Militant Rants

A Pledge to America – Commentary by the Militant Libertarian

Well, it must be an election year and this one must be hotly contested because once again, the Republicans have gone back to the Newt G Plan and drafted another wordy document telling Americans how, this time, the GOP will be acting like real American Statesmen again.

It took them forty-eight pages to do and must have made some intern a hell of a summer project for extra credit in that Poli Sci class.  If you’re up for some real punishment, you can read the whole thing at this link (PDF, 10.5mb) or just read the introduction summary I’ll be taking a hatchet to below.

Here’s their introduction interspersed with my own commentary.

America is more than a country.

Yep, it’s a whole continent.

America is an idea – an idea that free people can govern themselves, that government’s powers are derived from the consent of the governed, that each of us is endowed by their Creator with the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. America is the belief that any man or woman can – given economic, political, and religious liberty – advance themselves, their families, and the common good.

I seem to have seen this somewhere before…

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

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.

Oh ya, the Declaration of Independence. Tom did a good job on that one. Too bad he wasn’t around for the Constitution’s creation. That might have worked out better too.

These first principles were proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, enshrined in the Constitution, and have endured through hard sacrifice and commitment by generations of Americans.

Yep, through the hard work and sacrifice of generations of Americans, the original paperwork is still all there.

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.

And most of us haven’t consented for a long time. Since way before January, 2009, in fact. I seem to remember being involved in a lot of objection for at least 8 years before that, now that I think on it.

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 values, striking down longstanding laws and institutions and scorning the deepest beliefs of the American people.

An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many.

Yep, you’ve got your finger on it there. I’m 30-something years old and this has been going on for most of my life. Probably all of it, but for my entire adult life definitely. I’ve been politically aware for three presidents now and most of the Senators currently in office have been there that whole time too.

Rising joblessness, crushing debt, and a polarizing political environment are fraying the bonds among our people and blurring our sense of national purpose.

That first bit with the joblessness thing is a recent phenom that’s really gotten people on edge. The other stuff has been happening for almost a century, though. Not sure about this “national purpose” thing. That needs a little more definition, I think. Here’s some proposals, based on past Republicrat/Demopublican policies:

  • Wars without end, killing anyone who is anywhere near drugs we’ve declared illegal, petroleum reserves, or who just pisses us off.
  • Crushing debt hidden behind fancy banking schematics like fractional reserves and the Fed buying Treasuries.
  • Screwing over health care in the name of the children and old people.
  • Enforcing all kinds of arbitrary and draconian rules on business and industry. We are, after all, the Land of the Free (to Regulate).
  • Or maybe just the general idea of doing something horrible, but changing its name so it doesn’t sound so bad when newscasters talk about it. You know, like “torture” becoming “enhanced interrogation” and “taxes” becoming “voluntary donations.”

I’m sure you can come up with more and I’d like to see them.

Like free peoples of the past, our citizens refuse to accommodate a government that believes it can replace the will of the people with its own. The American people are speaking out, demanding that we realign our country’s compass with its founding principles and apply those principles to solve our common problems for the common good.

The need for urgent action to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be overstated.

Well, that first paragraph is basically the truth. That’s what a lot of Americans are crying for. The second half, though, implies that you, the Republicans, are going to actually do something positive in this regard. Since it doesn’t say that you will and is written in such a vague way that it could mean you won’t, I’m going with my gut on this.

You won’t do diddly, you’ll just talk about it and then blame the Democrats for “opposing it.” That old back-and-forth Hegelian b.s. has worked for you for decades.

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.

Holy crap, that’s a lot of stuff for one sentence. You used 45 words to say absolutely nothing. Amazing. No wonder most politicians are lawyers.

We pledge to honor the Constitution as constructed by its framers and honor the original intent of those precepts that have been consistently ignored – particularly the Tenth Amendment, which grants that all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Here’s the bone thrown to the Tea Party knuckleheads and their ilk. Of course, none of this is ever going to happen by any effort of the GOP. I seem to recall that none of this was mentioned during GW’s reign. Nor with his dad before him.

A lot was said about it when Ronnie was in office, but then he got shot and everything changed.

I mean, if you’re really going to restore the Constitution, that’s going to mean a lot of bureaucrats will be out of a job and a goodly portion of the federal government’s current powers over the People will be lost. Somehow, I just don’t see that actually happening thanks to anyone who’s in power in Washington, D.C. already..

Just a hunch, mind you.

We pledge to advance policies that promote greater liberty, wider opportunity, a robust defense, and national economic prosperity.

We pledge to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values.

We pledge to make government more transparent in its actions, careful in its stewardship, and honest in its dealings.

We pledge to uphold the purpose and promise of a better America, knowing that to whom much is given, much is expected and that the blessings of our liberty buoy the hopes of mankind.

OK, I’m pretty sure these were all lifted directly from Newt’s Contract of nearly a decade ago. You remember that? With it’s jobs creation and “back to basics” b.s.? Didn’t work then either. I highly doubt they’re actually going to do anything more with this new version.

We make this pledge bearing true faith and allegiance to the people we represent, and we invite fellow citizens and patriots to join us in forming a new governing agenda for America.

You mean like the pledge you swore to uphold and protect the U.S. Constitution? Maybe someone should let you politicians know that nobody believes politicians and that their credit score is in the negatives. So this “pledge” is pretty hollow.

Sorry, boys and girls, but I’m afraid that the politicians have had their chance. It’s time for the People to do it our damn selves. Move aside and nobody will get hurt..

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