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, February 07, 2009

Time to lean on the Senate



(Pardon me for one moment while I mount my soapbox.)

We Americans have watched over a trillion dollars - of our taxes - disappear during the war in Iraq. We have watched our jobs move overseas, our infrastructure fail, entire American cities drown (without being rebuilt,) and homes foreclosing all across the country.

Adding insult to injury, we were then asked to bail out Wall Street -- after Wall Street destroyed our economy.

Now we're really hurting, and there are still lawmakers in Washington who wish to deny us our right to spend OUR TAX MONEY on ourselves: to rebuild our American infrastructure, save homes and create jobs.

Don't listen to the elitist insider media spin -- this is our money, only this time it is earmarked to be spent on us.

There are people in Washington who -- whether for political or elitist reasoning -- don't feel we are worth this kind of expenditure. They say the price tag is too high. In their way of thinking, it is fine to spend trillions on foreign wars that have made the world less safe and which had no relationship at all with 9/11. They are happy to give welfare handouts to greedy banks, no strings attached. But they are steadfastly refusing to use our tax dollars to rebuild America.

That is the real argument in Washington. This is the crux of the matter at hand. The GOP is afraid that if this stimulus package passes and is signed into law -- and successfully turns the economic tide -- they will never regain their power in this country. And they are probably right. But this is their own fault -- they ran amok for eight years and drove this country into the ground.

And now -- as Rush Limbaugh came right out and said -- they don't want President Obama to be successful, even if failure means the destruction of our country and way of life.

The GOP doesn't seem to understand any game but partisan.

Many Republican politicians are again putting party before country; demanding that things be done their way, after proving for eight years that their way is disastrous for everyone but the very wealthy. They don't care about us. But they want us to make trouble for President Obama (even after we overwhelmingly elected him) so that his stimulus plan is unsuccessful.

They are playing partisan games while people are losing jobs and homes. We don't have time for this.

Call your senators, and lean on them hard. Its time our tax money was spent on American citizens!

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