It’s “tis the season”…the political season. We are mere weeks away from the country collectively deciding, through the individual’s vote, the course of action for the next two years. It’s volatile right now. Emotions run deep and opinions run strong. Many incumbent politicians are desperate not to have to polish and update their resumes, having gotten comfortable and settled in their offices, positions and statuses.
We are a country in an economic and moral death spiral. While Republicans certainly cannot escape any of the blame for our current situation, much of it has been brought about since the Democrats took over the majority. Add to that the horrifying fact that we have a president that has spent more than every other president combined in our nation’s history. Our kids and our grandkids will be wiping the tables for that meal for the rest of their lives.
But now the Sleeping Giant is awakening. It’s finally been stirred and as it stretches and looks around it finds a country that has been changed into an unrecognizable nation. It’s easy to blame those in Washington but if we are being honest, we have to acknowledge that much of the fault lays with the giant. This Giant fell asleep and remained derelict in it’s duties to faithfully guard that which was handed to us by a group of Founders who risked it all to mold and shape this into a nation that made a miraculous 5,000 year leap within only a handful of generations. Despite handing the keys to a group of men and women who abused their power, the Sleeping Giant is further to blame by keeping these people in office and reelecting them 90% of the time.
But, times… they are a’changin! And for the first time in a long time many of those irresponsible politicians are trembling with fear and the dread of accountability. Others are seeing their chance to move in and replace those lifetime incumbents while promising a new order of rule.
Most recently the Republicans are using the opportunity to come out with a new 21 page Pledge With America that outlines exactly their promise to the American people should they be entrusted enough to be put back in office. It covers the predictable gamut from jobs, taxes, spending cuts and defense. As I skimmed through the “pledge” I realized, it all sounds good- and a lot of it sounds great. It was well written and on the surface it’s hard to find anything to disagree with. Many topics within are good, solid principles that need to be adopted and need to be committed wholeheartedly to by those who are elected to serve this great nation.
Yet, the more I pondered it the more I felt as if pertinent pieces were missing. For example, why does it say that it will repeal the spending back to the levels of 2008? Excuse me? 2008??
On these particular topics, Eric Erickson at RedState voiced his opinion:
The plan wants to put “government on the path to a balanced budget” without doing anything substantive. There is a promise to “immediately reduce spending” by cutting off stimulus funds. Wow. Exciting.
There is a plan to cut Congress’s budget, which is pretty much what was promised in 1994. Seriously? In 4 years did the Democrats really blow up the Congressional budget? No — the GOP did that too.
There is no call for a Spending Limitation Amendment or a Balanced Budget Amendment. It is just meaningless stuff the Democrats can easily undo and that ultimately the Senate GOP will even turn its nose up at.
The entirety of this Promise is laughable. Why? It is an illusion that fixates on stuff the GOP already should be doing while not daring to touch on stuff that will have any meaningful longterm effects on the size and scope of the federal government.
This document proves the GOP is more focused on the acquisition of power than the advocacy of long term sound public policy. All the good stuff in it is stuff we expect them to do. What is not in it is more than a little telling that the House GOP has not learned much of anything from 2006.
I will vote Republican in November of 2010. But I will not carry their stagnant water.
That said, I will be voting Republican as well. The Republicans, in their worst days, are child’s play compared to the devastation being wrought upon us today by the liberal spending addicts in Washington. But, the Giant cannot ever afford again to fall asleep while on guard duty. Accountability goes both ways. We cannot whine, scream and continue to tear out our hair and then refuse to vote the weasels out office who continue to violate their constitutional vows and the representation of their constituents at each and every opportunity for personal and political expediency. The responsibility rest squarely on the shoulders of the electorate and it is past time we take that seriously.