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

Monday, August 04, 2008

I won't be watching the Olympics this summer

For as long as I can remember, I have loved the Olympics. But I won't be watching this year. At all. I am boycotting.

Until China cleans up their act and ceases their extreme repression (I almost struggle to say this, because these days we mimic them in so many ways,) I will never acknowledge Olympic games held on their soil.

For me, this will be an Olympic year that never came.

To those who now languish in Chinese prisons simply for being dissidents; and of course for the Tibetan people, continually abused and dispossessed... the Olympic committee owes an apology for their incredible lapse in ethical standards. A lesson that might have, should have been learned after Hitler's Games.

By the way, I no longer feel that our own government meets Olympic standards either. We've changed. Our border control agents are now apparently claiming the right to seize laptop computers, Ipods - anything they want - and to remove and share the data they find on a whim. This is not the US of A that I remember - and I wouldn't expect anyone to visit us from overseas in this strange, paranoid climate. Its getting just a little... Nazi around here.

So no -- we no longer deserve the Olympics either. The Olympic Games represent a higher standard of ethics, morality and respect for basic human dignity... a standard to which neither China, nor the current United States government will adhere.

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