By Allen Wilson
And so it is that the leadership of the Republican Party has presented to the people of America a pledge, a binding promise or agreement to do or forbear.
A binding promise couched in rhetoric and pretty pictures was what I read this morning after printing the document in full. It read like a marketing brochure full of fluff and excuses. In it was the foundations for another round of blame come January. Still, buried in the hype and hyperbole there was a pledge.
Reading through the document with my contract evaluator’s hat on I could see the words that formed that pledge;
- To create jobs, end economic uncertainty and make America more competitive
- To stop out-of-control spending and reduce the size of government
- To repeal and replace the government takeover of health care
- To reform Congress and restore trust
- To keep our nation secure
- To serve as a check and balance against any schemes that are inconsistent with the priorities of the American people
This reading brought to mind sense of an alcoholic’s pledge to stop drinking. Wrapped in language that said over and over what the challenges were and alluding to blame which may be cast later, the document lacked the conviction and the honesty I had hoped for. It failed to acknowledge that those making the pledge are the very one’s that contributed to the problems.
I measure dedication and ability by success. It is clear that many of both parties in government have failed to uphold their charter and earn my trust. They must now reverse their course and what makes it difficult to accept is that it is their course.
A few, a precious few will carry the message to Washington and our state and local governments next year. They too will fall under the same scrutiny that we will apply to those who have remained. Our ballots have been forgiving of the past mistakes of many. I suppose hope springs eternal that the leopards will change their spots, and perhaps they will.
But, if they do not they should heed my pledge and one that I hope others will join with me to convey;
- I will watch, listen, and learn not only what you do but why you are doing it.
- I will bear witness to the successes and the failures to uphold your oaths, pledges, and promises.
- I will devote my efforts to holding you accountable and spreading the word when you meet your obligations and when you fall short.
- I will not be swayed by party politics, financial enticements, power or fame.
- I will expend every effort to support you if you succeed or defeat you if you fail to live up to your commitments.
So help me God.
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