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

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The high price of contempt



Gonzales is again testifying before the Senate, and once again... his testimony is damning. Leahy and Specter are ripping him to shreds, but I can't help but wonder (once again;) to what end? Do they intend to do anything about this obvious and complete contempt of Congress? Or allow it to continue?

I think most of us believed Gonzo would be out of office months ago. Yet there he sits, still smug, still suffering continual memory lapses or simply refusing to answer. He is no Attorney General... he is the private council to the White House.

From Truthout.org


Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Arlen Specter (R-PA) failed to disguise their contempt for Alberto Gonzales in their opening statements. Leahy, after running down the laundry list of Gonzales' failures and instances of questionable testimony, said that the administration's stance on their surveillance programs was "just trust us." Well, "I don't trust you," said Leahy.

Specter was no more sparing in his criticism. Pointing out that the Justice Department suffered from a "lack of credibility, candidly, your credibility," Specter went on a tear of his own ("the list goes on and on"). On Gonzales' infamous visit to John Ashcroft's hospital bed in order to get the ill attorney general to sign off on the president's surveillance program, Specter said "It's just decimating, Mr. attorney general, to your judgment and your credibility."

I am beginning to wonder if the Democrats' insistence that they do not have the votes to impeach, oh, anyone at all, really translates to 'we don't have our lobbyists on board with impeachment.'

Seriously.

Take the DoJ's failure to prosecute a potentially HUGE Enron-like fraud case. The corporations love this administration. How could they not? It's a gravy train!

Consider that there are now about 24 lobbyists for every legislator in D.C.. Why else would the solution - impeachment - be so obvious to us, and so impossible for them?

We don't have lobbyists whispering in our ears. And the Democrats and GOP alike depend on corporate campaign contributions to get re-elected.

No wonder they cite the 2008 campaign as their reason for not impeaching. It is undoubtedly true. I am sure a number of corporations have told them straight out that they will not give any campaign contributions if the Democrats impeach.

It always comes down to money in the end.

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