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 07, 2007

You don't suppose...

Today's revelation from the Washington Post:

Vice President Cheney told Justice Department officials that he disagreed with their objections to a secret surveillance program during a high-level White House meeting in March 2004, a former senior Justice official told senators yesterday.

The meeting came one day before White House officials tried to get approval for the same program from then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, who lay recovering from surgery in a hospital, according to former deputy attorney general James B. Comey.

Comey's disclosures, made in response to written questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, indicate that Cheney and his aides were more closely involved than previously known in a fierce internal battle over the legality of the warrantless surveillance program. The program allowed the National Security Agency to monitor phone calls and e-mails between the United States and overseas.

So who made that famous phone call to Ms. Ashcroft at the hospital? Bush... or Cheney? And what exactly was it about this warrentless wiretapping that so upset the Justice Department (already stuffed with partisans;) even John Ashcroft? They actually planned to resign enmass, in protest... it must have been really, really bad.

Was Cheney... perhaps... spying on members of Congress? Ya think?

Considering that Cheney was in fact an aide of President Nixon's prior to Watergate (when Nixon was caught spying on Democratic opponents,) is there really any doubt?

"Mr. Comey has confirmed what we suspected for a while -- that White House hands guided Justice Department business," said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). "The vice president's fingerprints are all over the effort to strong-arm Justice on the NSA program, and the obvious next question is: Exactly what role did the president play?"

How interesting that the man managed to be right on hand, for the two worst presidencies in our nation's history. That takes talent.

You know, I've never believed in an Anti-Christ. I don't really know where that story started, but I have never actually found it in the bible (and I looked once, when I was younger.) But you know... if I were looking for the Anti-Christ... I think I know where I might find him.

Behind the scenes perhaps, not drawing too much attention to himself. Working tirelessly and entirely in secret; promoting wars, promoting torture, removing civil freedoms, promoting nukes, shutting down any hope of slowing climate change, promoting rampant greed and corruption, creating secret detention camps and dismantling democracy.

I have it! The Vice Presidency! Yep, that would be a perfect spot for a guy with his agenda. (Gives new meaning to the word 'Vice,'" doesn't it?)

OK. So let's get out our Anti-Christ checklist:
  1. Loves torture
  2. Doesn't appear to have a heart (doesn't show up on x-rays)
  3. Will do anything to gain and keep power
  4. Likes to spy: is building a huge database on literally everybody
  5. Loves to start wars
  6. Likes 'disappearing' people
  7. Even 'disappears' little kids
  8. Refuses to ever admit he is wrong. He is never wrong.
  9. Created secret detention camps all over the world, even in America
  10. Everything he touches, everywhere he goes: wars break out and people die
  11. The rule of law 'doesn't apply to him'
  12. The Constitution 'doesn't apply to him'
  13. No qualms about strong-arming a sick 'friend' in a hospital bed
  14. Rekindled the Cold War
  15. Promotes the use of nuclear warheads
  16. Likes shooting small animals, and occasionally friends
  17. Likes to work behind the scenes, in absolute secret
  18. Snarls like a rabid dog when he talks
  19. Scares everyone around him
  20. Doesn't need the glory of the limelight: as long as his company is making a profit, people everywhere are suffering, fighting, bleeding and dying -- he's happy
  21. Sleeps in a coffin every night (OK, this hasn't yet been documented)

Well, there was my attempt at a Jon Stewart satire. I don't have his 'stuff.' Sigh.

To all of those who don't get my lame attempt at irony... this is a yoke, son, a yoke. I've read in numerous articles that Barack Obama is actually the Anti-Christ -- he can't be two places at one time. One or the other.

I guess they'll have to duke it out for that honor. And I need to take satire classes...

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