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

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Dan Burton (R-IN) is an embarrassment

Rep. Dan Burton is a joke.

I have a history with Burton. I used to live in his district.

After Katrina, I wrote to him in good faith, asking that something be done to help the people and address the profound suffering in Louisiana in the aftermath of the levee breach in NOLA. In response, I received one letter from the man, thanking me for 'supporting the war on terror.' Seriously. I showed it to my husband and we both burst out laughing.

After that, his staff would no longer take my calls at the Washington office (apparently they had put me on some 'libral list;') and when I would call his Indy office, his aides there never seemed to know what I was talking about when I asked about particular bills being debated on the House floor. I never received another letter in response to any question.

Until Dan Burton, I had never dealt with a partisan representative. After my continued experiences writing to Senator Lugar, (who always, always responds to every question, and writes thoughtful letters that directly address my questions,) I have gotten over my own partisan reaction to Dan Burton. In fact, Senator Lugar has done more to remind me that there are still good representatives working both sides of the aisles than anyone else, of either party. Senator Lugar cares.

But Burton is a piece of work. He is a little carbon-copy of Bush; he represents those who think exactly like he does, those who are rich and 'better' than the rest of us, and he is apparently fueled by hate and partisan anger. More than anything, Dan represents his lobbyists. The Dan Burtons of the world have stolen our 'government of the people,' and turned it into a corpocrisy.

Fortunately, in the right hands (with Hardball's guest host David Schuster calling him on his stupid remarks) the real Dan Burton has been exposed for all to see. In this interview, he comes off as a partisan wacko, completely obsessed with Bill Clinton... and I had to laugh, because I finally realized that 'not receiving good representation from Dan Burton' was a bit like not finding water in a sand dune. It was never going to happen.

Both Burton and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz were asked to comment on the Scooter Skate, and all Burton could talk about was Bill Clinton. He is absolutely obsessed with Bill Clinton. Interviews are, like, so hard for neocons when reason enters the discussion.

(But the Clintons did it! Waah! Its about the Clintons! blink blink Can't you see the connection? blink blink blink The Clintons did it! Waah!)

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