''Abraham Lincoln recognized that all men are created equal. Martin Luther King lived on that admonition to call our country to a higher calling, and today we celebrate the life of an American who called Americans to account when we didn't live up to our ideals.''
--President Bush, at the site displaying Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, Jan 16, 2006.
Question: Who is going to call Americans to account today? [eerie silence] It's hard to get elected doing that. Let's just tap their phones instead. Apparently, forgiveness is easier than permission.