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Believe The Pledge?

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October 12, 2010

By Perry Redd

What would make a sane person do the thing that s/he knows doesn’t work…again?  Clearly, that person is anything other than sane.  In that vein I ask, why would Americans believe the Republican’s “Pledge to America?”  The Republican’s, during their 14-year reign of Congress, dishonored their “Contract With America” by raping the country’s coffers and sending it into a financial tailspin.  If they never apologized for breaking the contract, why would we trust them on a non-binding pledge?

The chief talking-point of the Democrats is that “The Pledge” doesn’t say anything specific about what the Republicans are pledging to do.  The question is, is that true?   “The need for urgent action to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be overstated,” the introduction of the pledge says.

It continues: “With this document, we pledge to dedicate ourselves to the task of reconnecting our highest aspirations to the permanent truths of our founding by keeping faith with the values our nation was founded on, the principles we stand for, and the priorities of our people. This is our Pledge to America,” which of course doesn’t say a damned thing!  What are you going to change about the current remedial plan for a jacked-off economy (since of course, the economy is why the Republicans are measuring the drapes)?

Now, we’ve got to remember that this pledge is being made by the same people who brought the country to bankruptcy with a non-regulated banking industry, irresponsible home loan systems and out-of-their-mind insurance instruments.  That’s reason enough not to trust this infomercial they’re selling…but there’s more!

The 45-page document is full of white space and big color photographs of mountains and monuments. It has three title pages, a two page “pledge” that says almost nothing!  It has a six page forward that regurgitates old Republican talking points that I remember from ‘94, and thirty more pages. About half the remaining pages contain photos of Republican House members, no less than 44 of them in all. It even has a two-page back cover. Right off the bat, you’d think it was a slick brochure for timeshares—with the swampland left out!

Pretty much, the Pledge is what we’ve heard before—what they’re doing now is saying “no.” Republicans promise to stop healthcare, stop regulation of business, stop collecting taxes, stop old people from retiring, and stop any attempt to stop favoring the rich.  Sounds like more bankrupting ideas…nothing about job creation or eliminating poverty.  Their ideas on sanctioning Iran and protecting the borders are bi-partisan plans.  So again, nothing new there.  They just keep saying no right now…

Just based on history, I’d advise you to not believe “The Pledge.”  My point to you is that pledges, whether for Jerry’s Kids or to your mother, are non-binding.  So if you fall for the pledge then you can’t complain when they don’t follow through.

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