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, June 21, 2007

How low can they go?

Tonight, a new Gallup poll reveals only 14 percent of Americans have confidence in the United States Congress -- guys, that is the lowest in history.

Wee!

Add to that, the latest Newsweek poll shows that Bush has dropped to 26% (how on earth can he be polling higher than Congress? Is it just that we expected Congress to at least... be smarter?) Newsweek actually has Congress at 25%... but come on guys, surely you can do better than that!

From Newsweek:

June 21, 2007 - In 19 months, George W. Bush will leave the White House for the last time. The latest NEWSWEEK Poll suggests that he faces a steep climb if he hopes to coax the country back to his side before he goes. In the new poll, conducted Monday and Tuesday nights, President Bush’s approval rating has reached a record low. Only 26 percent of Americans, just over one in four, approve of the job the 43rd president is doing; while, a record 65 percent disapprove, including nearly a third of Republicans.

Hmm.

Um, my friends in the House and the Senate: maybe you have nothing to lose by at least trying that impeachment thing? Or perhaps prosecuting people who lie under oath and engage in domestic spying without warrants?

You know, like upholding your oaths of office? That kind of thing? Something other than wringing your hands, saying you can't stop the war, you can't impeach, you can't get the emails, you can't pass any legislation, you can't... do... anything... we... sent... you... there... to... do...

Pathetic.

Interesting sidebar to the Gallup poll:

Of the 16 societal institutions tested in Gallup's 2007 update, Americans express the most confidence in the military. They have the least confidence in HMOs and Congress. Americans have much more confidence in "small" business than in "big" business.

Reaganomics not working out so well? I think we just barfed all over 'Generica.'

Oh, and we'd like just a few items that are NOT made in China, if you don't mind. Household items that aren't full of toxic chemicals and lead, and food that won't kill us or our pets. Think you can handle all of that?

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