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

The Winter of our Discontent

Why are we letting a group of millionaires decide the fate of the working middle class? Is this what our democracy has boiled down to? That millionaire senators can hack apart the bill that would save our jobs and homes, then drive off in their BMWs -- no wait, they all have drivers (and its not like they pay any of these taxes. We sure got a heads up on that this past week.)

These senators don't get it. Because surely... they have no reason to get it. Why would they get it? What have they lost?

Even if we voted them out of office, they'd immediately land a lucrative job with a lobbying firm. And to those corporate lobbying firms that are their future employers, their loyalties are clear.

The Senate plan, reached in an agreement late Friday night between Democrats and three moderate Republicans, focuses more heavily on tax cuts, provides far less generous health care subsidies for the unemployed and lowers a proposed increase in food stamps. To help allay Republican concerns about cost, the Senate proposal even scales back President Obama’s signature middle-class tax cut.

They hacked it to shreds.

The Senate makes me absolutely crazy. They are so out of touch it's frightening. Or they simply do not care.

One thing is obvious: they don't represent the people. Yet they are deciding our fate.

Oh, and Arizona Senator Kyl: you who had the gall to say:

"In discussing with the American people his approach to the stimulus of our economy, he (Obama) has first really used some dangerous words," said Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Republican. Mr. Kyl added, "It seems to me that the president is rather casually throwing out some careless language."

Dangerous words? Careless language? Really now.

Well it can't possibly compare with this, now can it?

Arizona talk show host Barry Young was on the air with U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl talking about the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina about the exact moment the Big Easy was drowning under 20 feet of water. Young was in favor of a strong national response to help the disaster-stricken area.

Kyl: "Because the question is if people know year after year after year a natural disaster occurs in a particular place and people continue to build there and want to live there, should they bear the responsibility of buying insurance or should everyone else bear the responsibility?"


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