On September 23, 2010, the Grand Old Party made a Pledge to America that they promised to uphold if we gave them the House majority. Indeed, on November 2, 2010, we gave them that majority; but where now are the promises of the pledge?
This carefully crafted tome has a front page by-line that read “a new governing agenda built on THE PRIORITIES OF OUR NATION, THE PRINCIPLES WE STAND FOR & AMERICA’S FOUNDING VALUES.” Wow, sounds very patriotic to me. I like it.
The Pledge to America is filled with pictures of soaring American monuments like the awe-inspiring Statue of Liberty with her clarion call for freedom and opportunity for the hundreds of millions of immigrants who legally have come to our borders in search of the American dream.
Now if you fast forward to Page 37 of the Pledge to America, to the chapter entitled “A Plan to Keep Our Nation Secure at Home and Abroad,” you will see that this is a short chapter that speaks long volumes to the current state of our nation’s security and immigration nightmare being perpetuated by the very GOP legislators who three short years ago make such a lofty set of promises to the American people.
Within that chapter it states, “We have a plan to keep our nation secure at home and abroad and hold the current government accountable for fulfilling its responsibility to provide for a robust defense.” Oh, really?
Wasn’t it our President who just last week stood in Berlin, Germany (of all places) and announced that “we can live free from fear and free from want; that we can speak our minds and assemble with whomever we choose and worship as we please?” Doesn’t this man understand the fear that the IRS engenders with its targeting of this country’s liberty groups?
Wasn’t it he who proposed the reduction of the American nuclear arsenal by as much as one third to focus on more “credible threats” of the 21st century? I wonder if the credible threats that our President refers to come from the Tea Party rather than the Taliban. It certainly seems by his words and his actions that he favors that interpretation.
In that same chapter on national security, the Pledge to America goes on to state that “Providing for the common defense is not just a priority or political imperative – it is a Constitutional duty.” Most recently, as part of the unconstitutional sequestration fiasco that our President dreamed up and foisted upon a cowardly Congress, approximately $245 million dollars has been cut from our common defense border patrol.
And so I pose a few questions. Where’s the GOP’s plan to hold this delusional man and his scary administration accountable? How can even one Republican elected official in the House or in the Senate vote for this massive immigration bill and the equally massive Hoeven-Corker amendment and still call themselves a Republican? And most important, What happened to the 2010 GOP Pledge to America?