I haven’t studied the specifics of the pledge enough to feel comfortable commenting on it. My comments are on some of the comments made by the Democrats in Congress when it was introduced and on why it was introduced.
If you look at the title of this blog, it shouldn’t be a surprise that for the past few years I have been a registered Republican. I was a Democrat until Jimmy Carter. His Presidency convinced me that I was in the wrong political party. Having said that I am a Republican, I need to also point out that I am a conservative before I am a Republican. The behavior of the Republicans elected to office in the past few election cycles is horrible. They might as well be Democrats. If I wanted bigger government, more spending, more regulation, and higher taxes, I could have voted for the Democrats. I suspect that I am not alone in that feeling.
A few of the Republicans currently in Congress actually have backbones. Some of them are willing to work for smaller government, less regulation, and lower taxes. These are the people who have put together the Pledge to America (see also Paul Ryan’s Roadmap). The Pledge is necessary because the American people no longer trust their elected officials. The Pledge provides a plan that if followed, we can vote for these people again. If the Pledge is not followed, we can vote them out! We could debate for a long time whether the Tea Party has given some Republicans the strength to stand up for what they believe, but it really does not matter. This is the time to fight runaway government!
One of the main Democrat responses to the Pledge is to say that it is not specific enough to be taken seriously. Is this the same Democrat party that said, “We have to pass the healthcare bill in order to find out what is in it” ? Is this the same Democrat party that is not willing to vote on raising taxes for all Americans on January 1 (not extending the Bush tax cuts for everyone) until after the November election? Is this the same Democrat party that does not even have the courage to propose a specific government budget for next year until after the November election? Seems a little hypocritical to me!