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, June 11, 2007

NO CONFIDENCE in my Federal government

It is broken. Maybe broken beyond repair.

When partisan politics can over-rule justice and the rule of law in this country, it is over.

SHAME. Shame on all of you elected officials who didn't have either the moral integrity or the courage to vote against this man - this Attorney General no less - who lied under oath and has abused so many of our Constitutional rights. I am mortified that you partisan cowards are in our government. I can only hope that you will no longer have seats in the Senate after the next election, because you swore an oath to defend the Constitution against domestic enemies, and tonight you have betrayed us all.

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

At the start of each new Congress, in January of every odd-numbered year, the entire House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate performs a solemn and festive constitutional rite that is as old as the Republic. While the oath-taking dates back to the First Congress in 1789, the current oath is a product of the 1860s, drafted by Civil War-era members of Congress intent on ensnaring traitors.

Yes, ensanaring traitors. And quite a few were ensnared tonight, weren't they Senator Lieberman?

Coleman, Collins, Hagel, Smith, Specter, Snowe, Sununu. And the Democrats who voted no confidence with them.

These are my representatives.

This vote was about my Constitution and my democracy. Not politics. Not partisan games. This was about right and wrong; legal and illegal. And it was about spying on me, without a warrant.

It was about justice. Justice should always be nonpartisan. When it isn't... then we're talking about betrayal.

I am grateful that this oath means something to at least a few in Congress. This vote was 'easy' for the Democrats (except of course for Lieberman, but everyone knows what he's about.) This vote was courageous for the 7 senators above.

I believe history will remember you as patriots. I doubt you see yourselves in a greater context right now, but if we are to have any history someday (if we get through this disastrous, lawless presidency, global warming, peak oil -- and God knows what future wackos might decide to nuke which countries over oil;) at least you stood up for our Constitution.

And although I am not in your state(s) you stood up for me. I won't forget.

By the way... BIDEN, OBAMA, DODD -- you expect to get elected this way? By not even showing up?

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 110th Congress - 1st Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary
Question: On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Consideration of S.J.Res.14 )
Vote Number: 207 Vote Date: June 11, 2007, 05:55 PM
Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Cloture Motion Rejected
Vote Counts:YEAs53



Not Voting7

Grouped By Vote Position
YEAs ---53
Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Hagel (R-NE)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lincoln (D-AR)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Sununu (R-NH)
Tester (D-MT)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)
NAYs ---38
Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)
Present - 1
Stevens (R-AK)

Not Voting - 7
Biden (D-DE)
Brownback (R-KS)
Coburn (R-OK)
Dodd (D-CT)
Johnson (D-SD)
McCain (R-AZ)
Obama (D-IL)

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Blogger The Angry Independent said...

Thanks... I have been looking for the actual break down of the votes all afternoon.

Where did you get this info? I couldn't find it anywhere.

Nice site...

11:15 PM  
Blogger Maire said...

It was out on the senate.gov website (I get the links via Megavote, but I think I found the link out on Daily Kos anyway - they were live blogging out there.)


Love the AWOL presidential candidates. Great display of leadership.

Thanks for coming by!

11:28 PM  
Blogger Maire said...

Bleh, sorry - link was cut off on that last comment. Here is the link:

No Confidence vote

11:34 PM  

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