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, September 05, 2008

The GOP: Party of Change (from themselves?)

Dispatch from the Angry Middle:

Realize that I refuse to watch hours of partying delegates... and so I must rely on second-hand convention coverage for blog-fodder. I avoid firsthand contact with conventions to preserve my own sanity.

My favorite source of convention coverage is Jon Stewart; he digs right to the heart of the hypocrisy, er, issues while at the same time making me laugh. That is a rare talent.

I was astounded last night to see (while watching 'Indecision 2008,') that the GOP is actually packaging themselves as the 'Party of Change,' no doubt as a lame answer to Obama's platform of change.

One Daily Show clip even showed Laura Bush advocating change. What - change from her husband's own policies?

I learned long ago that logic has no place in GOP politics, or even political discussions with Fox-brainwashed Republicans. As soon as you pull out the logic card, they immediately start shouting, attempting to intimidate... or they simply 'cut your mic.' Republican politics and logic simply cannot co-exist.

The GOP is now offering us the most illogical party platform in recent memory: We are 'the Party of Change... from ourselves.'

The party that has ruled over the 'great decline' of the United States is now trying to convince everyone that our 'job shedding' national economy, the wildly expensive and deadly invasion of Iraq based on lies, the Bush Administration's botched response to Katrina, the outsourcing of corporate oversight to corporations, out of control partisan hiring, and the ruling GOP party's willful attacks on our Constitution are problems that only they are qualified to fix.

GOP: The Party of Change. Change from 8 years of GOP policy.

Huh?

Even the Washington Post is today beating the 'GOP Change' drum.

Washington Post:

'Change Is Coming,' McCain Says
Accepting GOP Nomination, Veteran Senator Calls For Putting Country's Interests Before Party Loyalty

Heh, right. Since when?

Now that we are facing an election year and nearly everyone in the country is angry, McCain says he wants to fix damage that he himself caused (he voted with Bush over 90% of the time during 8 years of blatantly partisan rule.)

Is anyone really falling for this?

Could it be that Mr. McCain (who I once greatly admired but now fail to recognize) will say literally anything to get elected? Not that I wouldn't be desperate too, if I was trying to win an election while the country unravels at the seams.

If Rove pulls this off, even the great propaganda master Joseph Goebbels would be impressed.

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