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

Friday, June 08, 2007

I like the ones the media hates

Because of the reason the media doesn't like them: they speak the truth.

They don't have huge, corporate bank accounts, fancy jets and lobbyists following them around. They aren't spinning, aren't smirking, aren't hedging; they are taking chances, actually listening, taking action and working for change... not just flying around giving careful speeches and posing for photo ops.

Instead of worrying about making a costly mistake, they are listening to our anger, and spending time connecting with us. They are in the mix, fighting our battles when no one else will listen. Dennis Kucinich stood up and warned Congress -- and us -- that the war would drag on and on if we allowed our government to privatize Iraqi oil. He also brought impeachment charges against Cheney. The man actually understands the Constitution, history and the law.

Meanwhile Chris Dodd is trying to restore our Constitution, apparently with no real hope that his party will do anything at all to punish Bush and Cheney. And Dodd obviously 'gets' the media circus.

I'd love to see these guys in a real debate, with a real moderator. Perhaps on PBS. Perhaps with Katrina van Heuvel or Bill Moyers or Amy Goodman, or Dan Rather or Ted Koppel -- even Bill Maher or Jon Stewart would ask better questions than these mainstream morons. And Stephen Colbert... imagine if he were moderating the Republicans! I'd pay to see that...

The corporate media is now so self-righteous and so smug: like those snobby rich kids that pushed you around in school, anointed 'cool' (i.e. rich) kids, and dissed the rest. Heaven help the smart kid in glasses who actually does his homework. Think back on how they dissed Al Gore, and swooned all over George W. Bush. They told us Bush was such a 'fun guy' and Gore was boring and 'too smart'. They had the gall to actually say, and I will never forget this: that it didn't really matter who was elected anyway. As if it was only American Idol, and not our democracy at stake.

Their debates are shallow and ridiculous, their questions lame, their sensationalism premature, and their ability to judge real character, completely flawed. I like Edwards a lot more now that they are attacking them. Knowing Hillary has Murdoch in her pocket, I refuse to listen when she moves her lips. I don't own any Hillary stock. I won't be receiving dividends.

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