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The Republicans’ “Pledge” to America

So the Republicans released their “Pledge” to America [Warning: It’s a PDF]:

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.

Sweet they’re making Ron Paul the head of the Republican Party and allowing him to make policy? HELL YEAH… wait what? That’s not what’s happening? What the heck are they doing then? What do you mean read the entire document? Shit.

Cut Government Spending to Pre- Stimulus, Pre-Bailout Levels

But we were still in a deficit before the stimulus packages were approved. That won’t fix the financial problem in this country at all.

Cut Congress’ Budget

Yeah, I’ll believe that when I see it.

We will ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives. No more hiding legislative language from the minority party, opponents, and the public. Legislation should be understood by all interested parties before it is voted on.

So now you’re stealing Obama’s lies (remember he said all bills would be posted online 72 hours before he signed them, still waiting on that Obama)? What you should do is fight to ensure all bills will be read aloud in both houses. That will ensure everybody knows everything in the bill and most importantly cut the length of these bills down because nobody wants to read a 2,000 page document out loud. An added benefit would be any 2,000 pages bill would take so long to read a new house and Senate would probably be in and have to start the reading from the top again ensure it never gets voted on.

We will require each bill moving through Congress to include a clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified.

I actually like this. Of course it’ll be a cold day in Hell before this requirement is actually made of bills.

We will prevent the government from importing terrorists onto American soil. We will hold President Obama and his administration responsible for any Guantanamo Bay detainees they release who return to fight against our troops or who have become involved in any terrorist plots or activities.

You’ll prevent our government from “importing” terrorists? Really? Please explain in detail how you will accomplish that. Also I love how the Republicans say they are going to adhere to the Constitution but keeping people held in a secret prison in Cuba without trail is somehow OK.

There is real concern that while the threat from Iranian intercontinental ballistic missiles could materialize as early as 2015, the government’s missile defense policy is not projected to cover the U.S. homeland until 2020. We will work to ensure critical funding is restored to protect the U.S. homeland and our allies from missile threats from rogue states such as Iran and North Korea.

Wait were’ going to fund a missile defense program because the Iranians may have intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) someday? I guess the fact Russia has enough ICBMs to wipe out all life on Earth several times over wasn’t motivation enough huh? Maybe we should also realize we still have enough nukes to do the same and that threat prevented Russian and America from launching so I’m betting the same threat will work just fine on little old Iran. There I just saved you a boat load of money on chasing a program that has been in the works since the Cold War and never came to fruition. You’re welcome.

So let me sum up their “pledge.” The Republican Party will continue doing what they have been doing while stating they’re going to do something else instead. How are they different from the Democrats again? Oh that’s right they’re not.

This is why I’m a libertarian.

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Written by Christopher Burg

September 24, 2010 at 10:00 am

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