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

What is terrorism... really?

ter·ror·ism [ter-uh-riz-uhm] - noun

1.the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
2.the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3.a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

Overseas, representatives of our government are torturing and imprisoning people in secret camps without representation or even charges. Violence. Our grandfathers' generation must be horrified: their 'greatest generation' liberated the concentration camps from this very evil. I'll bet they never imagined that one day we would be building these camps ourselves.

Bush and Cheney continually tell us to BE AFRAID; and are currently using fear tactics to intimidate Congress into giving them even more domestic spying power before the recess, in spite of the fact that they are under suspicion of breaking the law and the Constitution in previous domestic spying without court order.

We are currently in a constitutional crisis involving the political firing of 11 attorneys, and the investigation is being obstructed at every turn, with even the Attorney General lying under oath to protect the president and vice president.

Americans, and apparently our Congress, are afraid, subdued, intimidated, and our executive branch is lawless. They refuse to obey the law or answer subpoenas. Our military, at their command, has killed or displaced millions in Iraq. New Orleans is still in ruins, its 'infrastructure' still broken from a storm, and it's levees still neglected. Now Minnesota's bridges are falling down from neocon neglect and GOP 'cooked books,' its Department of Transportation: broke.

Our president slashed domestic spending for 6 years straight to give tax breaks to the wealthy, then spent the rest of our nation's capital on an illegal war (millions also 'vanished' in the desert... how many schools could have been built with the boxes of cash that were simply 'lost' in Iraq? How many houses in New Orleans could have been rebuilt?) War profiteering corporations with direct ties to the White House have made billions in Iraq.

Why aren't we asking why our government doesn't care about it's own citizenry? If this is truly a nation 'of the people,' then something has gone terribly wrong.

What is terrorism?

Violence? check
Threats to intimidate? check
Political purposes? check
State of fear? check
Terroristic method of governing? check

Time to say no to fear. Time to demand some answers. Time to ask these Democrats why they aren't impeaching...

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