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

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Feingold willing to stay; protect civil liberties



This is why I revere the man. This is why I wish, desperately at times, that he was my Senator. Senator Feingold is a man of true ethics, and he's representing us... at a time when so many others are either looting, spinning or caving.

While congressional Democrats are caving to the White House right before the break, so as to appear 'tough on terrorism' (and weak on defending the rights of American citizens,) Russ is standing tall. Again. Probably also alone. Again.

Commenting that congressional Democrats and Republicans are moving “awfully quickly” on a White House proposal that will make it easier for (whoever is doing it these days, no doubt outsourced to a corporation) to eavesdrop on, well everyone, Feingold said he is in “no hurry” to leave town for the August recess:

“I don’t feel the need to get out of here. I would much rather stay here than have us make a terrible mistake,” said Feingold, who has made a name for himself as a champion on civil liberties in the Senate. “This is not the kind of thing that should be done on the fly, and I am prepared to stay here as long as it takes to fix it. Or, if they need force this through, I’m not going to make it easy, if they don’t make it better.”

Thank you Russ! I don't use the word often... but you're one of my few heroes in Washington. Somewhere out there, Lincoln is smiling. Somewhere out there, our nation's founders are cheering.

(And someday when you no longer need worry about 'accepting' anything from anyone -- I'm betting Benjamin Franklin is holding a pint of beer for you!)

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