Pledge to America

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On the 22nd of Sept., 2010 the GOP released a document that they call ""binding."" It is their Pledge to America on items that they are going to work on. There are 4 main areas of this pledge:

•Jobs
•Cutting Spending
•Reforming
•Defense

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I don’t know about you, but I like the sound of this.

Now . . . let’s be real. This is Congress that is speaking. These are politicians. As you can imagine - I am quite skeptical. I realize a lot of this is political posturing. They released a strong statement like this, timely, in order to win some votes for the election in a few weeks. If this is enough to push a few wishy-washy voters over to the GOP then both houses might fall back into a majority GOP rule. So, strategic political maneuvering indeed.

However, the criticism has been hard and plenty. There have been a lot of references to the ""Contract with America"" in 1994 that was a GOP project as well. There are many that feel that it was a flop. No matter your evaluation, the ""Contract with America"" was a bit ambitious when faced with political realities and much of it never came to fruition.

Now - is this Deja Vu all over again?

Personally - I am glad to see it. This too is ambitious rhetoric. But I like the idea of people putting it down on paper. I know where they stand (or should stand) and I have something to hold them accountable to. That is good. That kind of reminds me of what elected officials used to be - accountable to their constituents.

Don’t you find it a bit ironic that those that are critical have made no such commitments? I will evaluate my future votes in light of those that have kept or not kept their pledges. However, if you are of the group that condemns the idea of such accountability as to put down your pledge on paper and publish it - then you don’t even get the respect of consideration in my vote. It is hard to support those that won’t pledge to anything.

Evidently I am not the only one that doesn’t care for such non-commitment. "". . . because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."" - God, Rev 3:16

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