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

Two more AP journalists arrested at RNC

Dispatch from the Angry Middle:

Two more journalists were arrested while covering the protests at the RNC on Thursday. Amy Forliti and Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press, who were assigned to cover the story, were ordered to sit on the pavement with their hands over their heads, before being led away by police.

They join AP photographer Matt Rourke (also on assignment to cover the protests earlier in the week,) who was arrested and detained on Monday. Unlike Amy Goodman and her producers, and undoubtedly due to strong backing by the AP News Wire, Rourke was released without being charged.

Kudos to the AP for doing your job, even in the face of the violent and un-Constitutional behavior of local police. This is the work of real journalists: not simply regurgitating press releases, but covering real news as it happens, no matter the physical or political consequences.

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