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

Saturday, October 18, 2008

McCarthyism is back; vote it out of office

Motivational speaker and congresswoman Michele Bachmann, with one bold appearance on MSNBC's Hardball, singlehandedly torpedoed her own campaign and raised thousands of dollars for her opponent Elwyn Tinklenberg! (Only in America.)

I wasn't going to post this video.

I think this woman has had enough coverage, enough time to spout her ridiculous and intolerant McCarthyism on a national media soapbox.

Then I reconsidered. My reaction to her words was so strong that I did something I almost never do... I donated to her opponent in MN, Elwyn Tinklenberg.

Apparently many other people are doing the same. I live in Indiana, and like so many of us out here, money is tight. But I'll donate to unseat a McCarthy-channeling fascist. You betcha.

If this video could mobilize me and provoke me into donating what little cash I have to a candidate in Minnesota, then it is worth posting here.

Bachmann has turned out to be a terrific motivational speaker... on behalf of her opponent. Because as horrified as I was to find out that this fascist-leaning, 'I want to investigate all liberals' radical is actually a member of congress; there is still time to throw her out of office.

As far as I'm concerned, ridding our government of fascist witch-hunters is pretty damn patriotic. This sickness must be stopped before it rips our country apart. God knows we have enough problems right now.

For those who need clarification, from Merriam Webster:

One entry found.

Main Entry:

\ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi-\


Italian fascismo, from fascio bundle, fasces, group, from Latin fascis bundle & fasces fasces


1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control

— fas·cist \-shist also -sist\ noun or adjective often capitalized
— fas·cis·tic \fa-ˈshis-tik also -ˈsis-\ adjective often capitalized
— fas·cis·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb often capitalized

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