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

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Decider went off on his own: sorta

Apparently the Decider-guy struck again (with a lot of prompting from the Cheney-behind-the-curtain-guy, no doubt,) making his Scooter Skate ruling almost entirely on his own. Considering his past actions, all of which take place in a 'good guys verses bad guys' cowboy bubble, this should probably come as no surprise. Scooter, for all his lyin ways, is of course a partisan 'good guy.' Good, rich, white, Republican guys nevah go to jail...

Wormtongue Dick hissed 'doooo itttttt' in his ear, and of course -- Incurious George did it:

"For the first time in his presidency, Bush made a decision to commute a sentence without going through a process of running requests through lawyers at the Justice Department," the Post alleged. "He also did not ask the chief prosecutor in the case, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, for his input, as routinely happens in cases routed through the Justice Department's pardon attorney."

Bush, however, said in his statement that he'd carefully weighed the arguments for and against a pardon -- apparently without actually getting information from the prosecutor about the case.

"Both critics and defenders of this investigation have made important points," Bush wrote. "I have made my own evaluation. In preparing for the decision I am announcing today, I have carefully weighed these arguments and the circumstances surrounding this case."

"Prosecutors? Those law guys, right? That Fitz-whatever-his-name-is fella? Naw, we don't need em. I'm gonna send Scooter home - he's my buddy."

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