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 14, 2007

Senator Feingold deluged with demands for Impeachment

Yesterday, an amazing watermark was reached on Daily Kos.

Senator Russ Feingold (highly respected and an occasional blogger on Kos) posted a diary updating his efforts to end the war in Iraq. This in and of itself was not unusual. The comments (responses from the Daily Kos community) were unprecedented.

With only one or two exceptions (including Feingold's own comments) nearly every single response to his diary was an entreaty, demand or request for the impeachment of Dick Cheney and/or George Bush.

At one point Feingold responded to the impeachment avalanche by commenting:

As many of you have pointed out, articles of impeachment originate in the House, not the Senate. While I agree that the President has committed offenses right in the strike zone of impeachment (most notably with his illegal warrantless wiretapping program) and I share the outrage of many Americans at this President’s conduct, I am not sure multiple impeachment trials would be best for the country.

This comment did nothing at all to stop the flow of impeachment requests, but seemed to add fuel the fire. There are over 340 comments posted to the diary, and it is difficult to find any that aren't impassioned cries for impeachment. The arguments are intelligent, heartfelt and compelling. Take a look... and sit back and ponder.

There have been discussions about impeachment on Kos for months. Some argued pro, some con. There were reasonable and valid arguments made to support each point of view. In the last few weeks, and especially the last week, this has changed.

One by one, the opposition hardliners have had second thoughts. First the Libby 'get out of jail free' card. Then the refusal of the White House to turn over evidence. Then the refusal of the White House to allow Harriet Miers to appear before the Senate. Add to this the outrage over the Washington Post series on Cheney, news of the CIA 'Family Jewels,' and FBI abuses of the Patriot Act.

We have reached a pivotal moment, at least on Kos; in once voice, one collective scream, we are demanding that our government be rescued, the 'unitary executive' overturned, and our constitutional rule restored. And heaven help the congressman or senator who posts to the site these days, because he or she will be buried in impeachment demands. Democracy it seems is far from dead, and the people are determined to revive it to full strength.

In the end... we are American first. We want our country back.

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