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 11, 2007

Bushie accuses war protesters of 'not paying taxes'

Anti-war, pro-impeachment protesters heckled Nancy Pelosi as she attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for some boring, federal building. (OK, it was a big, expensive building and an obvious delight to the Neocon hosting the event. Nice that it was at least energy efficient.)

About a dozen people chanted "Impeach now!" as Pelosi spoke at the dedication of the $144 million, 18-story landmark office complex, which boasts cutting-edge energy efficiency features. The demonstrators also unfurled a large "impeach" banner that directly faced Pelosi and other speakers.

The protesters - kept well away from the action - were nearly loud enough to drown out Madam Pelosi; but she of course ignored them (and believe me, we're all becoming used to that treatment -- aren't we Nancy?)

Then the Bushie Neocrat-in-charge had the temerity to accuse the protesters, relegated to the outskirts of the ceremony, of 'not being taxpayers' like the important people who had been invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Ah, the sneering disdain of the 'upper class.'

Pelosi ignored the protesters, who were loud enough to compete with her remarks, but not loud enough to drown her out. The event was held outdoors, with invited guests kept outside a police barricade but well within shouting distance.

However, a Bush administration official fired back at the demonstrators, accusing them of not paying taxes. Peter G. Stamison, appointed by President Bush as the General Services Administration's top official for the Pacific Rim region, acted as master of ceremonies.

"I think we all as taxpayers—those of us taxpayers, as opposed to you people back there—are the ones that make this work," Stamison said of the government efforts that brought the new building to life.

"Excuse me, I pay taxes!" a protester yelled.

Roll that truck back. Did I hear that right? A Bushie accusing anyone (who obviously isn't in the multi-billionaire club) of not paying taxes?

Get out!

Someone should give this guy the memo... the only people who get a pass from paying taxes these days are neocons and oil companies.

The rich get the tax-cutsies and the tax-breaksies. Everyone else pays the taxsies - everyone. Future generations should have lots and lots of taxsies, because this administration has plunged our nation into debt for generations; all while making a tidy profiteering haul (all taxsie-free!) from this bloody oil war.

We're paying for it. We paid for the right to protest it, buddy.

That comment really takes the cake - and the ribbon from the ceremony (which someone should wrap around that bone-head's mouth.) The most idiotic Bush-brain comment of the day... and it didn't even come from Bush!

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