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, October 01, 2008

Here it comes... jammed down our throat

Notice how the Dow miraculously recovered today after its terrifying tumble? Do you ever feel like you're being squeezed and squished from all directions - especially the corporate media - so that you will shut up, put up, and go back to quietly consuming?

Today the Senate will take up the emergency 'bail the fat cats out of hot water' bill, with the pretense of doing it to save us -- we who demanded that this not be done without a lot more thought and a little helping hand for the people losing their homes.

It appears that the Senate (made up of rich guys) is going to force the hands of the House by making the first move; something that almost never happens (but can happen if lobbyists and bankers scream loudly enough.)

And of course that media drumbeat -- powered by White House talking points -- is now pounding home the desperate need to act immediately (now now now! Before rational thought can kick in. Before we realize... that we've been stampeded by fear yet again.)

I guess there was no way we were going to beat the lobbyists. They pulled the market strings, people lost money and the terror began. So Bush and Paulson will get what they want, and the Wall Street fat cats will get to have their cake, eat it, and buy 10 more they can stick in the freezer. Band-aids for our own suffering? That was always a pipe dream.

At least we put up a fight this time.

When the dollar finally collapses from the weight of this debt (and the subsequent debt when this doesn't work;) and y'all have no food, no gas, no jobs and no future... remember this 'we must do it now now now' moment.

Remember the people who said this must be done immediately, with a half-ass plan, and without the intelligent input of the economists.

Remember who gave away your farm: put the blame squarely on the robber baron in chief and his vast array of financial stooges, cheered on by the loud demands of an arrogant corporate media. And then demand a lawsuit. If we can't impeach... perhaps one day we can imprison. God knows enough laws were broken. Pelosi is a coward: judges and lawyers are not.

I now suspect that the dollar is doomed. If you think things are bad now... just wait.

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