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, October 03, 2008

Lou Dobbs, on the war path

Lou will be fun tonight. (I guess 'fun' isn't quite right; 'madder than a wet hen' might be a better description.)

Here is the email alert about tonight's show:

Lou Dobbs Tonight
Friday, October 3, 2008

Tonight, it’s official: Both houses of Congress have passed the $850 billion Wall Street bailout that rewards massive banks and corporations for their deceptive lending practices, shady accounting and reckless, greedy transactions.

Now it’s on its way to the president for a slam dunk signature. It’s another big win for the ultra-wealthy and another insult to the ordinary men and women who make up this country. We’ll have complete coverage.

Plus:

* House members are the latest to have to explain their votes on the mega-bank mega-bailout. They love to talk about ending pork, but this bill was loaded with it.

* California’s budget crisis is worsening. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson saying his state may need an emergency loan up to $7
billion. California is not the only state struggling for funding during this credit crunch. New Mexico and Massachusetts are considering cancelling large infrastructure projects.

* Congress is rushing through meaningless legislation ahead of its latest vacation, rather than addressing the major issues that matter to Americans. Congress didn’t pass appropriations bills, but instead lumped spending measures into a continuing
resolution. On the critical legislation like e-verify, lawmakers simply passed a temporary extension. And, Congress will break without passing real foreclosure relief for struggling families.

* Manufacturers, unions, and farmers groups are outraged at the way this country’s faith-based free trade policies created the current economic crisis. Today, the Coalition to Fix America's Economy will announced a proposal to revive our manufacturing sector and to make manufacturing and farming part of the economic dialogue for our presidential candidates.

(Lou - seriously - can we 'revive' a manufacturing sector that was shipped overseas to China?)

Whether you agree with his stance on immigration or not, you have to admit he's relentless when it comes to Congress, Wall Street and lobbyists.

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