GOP’s Pledge to America

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A PLEDGE TO AMERICA


The GOP’s Pledge to America is to be presented to the American People on September 23, 2010.   A  draft of their plan was released yesterday.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 long‐standing 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.

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

Like free people 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FOREWORD

Americans need no reminder that the challenges we face are enormous. Our economy has declined and our debt has mushroomed with the loss of millions of jobs. The social fabric that binds us as citizens, families, and communities is unraveling.  Voices in and out of government whisper that our standing as the world’s leader of democracy and economic growth is ending.

The American people do not accept these counsels of timidity, failure, and despair.   In town halls and on public squares, in every corner of this country, people have gathered and spoken out – in small groups and larger crowds, through phone calls and in letters, through websites and new technologies.

Though these petitions come from different walks, their message is uniform:   Washington has not been listening.

Politicians in Washington have imposed an agenda that doesn’t reflect the priorities of the people. What’s worse, the most important decisions are made behind closed doors, where a flurry of backroom deals has supplanted the will of the people.

It’s time to do away with the old politics:  that much is clear. It’s not enough, however, to swap out one set of leaders for another. Structure dictates behavior, so we have drafted this blueprint on a process of listening to  the American people and fielding their concerns and ideas for turning things around.

  • Our plan offers a clear and clearly different approach, one in which the people have the most say and the best ideas trump the most entrenched interests.
  • Our plan stands on the principles of smaller, more accountable government; economic freedom; lower taxes; fiscal responsibility; protecting life, American values, and the Constitution; and providing for a robust national defense.
  • Our plan puts forth a new governing agenda that reflects the priorities of the American people – priorities that have been ignored, even mocked by the powers-­‐that-­‐be in Washington.
  • These are focused concrete examples of the policies through which we will promote greater liberty, wider opportunity, and national economic recovery – and they can be implemented today.

A plan to create jobs, end economic uncertainty, and make America more competitive must be the first and most urgent domestic priority of our government.

We offer a plan to repeal and replace the government takeover of health care with common-­‐sense solutions focused on lowering costs and protecting American jobs. We will enact real medical liability reform; allow Americans to purchase health coverage across state lines; empower small businesses with greater purchasing power; and create new incentives to save for future health needs. We will protect the doctor-­patient relationship, and ensure that those with pre-existing conditions gain access to the coverage they need. We will permanently end taxpayer funding of abortion and codify the Hyde Amendment.

We are offering a plan to reform Congress and restore trust so that we can put power back where it belongs: in the hands of the people. We will govern differently than past Congresses of both parties.

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The Pledge is divided into five important sections:

  1. A Plan to Create Jobs, End Economic Uncertainty, and Make America More Competitive –  Pg. 6
  2. A Plan to Stop Out-of­- Control Spending and Reduce the Size of Government –  Pg 10
  3. A Plan to Repeal and Replace the Government Takeover of Health Care – Pg. 14
  4. A Plan to Reform Congress and Restore Trust – Pg. 17
  5. A Plan to Keep Our Nation Secure at Home & Abroad – Pg. 19

Call to Action

Built through a process of listening to the people, this is our Pledge to America. To begin the process of implementing a new governing agenda that honors our Constitution and reflects the will of the people, we call on the leadership of the 111th Congress to bring these reforms and policies to an immediate vote, and ask all citizens of our Nation – men and women of good will and good heart – who share in our beliefs, to join with us today.

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The complete Pledge to Americans is available here.

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17 responses to “GOP’s Pledge to America

  1. The Pledge focuses on top issues facing Americans. The GOP is in Sterling, Virginia today for the roll out. The Left is countering as usual.

    Meanwhile, at the UN, Obama is giving his speech today to the U.N. in New York City.

  2. Democrats Run From Pelosi
    And the GOP prepares its ‘Pledge to America.

    Sept. 23, 2010 Karl Rove

    Sometimes the impending loss of power can cause people to say strange things. Consider House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who told reporters last week, “I don’t really even have the time to pay attention” to the attacks on her. “This is what campaigns are about. I sort of, like, thrive on them.” Really? It’s hard to imagine Mrs. Pelosi likes the ads run by at least seven Democratic House incumbents distancing themselves from her agenda, such as the stimulus, cap and trade, and ObamaCare.

    Mrs. Pelosi also faces an uprising by 37 House Democrats who back extending all the Bush tax cuts. Most of them signed a letter on Sept. 15 saying “given the continued fragility of our economy and slow pace of recovery . . . raising any taxes right now could negatively impact economic growth.

