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

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Abuse of power: Palin proves she's ready!

The reports of ethical breaches and abuse of power just keep rolling in. Perhaps she's simply proving once and for all that she's ready to step into George W. Bush's shoes, should the need arise. She certainly has the 'abuse of power/ethical lapses' cred for the job.

JUNEAU, Alaska, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- An Alaska state investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin includes more ethics complaints than just those of the "Troopergate" probe, state documents show.

In the recently concluded Troopergate investigation, the Alaska state Legislature concluded that Palin, the Republican U.S. vice presidential nominee, was within her rights to fire state Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan, but abused her power and violated ethics in joining her husband to push for the firing of state trooper Mike Wooten, who was once married to the governor's sister.

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The newspaper said there are two known additional ethics complaints against the nominee. One is from an activist who says hiring practices were circumvented for a Palin supporter, and another in which the Alaska state police union claims Wooten's personnel file was illegally breached by state officials.

John Cyr, the union's executive director, told the Daily News he plans to amend the complaint to include "harassment" of Wooten as well.

Oh -- but there's more!

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whose reformer image took a hit in a report concluding she abused her powers to settle a family score, has skirted state ethics rules before for personal benefit and used her office to help friends and supporters, according to an Associated Press review of records.

Palin's first try at statewide office, after six years as mayor of Wasilla, was an unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor in 2002. To raise money, she improperly used her City Hall office and equipment, city records show. A year later she would make headlines by blasting a fellow Republican for, among other things, improperly using his government position to boost his campaign.

Then, in 2006, Palin won the governor's race with a vow to reform state ethics. But in less than two years, she has repeatedly taken actions that violated her own stated standards for ethical behavior — if not state law. In the process, the Republican vice presidential nominee has become much like the old-school politicians she attacked during her rise to power.

Some examples:

_She pummeled opponents for giving oil companies and other businesses too much control of state government. Yet she appointed the founder of an engineering firm that received $6.8 million in state business as head of the transportation department.

_She has accepted dozens of gifts worth tens of thousands of dollars since taking office, including two free trips last year that she failed to report on disclosure forms, despite criticizing state legislators for the gifts they take.

_She is under another investigation, accused of misusing her office to campaign against a voter referendum calling for tighter mining regulations. Her husband, Todd, has accepted free trips from a mining company to look at their proposed new site.

_Another ethics complaint, unresolved, accuses her staff of finding a state job for a friend and campaign contributor.

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