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 29, 2007

Where do I begin?

While we were out of town this past week, the government has seemingly turned on its ear. I have tried to blog here and there, via laptop, but haven't even come close to even reading it all, let alone thinking about it and drawing any conclusions.

The Washington Post as suddenly and inexplicably decided to do an expose on Cheney (after almost 7 years - what brought this on?) Intelligent sources from the left, right and middle (Ellsberg, John Dean and Bruce Fein, to name a few) are all screaming for Cheney's impeachment.

Meanwhile, Cheney has declared himself above the law - and apparently a part of both the executive and legislative branches, which in his convoluted way of thinking means he is accountable to neither (huh?)

The White House is refusing to honor subpoenas... and this may end up going before the Supreme Court, which has already proven itself to have its own strange and horrifying partisan break (from reality.) Will they honor their judicial duty, or cave to partisan (or worse, corporate) pressure? And is 'partisan' even what it was 5 months ago, when even conservatives are now screaming for a reigning in of the executive branch?

Where - how will this all end up?

I don't imagine it was easy living through Vietnam and Watergate either. I vaguely remember those times, and it seemed everyone was either rioting or being shot. The one thing that didn't seem to be hanging over the entire planet was the specter of some twitchy finger in the White House dropping a nuclear bomb on Iran. Nixon was never that crazy.

Yes, that's right... finally someone crazier even than Nixon. Makes you wonder why we don't give written tests (along with psychological and ethical exams) to presidential candidates before they can be allowed to run for high office. We have a strange set of priorities...

So, the week has been, to say the least... odd. I'm still catching up. After some sleep and R&R, I will undoubtedly try to dissect it all and figure out where (and if) I can jump into the discussion, already in progress.

Meanwhile, I was delighted to return to my (recorded in our absence) week of Daily Show episodes, and love Jon's new series on Cheney. And so of course, without further ado, I am posting a few of them right here:

You don't know Dick: The Safe



You don't know Dick: Google Earth

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