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

People in glass houses...

This is getting ridiculous.

McCain and Palin's insistence on running an entire campaign based on personal attacks against their opponent, Barack Obama - while having no real and substantial platform of their own - is about to backfire in technicolor. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. This is especially true of politicians with - actual - ties to terrorists.

McCain and Palin have been insisting 24/7 that Ayers (now a professor with many connections in both the Democratic and Republican parties) is still a 'terrorist,' and that Obama is 'palling around with him.' This is a ridiculous claim in and of itself, because Obama barely knows the man - Ayers certainly isn't a part of Obama's campaign - and Ayers is by no means the same guy he was in the 1960s. Apparently this is the only cover McCain and Palin can find for the fact that they have no real platform; no real plan for how to lead this country out of its current economic woes.

And so the lady pitbull does the only thing she knows: she attacks. Unfortunately, she chose the wrong bait. It turns out that she herself has some rather dark skeletons in her closet - skeletons that might easily be construed as terrorist in nature.

The latest fauxpas from the McCain campaign came to light today, when it was announced that McCain has chosen lobbyist William Timmons to head his transition team (and after all of his talk about how he was going to run the lobbyists out of Washington. Might want to start with your own campaign, eh John?) Timmons isn't just any lobbyist: he lobbyed on behalf of Saddam Hussein (yes, the REAL Hussein) in attempts to ease sanctions against his regime.

Now... want to tell me again who is actually 'palling around with terrorists' here? Imagine for a moment that you are running for president, and the best guy you can find to head up your transition team is not only a lobbyist, but a lobbyist for Saddam Hussein. The comedians are going to have a field day with this.

Even more damning to the McCain campaign are Sarah Palin's ties to an Alaskan pro-secessionist group called AIP. Todd Palin was a full member, and Sarah Palin has maintained close ties with this very fringe, very radical American-government-hating group. She even gave the opening speech for 2008 AIP convention (from the governor's mansion) and stated that she 'shared their party's vision.' She also attended the convention herself in 2006.

So obviously Palin has been... palling around with secessionists? Not just secessionists, but a group that freely admits to hating our government. Great choice for VP, McCain. You've really lost it.

Lincoln is rolling in his grave. Again.

CNN is finally covering this story... but I find it amazing that McCain and Palin had the nerve to even mention 'terrorist' when they each had so very much to hide. Did they somehow think we wouldn't find out?

And now the McCain campaign is expressing its outrage (that this is being covered on CNN) and insisting that Palin is being smeared. Smeared by the truth, eh?

Funny how they can smear Obama night and day with statements that are patently untrue, and all the while stirring up racial hatreds; but pull a few unsavory truths out of their own closets and they run screaming 'UNFAIR! UNFAIR!' and stomping their feet in outrage.

I just can't take these people seriously. And I certainly wouldn't entrust our nation's future to them. Much too unstable, and frankly unhinged.

(Glass houses are a bitch to keep intact, aren't they?)

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