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Should Abe Lincoln Have Given Jefferson Davis Everything He Wanted?—The Work Of Freedom Is Up To Us

Should Abe Lincoln have given into everything that Jefferson Davis and the South wanted in order to solve a great national problem?

President Obama has likely compromised more than he should on the debt ceiling debate. And yet still it is not enough for Republicans.

Mr. Obama may not be another Lincoln, but today’s Republican Party of States Rights and mindless government bashing would have fit in just fine with the Confederacy.

Just how far backwards are we going to go in this country?

President Obama got it right tonight that we as citizens need to take action ourselves.

Call your U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators and demand a solution that involves sacrifice by all and that does not exempt the most wealthy from having to pay a fair share.

But don’t stop there.

Every American has the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family, start a blog, donate money, write a letter to the editor, volunteer for candidates and causes, engage in acts of civil disobedience, and even run for public office.

President Obama’s call for citizen-action  may be the most important thing he said in his debt ceiling speech.

Take up the President on his suggestion of getting involved, and keep up the involvement for the fights ahead.

The work of freedom is up to each of us.

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Here is the message I have sent to my terrible Congressperson John Culberson--

Rep. Culberson: God Bless President Obama and freedom. You states rights extremists have always been about obstruction and treason. Stop holding our nation hostage for the benefit of the rich, and out of hatred for the multicultural future of our great nation as represented by Barack Obama. Thank you.

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July 26, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. It is irresponsible to accuse someone of a capital crime without providing evidence, and it ought to be pretty compelling evidence.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | July 26, 2011

  2. For all the good it will do I made my call to congressman Burgess’ North texas office and the one in Washington. I couldn’t just sit here and think doing nothing was an option.

    Comment by lbwoodgate | July 26, 2011

  3. It all seems pretty disloyal as far as I can see—Wrecking the economy for millions to try and win an election. This from people who have never accepted the concept of federal supremacy over the states as was won in our Civil War.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 26, 2011

  4. Words mean things, and treason in this country rightly has a very narrow meaning. Their experience with the Crown showed the framers that a loosey-goosey definition — whatever one man says “seems pretty disloyal” at any given time — leads to terrific abuse. Montesquieu called it “the malignant spirit of inventing treasons.”

    Our legal system treats treason as one of the worst crimes there is — worse than the theft of vast sums, worse than slavery, worse than the rape of a child. And you’ve accused Culberson of it.

    You claim that Rep. John Culberson has levied war on the United States or adhered to its enemies. I hope you’ll prove the accusation or withdraw it.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | July 27, 2011

  5. Actually what I said was that “you states rights extremists have always been about obstruction and treason.”

    By that I meant that you folks once led our nation to a Civil War and that, in my view, many of the same beliefs that led to that conflict are still held by adherents of today’s far-right Republican Party. Given the centrality of states rights in the views of people who say the Civil War was about states rights rather than slavery, why should one not see an echo of that conflict in today’s debate with the rise of talk about nullification and secession? My concept of America very much involves federal supremacy over the states. I don’t view an America structured in some different way as the nation that was affirmed when Lee surrendered to Grant.

    What I asked of Mr. Culberson was that he stop holding the nation hostage on the debt ceiling issue. That was the one request I made for him to stop engaging in specific conduct. I did not ask him to stop engaging in treason because I don’t think his actions are treasonous.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 27, 2011


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