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

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Is anyone coming?

Throughout our history, a leader would always arise to bring us out of the darkness. These days, the only comfort I can find are in these 'soundbites' from the past.

It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt. - John Philpot Curran

I have no idea why Congress will not act.

I only know that some nights... when it's late and quiet and I cannot sleep, I hear Patrick Henry's fiery oration in my head:

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!

He also said:

The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.

Do any of our politicians read the words of our nation's founders? Anyone?

I think of Lincoln, FDR, Martin Luther King and the Kennedys. And I can't help but wonder... are we orphaned now? Is anybody coming?

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. - Daniel Webster

Al Gore has 'fallen out love with politics.' Well that's just ducky. Some of us never 'fell in love with it' in the first place. Heaven forbid that in our time of greatest need, we only have politicians in our government. Are there any great statesmen left?

Is anybody coming?

It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. - James Madison

I can't help but wonder why James Madison would have bothered to include 'or pretended,' if it were impossible - or even unlikely that someone would pretend.

At least the real leaders in our past left us some words of wisdom that we can eat and sleep and breathe, and maybe live.

The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise -- with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. - Abraham Lincoln

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