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

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Who made the call?

And now the question everyone has been asking - and of course, the question that the president will not answer: who made that famous 'Wednesday Night AmBush' phone call? (See Comey testimony via YouTube below.)

According to the Washington Post, it doesn't really matter that the president refused to answer one way or another (what - no lies this time?)

I personally think it does matter: as do all of the other lies, misdirections, 'lost' emails, secret meetings with partisan agendas, fired prosecutors, stolen elections, secret torture camps, the entire illegal premise for the Iraq war and a myriad of Constitutional attacks committed during his watch.

Everything matters.

But then again... I suppose it doesn't matter... if no one in Washington is willing to do anything about it.

According to the Washington Post, Friday editorial:

IT DOESN'T much matter whether President Bush was the one who phoned Attorney General John D. Ashcroft's hospital room before the Wednesday Night Ambush in 2004. It matters enormously, however, whether the president was willing to have his White House aides try to strong-arm the gravely ill attorney general into overruling the Justice Department's legal views. It matters enormously whether the president, once that mission failed, was willing nonetheless to proceed with a program whose legality had been called into question by the Justice Department. That is why Mr. Bush's response to questions about the program yesterday was so inadequate.

Somehow - in the days of my childhood - it was still possible to prosecute a president caught breaking the law.

I remember seeing Nixon's resignation speech on television when I was, well, old enough to realize that this was something completely new. What I didn't realize was that it was the surest sign that democracy was working as it should: that there were consequences for breaking the law, even at the highest level of the Federal government.

Apparently, the democracy of my childhood is now hopelessly broken. Everyone is screaming... but nobody is acting.

Come on - you know its atrocious when a still living, ex-president comes right out and says Bush is the "worst president in history" at handling international relations. Think about that. A former president calling the current president "the worst in history." Has that ever happened before? I highly doubt it. But then again, we've never seen behavior like this from within the White House.

Bill Clinton is mum of course; (golfs with W's daddy and his wife is running for president, so there is duct-tape over his mouth.) In contrast, the ever conscientious President Carter has obviously seen enough:

Former President Carter says President Bush's administration is "the worst in history" in international relations, taking aim at the White House's policy of pre-emptive war and its Middle East diplomacy.

The criticism from Carter, which a biographer says is unprecedented for the 39th president, also took aim at Bush's environmental policies and the administration's "quite disturbing" faith-based initiative funding.

"I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history," Carter told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story that appeared in the newspaper's Saturday editions. "The overt reversal of America's basic values as expressed by previous administrations, including those of George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and others, has been the most disturbing to me."

I have given up even asking 'what will it take?' It doesn't matter.

It is increasingly obvious that Bush could grab a high-power rifle and start picking off passersby from an upstairs window of the White House, and no one would raise a finger.

I doubt ABC would even cover it.

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