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

Friday, July 04, 2008

Patriotism

As I've always been told - since I was a small child - patriotism is love of country.

This would also include respect for all of those who came before us and left us this legacy of freedom, democracy and basic human rights; the people who died for these ideas we tend to take for granted (because we've never had them taken away.)

This Independence Day, take a moment to read the Bill of Rights... your rights, as an American. Then take a moment to call or write to your Senator, and tell him or her that you have read and understand the Forth Amendment; and that you'd like to keep it.

It doesn't belong to your Senator... it belongs to you.

Fourth Amendment to the Constitution

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Your phone records, your phone calls, your emails -- all are protected by this basic right. Our founding fathers considered this protection a basic right - the right to privacy. Those of you who are waving flags and celebrating the military today should remember, that generations of Americans died for this text. The total collection of these basic rights drew our ancestors, our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, to this country in the first place.

Democracy... in more than just name. A goverment of the people... not controlled by a dictator or controlling organization (or corporation.)

Call your Senator. Tell your Senator that you don't believe anyone - your Senator, or this current president - have the right to bargain away your Constitutional Rights. They've already been paid for by American blood.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but aren't corporations controlled by people? And doesn't their survival depend on voluntary exchanges with other individuals, both employees and customers? Also, 60% of all businesses in this country have less than 4 employees.

I was going to suggest, as a fellow Lincoln fan, that you may be interested in www.thewashingtonpugilist.com But then I saw the Edwards and Kucinich links on your site....

You're a great writer though, and you can't argue with a lover of Lincoln. Keep it up.

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