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

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Zero votes. They blew it.

Dear President Obama:

I laud your attempts at bipartisanship. You bent over backwards - and even bent your stimulus plan over backwards - in an attempt to strike up a deal with House Republicans. In spite of everything you did, not a single one of these seasoned politicians voted in favor of it.

In my opinion... they blew it.

And we - who voted for you in record numbers based on your platform and a return to 'government of the people' - are waiting for the plan you promised us. We don't want a GOP watered-down version either. We want the real thing.

If the GOP won't vote for a compromise, one that even includes their ridiculous tax cuts, I say give us what you promised us in its pure form so that it will do the most good for the greatest number of people.

The GOP has lost all bargaining power. As usual, they overreached. They probably believe they conned you into weakening your position, weakening your plan, and that they 'stuck it to you in the end.'

Its time to walk away from their partisan con games and do this right. You aren't being partisan if you are representing the majority of Americans that voted for you, for your ideas, and for the change you represent. Do the right thing for the country, for the people who voted for you.

We want change. The GOP and their ideas don't work - the change we want is change from their failed ideas and ideology. President Obama: you tried. You reached out, they bit your hand.

There will be plenty of time for bipartisanship in the future. Right now we need a full-strength stimulus plan - sans stupid tax breaks and including a much beefed up infrastructure plan - that will really put Americans back to work.

If the GOP had answers, they had eight years to implement them. Instead, they ran this country into the ground.

We want change... and we're tired of the GOP standing in the way. We voted the majority of them out so that we could get this country back on track. And it wasn't easy. Don't let this small handful of bad apples ruin our stimulus plan. We're pretty desperate out here.

Thank you for listening.

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