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 18, 2007

Senate yaps all night; the war drags on

The Senate debated the Iraq war all night. Imagine... staying up all night over a little thing like an illegal war that has already dragged on 4 years. But yes, they actually did it. I watched. (OK, I left when Lieberman wouldn't stop lying - it was either that or vomit on the couch.)

A few hours ago, a thousand people gathered outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C. for a candle lite vigil. They were joined by a number of House and Senate Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Iraq war veteran Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), and Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Patty Murray (D-WA) all made speeches.

The war drags on.

I'm not blaming the Democrats this time. They stood up. They should have done this the minute they took the majority. The Senate should stay in that chamber and debate the war for WEEKS if that is what it takes to wear down this GOP lockstep. I'm sure it beats being shot at in 104 degree heat, in the blasted streets of Baghdad.

As for the Republicans... you actually have the temerity to filibuster a serious attempt to end this war? What are you thinking? Have you seen the polls lately? I don't think even Diebold can save you now. Get the hell out of the way!

We've had it. We've had it with this illegal war, the destruction of Iraq at our hands, the blood on our hands, the destruction of our army and the kids who's lives will be forever scarred, the money looted from our community coffers, the billions made by Halliburton and other war profiteers... END IT.

Bush will never withdraw as long as there is a buck to be made in that country. If you can't end this war... end his presidency. That will end the war. God knows, you might even rescue the Constitution and our Federal government in the process.

What part of 'illegal' don't you understand? As crowded as our jails are with 'average Americans,' I'm sure we can find room for a few 'high brow' white collar criminals.

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