The Pledge is “promising.” I thought it important to offer a policy outline of what the R’s intend to do (instead of being labeled as merely “the party of no”). Delivery on the particulars will, obviously, be what matters; and I am skeptical. However, there may be grounds for some rays of optimism, which I believe were influenced (a great deal) by the Tea Party: (1) I thought it important that the Republicans acknowledged their previous failures in reigning in spending, and size of Government when they were last in the majority, and (2) The establishment R’s, and the newly elected R’s fully realize that if they fail to deliver, they may not survive a primary election. I’m still skeptical, but a little less than my usual pessimist regarding politicians.
It needs a snappier preamble, but content-wise it is fine. You can’t please everyone, and this is meant to help get Republicans elected to do the things listed. Of course you can nitpick it, but in a zero-sum game where one side is flailing, has an indefensible record, and has nothing akin to this pledge, and the other side with the wind at its electoral back, this pledge serves as the positive case for electing our side.
I think the next round in this dance, as happened in 1994, is for the other side to deride it (I think the term that someone – Carville? – used to describe the Contract with America was a “big fat softball” for the Dems to whack; then there was the mocking term “Contract on America”). The more they do that, the more they call attention to the document, establishing a virtuous cycle for the GOP: our pledge is to do this; if you attack it, then you must want Congress to do the opposite.
On balance, a win.
I think it’s a pathetic, deceptive attempt to tap into the misguided frustration of the Tea Partiers with solutions that will make the very problems they complain about worse. Need jobs? Let’s cut the stimulus and freeze federal workforce. Need business certainty? Let’s reverse all the business regulations. Need more freedom? Let’s make sure we clamp down on a woman’s uterus and gay people’s right to marry. Fix health care? Let’s screw people by taking away their new-found health care rights. Too much debt? Let’s add trillions by extending tax cuts for rich people.
The introduction to The Pledge is pitch perfect. It should be delivered in a series of simple, but moving, 30-second tv commercial spots & Youtube videos … Flood the airwaves, as they used to say. It’s a Clarion Call absent demagoguery or hyperbole. I love it!
From Hopewell, Va.:
I’ve read the Pledge to America.
If you’re the optimistic type, it reads like the Republicans in Congress have listened to The American People and have promised to right the ship.
If you’re the cynical type, it reads like the Republicans are co-opting the Tea Party movement to save their sorry hides.
I remember the Contract with America and how the Republicans pledged one thing, got into office, then acted like Democrat Lite.
So, as good as this Pledge sounds, I’ll believe it when I see it.
While I support their attempt at redefining government, the politicians once again proved they cannot do anything with simplicity and eloquence.
I read again the Declaration of Independence after reading The Pledge and was struck by The DoC’s brevity and clarity – two pages versus twenty some odd for The Pledge. The one launched the greatest nation the world has ever seen and the other……only time will tell.
Loving the Pledge. Strikes the perfect balance of paying homage to founding documents, outlining first principles, and operationalizing broad goals–without getting so specific that they tie their own hands or give the Dems specifics to pick on. Who could possibly be anti- anything in this document? The House GOP has threaded a very fine needle indeed, and in the process have captured the mood of the nation.
It is a good start. The economic portion could be a little stronger than just stopping Obama’s policies. But everything in the pledge should make it easy for all Republican candidates to sign on to.
And from Lecanto, Fla.:
Our problems have been building for decades. Decades of crony-capitalism and entrenched politicians feathering their nests at our expense. The water has been heating for decades in the stew of eroding values and principles in which us lobsters have tossed. The GOP had complete control of our government recently and squandered their opportunity for real reform. The GOP failed and it failed big. That’s why we have the hope & change train wreck that we have today. What we have awakened to is the pending disaster for Americans of this and future generations.
I truly believe that that the revolution underway today is due to the handful of committed congressmen and women working inside and the tea parties pushing from the outside. We can elect the right people to Washington but they have to make it work. If they don’t, if they fail or falter or become another generation of self-pandering politicians it will get really ugly. Because the tea partiers are NOT going away. They will see this trough to its conclusion. For the sake of this country, this must work. There’s too much at stake.