Monday, October 30, 2006

Mister Lincoln's view on war.

Newsvine - The Greatest Republican President on the War on Terror

Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts — not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
The only thing that makes the United States worth preserving is the Constitution. To replace it with the "Plan for a New American Century" that amounts to willful Imperialism by means of warfare and economic coercion gives us - the Citizens of this unique compact - little to no benifit at the price of causing great and lasting contempt and hatred toward us. In effect, it means we create the very boogyman we are told might be under the bed.

I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him.
I think we've had quite enough of that, frankly - and not just on the War, but on every single issue of critical importance, from global warming to education, to health care. Unproven platitudes are provided in place of policy based in facts, reality and experience.

But if we deal with each other and the world in general according to the principles enshrined in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution taken as a whole - sweeping aside, for a moment, the vast clutter of treaties and international law - we shall be well rewarded.

All we need to do is live up to our own standards, even when it costs a few pennies more to do the thing that is right, instead of the thing that is conveinent, or the thing that "plays to the base."

In other words, we need a political culture that inspires, instead of dragging us down into the mud with our "leaders."

The best cure for such leadership, of course, is to stop following them and encouraging their folly.

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