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

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The King hath addressed his subjects

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 -- 9:15 PM ET

Bush Asks Americans to Support Bailout

In a speech to the nation, President Bush calls on Americans to support the economic recovery plan. Mr. Bush has invited presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama, as well as top lawmakers, to the White House for economic crisis talks on Thursday.

Economic recovery plan. For whom? Because I don't see anything in there about an economic recovery for us. Three years ago I drove to Louisiana to volunteer after Katrina (the government sure as hell wasn't showing up,) and gasoline - in Louisiana - was $1.89 a gallon. Now its nearly $4. Economic recovery plan? Was that a lame attempt at Texas humor?

Bush wants the British subjects (scratch that, the American subjects) to support the latest stamp act tax (scratch that, 'economic plan,') which will ensure that his barons can keep their castle estates (scratch that... mansion estates) after they've wrecked the economy with their endless robbing and pillaging of... well, the British subjects (scratch that, American taxpaying... subjects.)

Support our own economic destruction? Is he completely out of his mind?

Even lockstepping Republicans won't support this. Has he managed - already - to buy their silence, and now actually believes that he can BS us one last time, and then run off with the entire national treasury? (Silly me, he's already emptied the treasury. He wants to write a bad check to his friends, and sign our name.)

This 'subject' politely declines. One if by land... two if by sea.

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