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

Monday, April 27, 2009

Obama re swine flu: Everybody stay calm

I love this guy.

The media is whipping this swine flu outbreak into the usual fear frenzy (as they did with the bird flu that was supposedly bearing down on us a few years ago.) But President Obama - as always - keeps his cool. Stay calm everyone. We're keeping an eye on it, but no need to panic.

What an antidote he is... to the last eight years of 'be afraid.'

Obama: Swine flu 'no cause for alarm'

(CNN) -- President Obama said Monday that the swine flu outbreak is a "cause for concern and requires a heightened state of alert," but is not a "cause for alarm."

He added that the federal government is closely monitoring emerging cases and had declared a public health emergency as a "precautionary tool to ensure that we have the resources we need at our disposal to respond quickly and effectively."

Meanwhile, the European Union's health commissioner Monday called on people to avoid traveling to both the United States and Mexico, which seems to be the epicenter of the outbreak.

As many as 103 deaths in Mexico are thought to have been caused by swine flu, the country's health minister said. An additional 1,614 reported cases have been reported in the country.

Someday a flu pandemic is likely going to hit us here. This may be it. Or it not. We've certainly had scares before. Obama is right: no need to panic until we see how this thing is going to progress.

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