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

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Breaking: House issues contempt citations to Miers, Bolton

CBS Radio has reported early this morning that the House Judiciary Committee has decided to hold Miers, a private citizen, and Bolten, the White House advisor, in contempt. Contempt citations could be handed out as early as today.

CBS also played the following statement from Senator Arlen Specter, which I can only speculate represents that the Senate signing off in support of this action. I think it is noteworthy that Specter himself - a ranking Republican - made the comment. This was probably intentional; to undercut any attempt by the White House to spin this as a partisan act.

That, and Specter is paying back a whole lot of IOUs to Cheney...

"If the White House does not allow the Justice department to enforce these citations, we can try them in the Senate, which I think could be very productive." - Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA)

I often wonder if Arlen Specter will, almost singlehandedly, save what is left of the moderate sector of the Republican party. As much as the neocons confound us, we cheer Bruce Fein and Paul Craig Roberts when they speak out against the neocon element in their party.

Specter goes even further. Specter fights for the law. Specter fights for justice, habeas corpus, and has been resisting Cheney behind the scenes since well before the Democrats took over the majority. And he doesn't give a damn whether he is siding with Democrats, Republicans or French Poodles while he does it.

I really like this guy. He and Leahy are a terrific tag team. Dare I feel... hope?

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