'hospital hitman' Andy Card - and heaven forbid, Karl Rove himself. You better believe Karl is in on this. Else how on earth could his own emails have so conveniently escaped the net?

Think these guys aren't interested in listening in on private conversations between liberals? Democrats? Democratic candidates? Think they aren't reading opposition party emails?

Of COURSE they are spying on the Democrats, the Greens, the Independents, the peace activists, lawyers, clergy... they're spying on US. All of us.

And the plan is plain as day, to anyone who has been watching every other scandal they have involved themselves in (and that we have dug out) over the past 5 years. Everything, from the prosecutor scandals, the outing of Valery Plame, Rove's missing emails and his political hit list, not to mention the Bushies' unabashed use of RNC email accounts for conducting White House business.

Everything is about promoting the GOP partisan agenda.

This isn't about protecting the United States. They aren't spying to find terrorists. They are spying to build the power of the GOP. They have proven, time and again, that this is - literally - all they care about. The unabashed and unrelenting pursuit of political power.

That secret, AT&T room is siphoning off ALL domestic traffic.

Sure, maybe if this was all being done by someone with any credibility, honor or ethics, we could trust them. Or not. Our forefathers warned against trusting ANYONE with our freedom and democracy. Forefather and former president John Adams admonished us that "there is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty."

Me thinks it would be in the Democrats' best interest to get to the bottom of this domestic spying program, if they expect to have any chance - ever again - in the political arena. Think Diebold was bad? The Bushies have made of themselves... electronic omnipotent gods.

Alberto is watching you. Yuck - quick - pull down the blinds!

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