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, January 20, 2009

We shall be free!

I woke up this morning with Garth Brooks' song "We shall be free" bubbling up from somewhere in my subconscious; probably stuck in there since the concert at Lincoln Center Sunday.

Inauguration day! We shall be free!

How interesting that of all of the performances at the Lincoln Memorial Sunday, it was Garth Brooks' choice of songs that lingers... it is so fitting for today.

We shall be free!

A few more hours and the nightmare government is over. Then months, likely years of clean-up.

Many people will lose their jobs, and many more may lose their houses.
Many people will experience hard times, fear, and worry.
Many people will have trouble heating their homes in this frigid winter, and an many more will have a tough time buying food.

Many people will look to our new president for quick solutions... but there won't be any quick fixes this time. Our coffers have been looted, and the thieves have (so far) gotten away clean.

But one thing we do have... we have our government of the people back! We have hope. Bush and Cheney can't hurt us any more.

And at 11:59 am this morning... we shall be free.

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