    There is similar discontent among Senate Democrats. It appears impossible that Majority Leader Harry Reid can pass any tax bill.

    Still, Democrats have achieved something significant. Just before a crucial election, they have cemented their party’s reputation as tax-happy.

    That’s why today’s release of the House GOP’s “Pledge to America” is so important. It presents practical steps to create jobs, control spending, repeal ObamaCare, reform Washington and keep America secure. Much of it is embodied in legislation that can be voted on right now.

    The only thing Congress must do before it leaves town is fund the government.

    The “Pledge” would freeze the tax code for two years and fund non-defense spending at 2008 levels—before the bailouts and stimulus.

    http://online.wsj.com/articleSB10001424052748703860104575507831916397878.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLTopStories

  3. Examiner Editorial: Obamacare is even worse than critics thought
    September 22, 2010 Snips

    Much more has been revealed about Obamacare since President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi pushed the bill on Americans six months ago. Half a year removed from the unprecedented legislative chicanery and backroom dealing that characterized the bill’s passage, we know much more about the bill than we did then. A few of the revelations:

    » Obamacare won’t decrease health care costs for the government. According to Medicare’s actuary, it will increase costs. The same is likely to happen for privately funded health care.

    » As written, Obamacare covers elective abortions, contrary to Obama’s promise that it wouldn’t.

    » Obamacare won’t allow employees or most small businesses to keep the coverage they have and like.

    » Obamacare will increase insurance premiums — in some places, it already has. … Obama’s only method of preventing massive rate increases so far has been to threaten insurers.

    » Obamacare will force seasonal employers — especially the ski and amusement park industries — to pay huge fines, cut hours, or lay off employees.

    » Obamacare forces states to guarantee not only payment but also treatment for indigent Medicaid patients.

    » Obamacare imposes a huge non-medical tax compliance burden on small business. It will require them to mail IRS 1099 tax forms to every vendor from whom they make purchases of more than $600 in a year, with duplicate forms going to the Internal Revenue Service.

    » Obamacare allows the IRS to confiscate part or all of your tax refund if you do not purchase a qualified insurance plan. The bill funds 16,000 new IRS agents to make sure Americans stay in line.

    If you wonder why so many American voters are angry, and no longer give Obama the benefit of the doubt on a variety of issues, you need look no further than Obamacare, whose birthday gift to America might just be a GOP congressional majority.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/Obamacare-is-even-worse-than-critics-thought-960772-103571664.html#ixzz10MOxcVph

  4. Dems react to GOP agenda
    09/22/10 7:12 PM EDT

    The Democrats are reacting to the GOP agenda that is circulating tonight. Here is a statement from Nadeam Elshami, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

    “Congressional Republicans are pledging to ship jobs overseas; blow a $700 billion hole in the deficit to give tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires; turn Social Security from a guaranteed benefit into a guaranteed gamble; once again, subject American families to the recklessness of Wall Street; and take away patients’ rights. Republicans want to return to the same failed economic policies that hurt millions of American and threatened our economy.”

    “Democrats will protect Social Security, give tax cuts to the middle class and help the middle class through our ‘Make it in America’ manufacturing strategy.”

    “Ironically, the Republican Party that voted against small business tax cuts enacted into law by this Congress is actually holding its press event at a small business just outside Washington and then racing back presumably to vote against the Small Business Jobs Act, which is crucial to get small businesses hiring.”

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Dems-react-to-GOP-agenda-103577054.html#ixzz10MSdCTx1

  5. Sponsored by Barney Frank
    H.R.5297 – Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010
    Creates a $30 billion small business lending fund and provide $12 billion in tax breaks to help small businesses.

    An act to create the Small Business Lending Fund Program to direct the Secretary of the Treasury to make capital investments in eligible institutions in order to increase the availability of credit for small businesses, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for small business job creation, and for other purposes.

    http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5297/show

    • Yes, after destroying the US economy and almost the world economy with his “housing” policies, Mr. Barney Frank (aka Barney Fudd) will turn his guns upon small business. A slush fund for favored small businesses. Who will decide “eligibility”? Why, Fudd himself, probably. Just like he chose winners and losers in the housing market. Or maybe Soros will call the shots.

  6. I would like to see a Republican stand against the “Ground Zero Mosque” which is really a rabat…

    In fact, the proposed structure is known in Islamic history as a rabat — literally a connector. The first rabat appeared at the time of the Prophet.

    The Prophet imposed his rule on parts of Arabia through a series of ghazvas, or razzias (the origin of the English word “raid”). The ghazva was designed to terrorize the infidels, convince them that their civilization was doomed and force them to submit to Islamic rule. Those who participated in the ghazva were known as the ghazis, or raiders.

    After each ghazva, the Prophet ordered the creation of a rabat — or a point of contact at the heart of the infidel territory raided. The rabat consisted of an area for prayer, a section for the raiders to eat and rest and facilities to train and prepare for future razzias. Later Muslim rulers used the tactic of ghazva to conquer territory in the Persian and Byzantine empires. After each raid, they built a rabat to prepare for the next razzia.

    It is no coincidence that Islamists routinely use the term ghazva to describe the 9/11 attacks against New York and Washington. The terrorists who carried out the attack are referred to as ghazis or shahids (martyrs).

    Thus, building a rabat close to Ground Zero would be in accordance with a tradition started by the Prophet. To all those who believe and hope that the 9/11 ghazva would lead to the destruction of the American “Great Satan,” this would be of great symbolic value.

    Faced with the anger of New Yorkers, the promoters of the project have started calling it the Cordoba House, echoing President Obama’s assertion that it would be used to propagate “moderate” Islam.

    The argument is that Cordoba, in southern Spain, was a city where followers of Islam, Christianity and Judaism lived together in peace and produced literature and philosophy.

    In fact, Cordoba’s history is full of stories of oppression and massacre, prompted by religious fanaticism. It is true that the Muslim rulers of Cordoba didn’t force their Christian and Jewish subjects to accept Islam. However, non-Muslims could keep their faith and enjoy state protection only as dhimmis (bonded ones) by paying a poll tax in a system of religious apartheid.

    If whatever peace and harmony that is supposed to have existed in Cordoba were the fruit of “Muslim rule,” the subtext is that the United States would enjoy similar peace and harmony under Islamic rule.

    A rabat in the heart of Manhattan would be of great symbolic value to those who want a high-profile, “in your face” projection of Islam in the infidel West.

    • RedPill, Everyone, This is now going around. Claims state a missle, not a plane.

      • I am no expert on that, but I thought it could be a plane. If it were a missile, then what happened to the plane? Four planes full of people disappeared that day. We know 2 went into the World Trade Center towers. I don’t see any reason to think that the other 2 ended up somewhere other than the Pentagon and the field in PA. Perhaps the people who think the above video is a missle is because they’ve never seen a commercial plane fly that fast, but the jihadists had the engines at full throttle. Weren’t there eye-witnesses who said they saw a plane hit the Pentagon?

        • Red Pill, I saw another video that clearly shows a plane. Where’s Barbara Olsen if that wasn’t a plane? Where are all the hundreds of others on that plane? It’s the angle, if this isn’t doctored video. Wings seen edge on don’t look like wings. As you said, flying far too fast; if they could freeze frame and blow the shots up, maybe they could convince us.

  7. Red Pill, et al
    I came upon this very early on and thought it had been spread around, but apparently it remained under the radar.
    The crash site for flight 93 in the fields of Pennsylvania is also what you are now calling a “rabat”
    No question about it.
    see http://www.debrajmsmith.com/flight93.html
    also I have now seen other references about this
    also see http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/09/07/critics-flight-memorial-insist-islamic-symbols-remain/

  8. Bulletin **
    From the NY DailyNews-19 min ago:

    A former top Nicaraguan diplomat was found murdered in his Bronx apartment Thursday morning when his driver came to take him to the United Nations General Assembly, police sources said.

    Nicaragua’s former consul, Cesar Mercado, 34, was found around 10:30 a.m. with his throat slashed at a building on the Grand Concourse near E. 180th St.

    Mercado’s driver, who was to take him to the annual gathering of nations in Manhattan, made the grim discovery.

    “The door was ajar and the driver went in and found the body,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne.

    The body was lying just inside the apartment doorway.

    “The knife was found on the floor next to him,” Browne said.

    There was no immediate word on a motive or suspect.

    The Permanent Mission of Nicaragua to the UN was expected to make a statement later Thursday.

    The heads of more than 100 countries are in town for the General Assembly.

    Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, a fierce critic of the United States and a defender of North Korea and Iran, was due in town and expected to speak during the confab.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/09/23/2010-09-23_nicaraguan_diplomat_found_dead_throat_slashed_nearly_decapitated_in_bronx_buildi.html#ixzz10NQsXKwF

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