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It’s been a long few days on dKos, hasn’t it?  Last night, a diarist penned an open letter "To All the Kos-Kool-Aid Drinkers Out There", purporting to take to task yesterday afternoon’s recommended diary asking "Will Bush walk away in 2009?".  While the later-in-time diarist (the "Kos-Kool-Aid Kop"?) garnered 150+ comments,  a rather impressive achievement for a diarist who rejected repeated pleas to edit the diary to correct em’s egregious misspelling of "coup de tat," going so far as to proudly announce "hier stehe ich; ich kann nicht anders" "I ain’t usin the shift key over and over fo' a bunch of conspiracy'll have to correct the spelling of this post too and get over it I guess..." and later went on to bemoan as "[k]inda sad really" that "[t]he conspiracy diary got several hundred comments made the recommended list" while "[t]his one did not."

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No, no, wait, stick around for a second -- the diary you are about to read is not another "We’re attacking Iran on April 6" diary.

Let me begin by saying that, frankly, I have no idea whether the cruise missiles start raining down on Tehran and Isfahan and Natanz on April 6, 2007, on November 1, 2008, on January 19, 2009, or never -- although I sincerely hope it’s the latter.

But I submit that no intellectually serious person can honestly say that the odds of the U.S. and/or Israel launching an attack on Iran in the remaining 665 days of the Bush Administration are so trivial as to not be worth wasting our beautiful minds worrying about.

Having said that, please keep reading even if I just insulted you by calling you intellectually unserious or dishonest, because even if you think there's no chance we'll attack, this diary is for you too -- and you ought to have no problem making the commitment I'm going to ask of you.

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Prior posts: Part One is here, and Part Two is here.  (The latter, in particular, contains a roundup of blogosphere coverage, as well as national media coverage (hint: there ain’t hardly none) of the whole affair).

It has now been just over one week since Alaska’s At-Large Representative Don Young ambled into the House chamber, took the floor and proceeded to defile the spirit of Abraham Lincoln (just three days after the 198th anniversary of his birth) by falsely attributing to the Great Emancipator the following words:

Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged.

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On Friday morning, I posted a diary (which earned a front-page diary rescue), urging readers to demand that the House censure Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) for his remarks on the House floor Thursday night calling for the "arrest[], exile[] or hang[ing]" of those who speak out against the President’s Iraq policy, and (to add to the absurdity) imputed these views to Abraham Lincoln.  

Like me, you might be tempted to shrug it off as yet another example of right-wing nuttiness, and to likewise note the paucity of media attention to the incident as yet another unsurprising example of the double-standard of the media

But I believe we need to steel ourselves against outrage fatigue and fight on this issue; and demand that the House Democratic Leadership take strong and decisive action to condemn Representative Young’s action: reprimand, censure, and up to and including – if he remains unrepentant – expulsion from the House.  This is a fight we should not be running away from, for in a very real sense our democratic system of government is at stake.

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UPDATE: This is now Part I of a Series, which continues in Part II Here.

By now it’s no longer news that last night, on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, Representative Don Young of Alaska "quoted" our Sixteenth President Abraham Lincoln and said "Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged."  Kovie posted a great diary about this here shortly after it happened.  Greg Sargent at TPMCafe has posted video of the speech here.

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