If a politician stood up at the podium, and uttered the following words, he would be viewed as an extremist; or, in the parlance this week, a terrorist. Tea Partiers, always keep your eyes on the Constitution. This is the one thing that the Radical Left fears:
Abraham Lincoln. Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois. January 27, 1837
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 or justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation.