Saturday, October 2, 2010

"A PLEDGE TO AMERICA": THE GOP's YOUNG GUNS CHANGE AGENT FOR THE AMERICA WE BELIEVE IN















From January 20, 2009, the day Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as 44th President of the United States of America, he and his political surgical team of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have performed countless reconstructive procedures on the United States system of government such that it has become virtually unrecognizable. Obama, Pelosi and Reid, the unholy trinity of American progressive/socialism, have disfigured the American institutions of government in such “Michael Jackson-like” fashion that even the great cinematographer Gordon Willis could not find its good side.

Like bank robbers timing their heist, in quick fashion (less than twenty months) this James gang of political treachery arrogantly spat in the face of the U.S. Constitution and its principles through the most unscrupulous methods ever witnessed in American politics. The Obama regime’s legislative bullying was done with a singular goal to advance their collectivist worldview. However, they knew full well the clock was ticking and that time was precious.

Their obstacles were the U.S. Constitution, American freedoms, liberties, safety, sovereignty, solvency, and the free-enterprise system. They held those American ideals hostage while they installed their socialist agendas. They had to move swift and act fast, ignore the Constitution, congressional protocol, snub the will of the people and then make their getaway on November 2, 2010. They leave in their wake socio, political, economic and defense carnage which will take unprecedented efforts to sanitize for future generations.

The hue and cry was loud and clear by those who love and treasure America and its founding principles. They threw down the gauntlet at the feet of President Obama’s tyrannical regime. As they viewed the horrific transformation and degradation of their beautiful “shining city on a hill” by President Obama’s regime and his legislative supporters, they did not idly stand by and accept the assault. They fought back with their most viable weapon-- their voice. They marched, wept, organized, researched and sought spiritual guidance from their founding fathers. And now those very people who faithfully fought with their voice look to a new breed of American leadership who will reinstate America’s beauty as signified by its Constitution. A new breed of leadership that respects the principles that underlie America as the shining city on a hill. An America that beacons for all who treasure and value life, liberty, opportunity, individuality, and respect for our nation’ values and principles.

They have found those leaders in the “Young Guns” of the GOP leadership. The “Young Guns” are the Wyatt Earps, the Elliot Ness’ and the Magnificent Seven’s of the GOP. They have taken an oath to rid America of the lawlessness of the Obama regime, run them out of town and reinstate and protect America’s principles as reflected by our founding fathers within the U.S. Constitution. The GOP “Young Guns” are the new sheriff’s in town, their badges are the U.S. Constitution and they are led by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Their promise to America is codified in their manifesto, “A Pledge to America”.

The “Young Guns” ride into town with their overarching pledge to honor the U.S. Constitution. They hail limited government, less taxes and governmental spending , promotion of free-enterprise markets and employment, repealing and replacing unconstitutional ObamaCare, reforming unethical congressional procedures and ensuring our national defense and borders. These pledges may ring like common sense conventional vows to the American public, but they are precisely what is needed for today’s America. Under the Obama regime America has lost its way and must rediscover the roots of its raison d'ĂȘtre. The “Young Guns” pledge reminds us of those roots in its preamble:

“America is more than a country. 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.”

Reps. Cantor, Ryan and McCarthy have also penned a book entitled “Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders”, wherein they collectively reveal their backgrounds, their purpose for public service and recount their early years in Congress as idealistic young representatives, only to see their core conservative values undermined as the republican party drifted from those values at a cost to both the republican party and the country. As the electorate angered over the republican party’s dalliances with moderation, i.e., liberal agendas, this cleared a path for the progressive/socialist Obama regime to take control. Unfortunately, due to the republican’s wrongheaded strategy, Americans must now manage through the Obama regime’s stranglehold on American freedoms and prosperity. The book provides the insight as to the political philosophies of these three young representatives and serves as an historical backgrounder to the GOP tenants for “A Pledge to America”.

The naysayers and critics of “A Pledge to America” has advanced from both the left and right wing fronts. The left criticizes it as a rehash of the Gingrich era’s “Contract With America” or as an impractical promise. The right feels the pledge either rings hollow or isn’t specific and/or doesn’t go far enough to address the real problems set off by the Obama regime. However, both doubting Thomas factions cannot see past the past (the left) and do not understand how to methodically change for the future (the right). The left will do its level best to undercut American traditionalists’ allegiance to the pledge since it is antithetical to their progressive/socialist agenda. The right should be wary of hastiness and must heed Russell Kirk’s fourth conservative principle of prudence regarding quick changes in policy, which is,

“for the statesman, prudence is chief among virtues. Any public measure ought to be judged by its probable long-run consequences, not merely by temporary advantage or popularity. Liberals and radicals, the conservative says, are imprudent: for they dash at their objectives without giving much heed to the risk of new abuses worse than the evils they hope to sweep away. The conservative declares that he acts only after sufficient reflection, having weighed the consequences. Sudden and slashing reforms are as perilous as sudden and slashing surgery.”

The daunting challenge to the “Young Guns” is that they must change the country’s narrative, and this is no easy task. Jeff Bergner’s essay in The Weekly Standard entitled, “Can Republicans Govern” lays out the challenge. Bergner states that progressive/socialists have been very successful in undermining traditional American values and the Constitution through their false narrative of the American ideal of equality. Bergner outlines how the progressive left have successfully twisted the American notion of equality through socialist ideals creating distinctions between those who align around their notion of equality as virtuous and those who don’t as selfish special interests. However, Bergner is optimistic for the “Young Guns” to change the American narrative from progressive fiction to conservative fact and writes,

“Formulating a new American narrative and governing in accord with it is not a task for the faint-hearted. But the effort is worth it. Unlike the left’s initiatives, too many of which must be disguised and misrepresented at every turn, these initiatives can be crafted to win genuine popular support. These initiatives, moreover, are likely to achieve their stated purposes, unlike those of the left, and can be expanded and developed over time. Tocqueville pointed out in the 1830s that strong forces in modern democracies press toward equality and passivity at the expense of liberty and self-government. But he also noted that these forces are not fated to prevail”.

The issues now confronting America may be historically similar with past generations, but the hurdles amassed today, thanks to the Obama regime over such a short period of time, have awoken the country with a bountiful dowsing of cold water. It’s as if America has experienced its own “Christmas Carol” and we have awoken from that nightmare promising ourselves to change our ways and do the right thing. To change back to honoring our Constitution and our founding fathers principles of government. To do the right thing by giving our government back to the people, because it is for the people. The GOP “Young Guns” are leading that charge for that awakening in Washington.

New life has been born within the GOP. It is not your daddy’s GOP anymore. Reps. Cantor, Ryan and McCarthy and the other “Young Guns” in the GOP are aligned with the American dream, not the Obama progressive/socialist nightmare reality. That nightmare was most aptly described by Velma Hart when she confronted President Obama at a townhall by asking him, "Is this my new reality?" Mr. Obama’s response was in the fashion of his typical exhausting and distractive non-responsive rhetoric that we have, lo these many months, learned to be one of his political tricks of his trade. A response that meant, “yes, Mrs. Hart, under my administration this is your new reality”.

Mrs. Hart for now, under the Obama regime, yes this is your new reality. However, come November 2, 2010 you and the rest of America will awaken to a new reality. One that you dreamt of as you embarked on the American dream. The “Young Guns” have pledged this promise to you for your sake, theirs and the sake of all Americans. Unlike candidate Obama’s campaign slogan “change we can believe” in, the Young Guns of the GOP’s “A Pledge to America” is the change agent for an America that we always believed in.

1 comment:

Matt said...

I like your take on this. My only criticism of the pledge it that is should have ended after the preamble, which I think is brilliant, and a brief set of broad policy points. Personally, I think it' too long and too specific.

That being said, no matter what they did, someone would be upset about it.