Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pledge to America

I still have absolutely no idea what exactly the Tea Party stands for but the Republican Party has just released a document outlining what it stands for these days. I'm reading it now. I hope you all do, too. And of course, feel free to discuss in the comments section.

3 comments:

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

I'll just start at the top:

America is an inspiration to those who yearn to be free and have the ability and dignity to determine their own destiny.

Except for the gays. And the Muslims. At least until they stop being gay or Muslim.

Whenever the agenda of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to institute a new governing agenda and set a different course.

Unless The People elect a Democratic Congress and President, which we did last time we held free and fair elections.

An unchecked executive, a compliant legislature, and an overreaching judiciary have combined to thwart the will of the people and overturn their votes and their value, striking down the long-standing laws and scorning the deepest beliefs of the American people.

Are they still talking about the Bush administration? I mean, haven't they already blamed everything on that guy?

Oh, wait...

All kidding aside, theses exact same things were said about slavery and de-segregation. Now they're saying them about gays and Muslims.

And again the misinterpretation that this "government" was somehow not duly and freely elected by the people.

I'll get to the rest later, but that's just the first couple paragraphs of bullshit. I can try to read this stuff with an open mind, but before I even scroll down they've cast me and people like me in the same old freedom-hating, anti-American, illegitimate political light that has defined the political discourse for a generation.

Doesn't give me much hope that the rest of it isn't just a retread of all the GOP narratives that helped drive the country into the ditch in the first place.

Dante said...

"I can try to read this stuff with an open mind."

Given the things you're injecting into this on your own, apparently you can't. Gays and Muslims aren't mentioned in the document, Pat. Nobody is saying anything about them here.

From what I can read, it seems to me that the minority party is making the assertion that the current government is not representing the people who elected them. I don't see any assertions that the elections were illegitimate, only that those elected failed to live up to their campaign promises and expectations. That's a typical and generally solid assertion for a minority party to make, especially on the eve of elections. Are they right? I'm not so sure, but we'll find out in November.

"Doesn't give me much hope that the rest of it isn't just a retread of all the GOP narratives that helped drive the country into the ditch in the first place."

Now that is something I completely agree with you on. These aren't the exact same people who drove us into that particular ditch*, but neither were the folks we elected in 1994. It only took about 4 years for their resolve to completely melt away on most important issues and for them to shuffle their leadership to get rid of the people who were actually doing anything constructive.

As far as my own comments on the document, I'm surprised they're pushing this Constitutional authority line item. I just don't think it's that popular an issue.

I also think the "A Plan to Reform Congress and Restore Trust" section should've been the first thing they talked about. There are still plenty of people who are leery of trusting Republicans and with good reason. It also would've helped if I didn't get a feeling of deja vu when reading the Republican pledges in this section. I'm pretty sure Pelosi and the House Democratic leadership made a lot of the same promises and promptly broke them.

The rest of it looks pretty humdrum. It shows you where we are as a country when terrorism shows up on page 19 out of 21. Gone are the days of vote with us or vote with the terrorists. Good riddance. I do like in that section that the "Pass Clean Troop Funding Bills" is the first line item. I'm surprised the border and immigration issues aren't listed higher.

I love that they included the health care flow chart. That thing is political gold. I think they hit a home run on the charts and graphs they included. All of them cast our current Congress and President in the worst possible light without having to lie about or even severely misrepresent anything.

It's a little less meaty than I'd like from reading a 21 page document. The preamble AND forward are a waste. They don't do as good a job of sticking to the 80% agenda as the Contract With America did, but in the current anti-incumbent political climate, I think being a little more agenda-aggressive is a good move. I guess in the end I consider it very well-played... but I still don't buy it.

* That was the ditch on the right side of the road. Then we back out and careened straight into the ditch on the left side of the road. Maybe one day we can avoid the ditches and just get the stupid car back on the road again.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Gays and Muslims aren't mentioned in the document, Pat. Nobody is saying anything about them here.

Sorry if I can't read things out of context. The GOP released this document to help their chances in the election. Likewise, in other documents and advertising and statements, the vast majority of them are talking about gays and Muslims.

It also goes to credibility - if your preamble includes such bold inconsistencies to start with, what evidence do I have that the rest of the document will be worth anything?

I don't see any assertions that the elections were illegitimate, only that those elected failed to live up to their campaign promises and expectations.

Again, context. They don't have to challenge the legitimacy of the elections in this document when they do it everywhere else. Between the well established "ACORN, the Black Panthers and Union Thugs taking over voting sites" to the idea that Democrats want to encourage illegal immigration so that illegals can vote for them to even the undying Obama Birth Certificate and Muslim Adherence meme - there is a weath of spoken and written word already injected by the GOP to challenge the legitimacy of the last two elections. The "government against the will of the people" words are nothing but a continuation of that.

Taking it further, it is difficult to say the current majority party hasn't delivered on their electoral promises since so many on the other side claimed those promises were socialist, communist, terrorist, America-hating, surrendering and counter-cultural in the first place.

These aren't the exact same people who drove us into that particular ditch.

A whole lot of the faces sure look the same, as are a lot of their "ideas." This is just another empty marketing strategy designed to win elections and enact zero policy.

And I don't recall anyone backing the vehicle of state out of the current ditch and into a leftist one. A planned return to Clintonian levels of taxation do not a leftist government make.

The reason the Democratic base isn't excited about this election is that the majority government hasn't even expressed a desire to cross the center line, much less use the left lane - even where it would help them with the electorate.