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

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Communication, technology... AND transparency?

Our communication cup runneth over.

After Bush's secrecy, this is a bit overwhelming... but impressive. Recovery.gov is now live. Government transparency lives (probably like never before... but then we've never been this jaded and suspicious before. Bush and Cheney tried to hide their every move, no doubt because most of them were illegal.)

This will be a hard act for any future president to follow. Communication and accountability. Clinton did a pretty good job at this, but Obama is putting all of those community organizer skills into play and using all of the new internet technology (well, all except releasing state secrets via twitter...)

Our nation (sans the grumpy holdouts) is now one big community. And we're organizing.

I recall watching sadly as the White House website took a major nosedive after Clinton left office. In fact, it was pretty well non-existent. W had nothing to say to us. I believe it was several months - at the very least - before someone must have mentioned to Bush that he might want to at least put a few 'feel good' stories about the presidential dog on the vacant site.

Its nice to have a new president that talks to us like fellow adults and citizens.

I hear our grandparents had a president like this. In fact I've listened to his famous fireside chats. I turned to them on a number of occasions during the Bush Administration, reaching back in time for some historical comfort.

I haven't done that since January 20th. I don't have to. This president uses YouTube!

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