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January 28, 2005
A hammer, a bell, and a song
Filed in: Current Affairs, Politics, War on Terror

In 1958 Lee Hays and Pete Seeger penned these words:

If I had a hammer
I'd hammer in the morning
I'd hammer in the evening
All over this land
I'd hammer out danger
I'd hammer out a warning
I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

If I had a bell
I'd ring it in the morning
I'd ring it in the evening
All over this land
I'd ring out danger
I'd ring out a warning
I'd ring out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

If I had a song
I'd sing it in the morning
I'd sing it in the evening
All over this land
I'd sing out danger
I'd sing out a warning
I'd sing out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

Well I've got a hammer
And I've got a bell
And I've got a song to sing
All over this land
It's the hammer of justice
It's the bell of freedom
It's the song about love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

This song has been sung and re-sung over the years. It has meant many different things to many people. And it is almost invisible in this current time.

But it rings clearly for me as I think about what is about to transpire in Iraq this weekend. The world has the opportunity to attend to the labor and the birth of liberty.

It has been long coming, the struggle marked by the ultimate sacrifice on the part of many in the coalition forces and among the people of Iraq. The birth of freedom is like that. It always has been. The price is very high. It is what makes it so very, very precious.

We have brought the hammer of justice to Iraq. Saddam is no more - no more with a strangle hold on the lifeblood of all the millions of souls there. The hammer of justice also continues on the keyboards of Omar and Mohammed at Iraq the Model, who proclaimed "Go Iraq...go!" today. It continues through the keyboards of those on Iraq the Model's blog roll. It continues, especially this weekend all around Iraq on the new site: Friends of Democracy, that has bloggers on the ground all over the country that are risking their lives to 'live blog' the events as they unfold.

Those of you that participated in the Spirit of America blogger challenge are now seeing some of that work come to fruition.

Friends of America will also webcast a special Iraq election event in Washington DC on Sunday - and I have just been informed that this will be picked up by C-SPAN - 2PM to 4PM Eastern time. The journalist Christopher Hitchens is scheduled to participate along with Cliff May from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. There will be live call ins from correspondents and bloggers - and photos, videos, and stories will be posted and broadcast. No sugar coating here - they will hammer out this work as it happens in Iraq.

The bells toll and the bells ring for Iraq as well. They toll for those that have been lost in preparation for this birth. They toll for those lost in military service in the coalition and they toll for those Iraqi's who have perished thus far in this great struggle. We grieve for them. They have not died in vain. Each soul adds infinite value to the new altar of freedom in Iraq. The bells ring out for freedom. They ring out in Iraq and they ring throughout the world from all freedom loving people.

We hear the freedom song from the Iraqi people. You need only visit some of the sites mentioned above to hear it loud and strong. As they hammer, they hammer out a song for all the world to hear. What an incredibe time in history - when we have the technology available that we can hear the song of the people - unfiltered and immediate. It is a contagious song - freedom's song. Freedom loving people all over the world join in with the people of Iraq as we witness this birth.

Many of us live in places in our country or in our neighborhood where liberty is taken for granted. The very high price has been forgotten. It is up to freedom loving people who know that value to hammer out, ring out, and sing out what is happening this weekend. Proclaim it wherever you are - there is liberty, born anew this day!

To my brothers and sisters in Iraq - to those that love freedom - I bid you Godspeed - our thoughts and prayers are with you as you create history and bequeath that most precious of gifts to your people and your descendents. There is danger, there is warning - but there will be peace brother and sisters. There will be peace.

H/T Jim Hake, Spirit of America. Please stop by and give them a donation.

UPDATE: Iraqis from Washington state drive 1200 miles to vote - they think that is little sacrifice compared to those who vote in Iraq.

Many thanks to friend Jeff Goldstein for the link.

UPDATE: On Ron's post about the Wisconsin vote fraud story, reader Bob sends us a link and excerpt:

This is what the site says:

HOW DOES IT WORK?

All Iraqis over 18 years old on Jan. 1 can vote -- perhaps some 15 million of a population of about 27 million. The election register is based on the ration list, a relic of U.N. sanctions.

On Jan. 30, voters must bring two forms of photo identification to their local polling station. After voting, their name is crossed off the register and their thumb marked with indelible ink to prevent them voting again.

There is one national ballot, without constituencies. Voters cast one vote for a list of candidates put forward by a party or coalition.

Sounds like the perfect strategy for implementation in US elections.



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Wonderful post!! It choked me up. The Iraquis who braved the violence to choose their own leaders and have a voice in their future are heroes in the truest sense of the word. I am disgusted at those who would denigrate or attempt to belittle their efforts.

EMCEE: Thanks for the kind words. I've been amazed at the absolute joy that I've seen and read about the Iraqi people this weekend. The power of freedom is something to behold. No one can take anything away from them.

Posted by: irish19 at Jan 30, 2005 9:15:16 PM

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