Oh, and it was written by a lobbyist. Sam Stein:
The Republican Party’s 21-page blueprint, “Pledge to America,” was put together with oversight by a House staffer who, up till April 2010, served as a lobbyist for some of the nation’s most powerful oil, pharmaceutical, and insurance companies.
It’s not a good sign for Republican conservatives when Erick Erickson laughs out loud at such an earnest effort as “Pledge to America.” Erickson calling it: Perhaps the Most Ridiculous Thing to Come Out of Washington Since George McClellan, then says he’ll vote Republican this year, but “won’t carry their stagnant water.”
I’m always amused when the Right talks about freedom and rights, even religious liberty, which they do not respect, because Republicans believe the pursuit of happiness and full freedom is just for heterosexual men. These people do not believe freedom belongs to anyone other even if they’re fighting and dying for our country. As for women, it’s like the feminist revolution never happened, with “freedom” just for men. Sadly, most conservative women join them in this fencing of female liberty to control our own lives and bodies.
The hypocrisy of the “Republican Man Pledge to America” is one thing, but the lack of understanding for the idea that is the United States is breathtakingly wide, deep and unending. The libertarianism representative of how we got into the financial ditch in the first place.
In a self-governing society, the only bulwark against the power of the state is the consent of the governed, and regarding the policies of the current government, the governed do not consent.
The reason Republicans are so against government is that they don’t understand the purpose of regulating a vast populace where “the governed,” especially once formed in corporations, often get seduced by money over man and woman.
A few anti Democratic highlights are below:
With that as our guide, we solemnly pledge the following as our first actions:
– We will repeal the Democrat health care bill and, if vetoed by the President, will de-fund every aspect of that bill until such time as the American people have input into a sensible health care reform process.
– We will slash the size of the federal government bureaucracies (Commerce, Education, Energy, the EPA, Labor, etc.) by 20% in 2011 with a goal of reducing each by 50% over the next three years, thereby saving hundreds of billions of dollars.
– We will secure the border with physical fencing suitable to repel drug smugglers, human smugglers, and terrorists, while encouraging legal immigration and enforcement of the law.
– We will confront the entitlement crisis — Social Security and Medicare — by preserving benefits for those who depend upon them and moving to privatized options for younger workers. Anything less condemns future generations to mountains of debt and economic catastrophe.
– We will strengthen our armed forces, space and missile defense programs to retain our unparalleled superpower status.
– We will begin the process of paying down our debts, spending within our means every year.
– We will ban public sector unions, which exist solely to wage war against the taxpayers who fund their operations.
Put simply: we intend to adhere to a strict interpretation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Faith, Family, and the Founding. That is our creed.
Then, of course, there is the abortion rights opponent graph, though I realize most people, which includes many Democrats, aren’t interested anymore in the freedoms women have won being eviscerated:
Abortion. Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to using tax dollars to pay for abortion, and the executive order issued by President Obama in conjunction with congressional passage of the health care law is inadequate to ensure taxpayer funds are not used in this manner.
This is a lie, because not only is the health care law adequate to keep women from having abortion covered, but in the long run the market for abortion coverage will likely disappear, not unlike child-only plans being dropped today, because there isn’t a large enough market to administer. Minor detail, I know.
Democrats have blundered there way into a tight corner under Pres. Obama’s first 20 months, because his political shop has blown every message and marketed Democratic policies with an apology, compromises, and half measures. They first let the stage be taken by Sarah Palin through her “death panel” squeal, which has now amounted to a full scale conservative revolution that has a women like Christine O’Donnell running for the Senate, as unqualified a candidate as you’re likely to find, though she seems safe enough on TV. All because they didn’t take what was happening across America seriously. White House arrogance and the Democratic tune out to reality is the largest reason why this is happening, despite warnings from movement progressives, beginning with health care.
The good news is that people won’t care about some stupid “pledge,” but it does outline how totally unprepared to actually govern the Right is, as well as the misogyny and diversity myopia built in to a party in a year that has conservative women representing the strongest power they’ve got.