Historical Political Events for August 22

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Year Event
1862 "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union," writes President Lincoln in a letter to Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune, "and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could do it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that". (Quoted from The People's Chronology,from Henry Holt and Company, Inc.
1881 Gladstone's Second Land Act passed, granting tenants free right of sale, instituting system for arbitration of disputed rent increases, establishing limited "statutory tenure"; "less an economic policy than a political stroke".
1992 Federal agents kill Randy Weaver's wife in a protracted standoff at Ruby Ridge, Idaho. Weaver's son and a marshal were also killed in the siege. The Age of State Terrorism Begins according to William Grigg.
1996 "THE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND WORK OPPORTUNITY RECONCILIATION ACT OF 1996", Public Law 104-193, was signed into law by President Clinton (D), ending "welfare as we knew it". The evils of Government mandated compassion are exposed again. As with most bills passed, the bill does much more than its title suggests: For starters, it attempts to track every person in the USA by means of a giant computer database.
1997 NBC's "Dateline" does an expose on the evils of asset forfeiture. They reveal that Louisiana police have spent money gained from asset forfeiture on ski trips to Aspen, Colorado, meals at local restaurants, and shopping trips to Wal-Mart. (Second part of story here)
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Quote of
the Day
Americans had better wake up! It can happen to you. No federal agent was held accountable for murdering a mother and her child at Ruby Ridge. No federal agent was held accountable for the massacre of women and children at Waco. These same unaccountable and deadly forces have now been given unprecedented police powers in the name of 'the war on terror.'
    — Paul Craig Roberts (in 2002)
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