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

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Here we go again

Edward Luce and Andrew Ward, for The Financial Times:

"John McCain's right-hand man hit a raw nerve on Monday when he said another terrorist attack on US soil would prove a 'big advantage' to the Republican nominee's general election chances."

Ah yes... the 'be afraid' party. Whatever happened to 'land of the free, home of the brave?' I'm sure its much harder to herd brave people into an economic prison.

Don't underestimate us. Our fear threshold has risen significantly in the last 8 years.

Also... don't make the mistake of thinking that we haven't noticed - even during the ravaging hurricanes and the Midwestern floods, skyrocketing oil and food prices, failing infrastructure, failing economy, failing dollar - that the man who actually took credit for the attacks in 2001, Osama Bin Laden, is still at large.

Why is that? (George Carlin would ask us to think about that for a moment.)

This time we'd like to elect someone who will actually try to catch Bin Laden; not just use his name as a scary distraction from our ongoing national nightmare.

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