Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

"Pledge to America" Unveiled by Republicans (Full Text)
CBS News ^ | Brian Montopoli

Posted on 09/22/2010 3:14:52 PM PDT by GOPinCa

House Republicans just released a draft of their legislative agenda for the next Congress, a 21-page "Pledge to America" that they will formally unveil Thursday morning at a Virginia hardware store.

"The need for urgent action to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be overstated," the introduction says.

It continues: "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."

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: pledgetoamerica
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-150151-200201-205 next last
To: Zathras

How about:
“Eliminate two laws for every new one written”
///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

I have pushed that one myself so of course it is a GRRREAT idea ;>)


101 posted on 09/22/2010 5:22:07 PM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a leftist is like trying to catch sunshine in a fish net at midnight.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: airborne
Shut up and act!

Couldn't agree more..This "document" was not drafted this week, nor last, or the previous to that. They have been working on this; cool. But, now the primaries are done; WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU GOP???

102 posted on 09/22/2010 5:23:27 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Call me when the bullets start flying.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: GOPinCa

Eh, forget the contract and the pledges. How about just follow what it says in the freaking Constitution.

We have all the direction we need in our original founding documents.


103 posted on 09/22/2010 5:23:53 PM PDT by LibsRJerks
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nesnah

THAT I understand. Thanks.


104 posted on 09/22/2010 5:24:07 PM PDT by don-o ("At this point, Islam is just surging into a vacuum" - Mrs Don-o)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 99 | View Replies]

To: pelican001

Obviously ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which you will not put ‘>)


105 posted on 09/22/2010 5:24:11 PM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a leftist is like trying to catch sunshine in a fish net at midnight.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: John Valentine
"Could you possibly speak up a bit? I’m having trouble making you out.
Maybe you could use a larger font? Or turn on the “bold”? That might help"

FONT ENVY . . .

106 posted on 09/22/2010 5:34:10 PM PDT by blues_guitarist (ISLAM=DEATH!! . . . . . . black & humble . . .)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 70 | View Replies]

To: pelican001
Well, what do you expect?

"Stuff" drafted by low-wage or volunteer interns just fresh out of Princeton or USC who have yet learned how to write correct English.

But, having said that, God Bless them anyway.

107 posted on 09/22/2010 5:35:04 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (They should count their blessings The American People are going to take power from them peacefully..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: GOPinCa
a 21-page "Pledge to America" that they will formally unveil Thursday morning at a Virginia hardware store.

A Virginia hardware store???? what aisle...plumbing, garden shop, insulation?....maybe the restrooms....

wonder if there will be any illegals gathered out in the parking lot???...."que gringo, yo trabajo barata .. Has oído hablar de Colin Powell ?.."

108 posted on 09/22/2010 5:41:24 PM PDT by OBXWanderer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kcvl
• Adhere To The Constitution: For too long, Congress has ignored the proper limits imposed by the Constitution on the federal government. Further, it has too often drafted unclear and muddled laws, leaving to an unelected judiciary the power to interpret what the law means and by what authority the law stands. This lack of respect for the clear Constitutional limits and authorities has allowed Congress to create ineffective and costly programs that add to the massive deficit year after year. We will require each bill moving through Congress to include a clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified.

Can you say "Interstate Commerce Clause"? I knew you could.

109 posted on 09/22/2010 5:43:32 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: OBXWanderer

Let’s hope it is symbolically in a Virginia county or township where they have drawn the line against ILLEGALS.


110 posted on 09/22/2010 5:44:39 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (They should count their blessings The American People are going to take power from them peacefully..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 108 | View Replies]

To: LibsRJerks
Eh, forget the contract and the pledges. How about just follow what it says in the freaking Constitution.

The various Tea Party groups and the umbrella TP Express ought to hold counter declarations, holding up the Constitution as their pledge.

And with the additional pledge of repealing that !@#$damned 17th amendment.

111 posted on 09/22/2010 5:49:30 PM PDT by upstanding
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 103 | View Replies]

To: GOPinCa; All

My first thought? Is this declaration even relevant with the Tea Parties, rallies, get togethers, etc.? It’s nothing more than a political half-measure intended to placate the masses.


112 posted on 09/22/2010 6:06:28 PM PDT by j.argese (Liberal thought process = oxymoron)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GOPinCa
Require congressional approval for any new federal regulation that would add to the deficit

Isn't that equal to the fox pledging to guard the hen-house against himself?

113 posted on 09/22/2010 6:08:56 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GOPinCa

One of my general rules is the likelihood I am being lied to is proportional to the number of words being used. This thing is very wordy.


114 posted on 09/22/2010 6:09:29 PM PDT by Raycpa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GOPinCa

I think ours is much better:

http://aipnews.com/mxPage.asp?ID=3


115 posted on 09/22/2010 6:20:26 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. -GW)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kcvl

THANKS For the Link!


116 posted on 09/22/2010 6:23:22 PM PDT by jafojeffsurf ( Return to the Constitution.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Raycpa

Am I misreading this thing that it does NOT say anything about locking down these borders? Am I missing that?


117 posted on 09/22/2010 6:25:31 PM PDT by Benchim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 114 | View Replies]

To: GOPinCa

Yea, but have they told Lisa Murkowski to sit down, shut up, and go the Hell away?

Color me cautiously optimistic. We are after all, talking about the GOP establishment here.

They’re gonna have to *earn* it!


118 posted on 09/22/2010 6:26:47 PM PDT by AFreeBird
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GOPinCa
GOP Manifesto: A Big Fat Zero
Karl Denninger
119 posted on 09/22/2010 6:26:59 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zathras
How about: “Eliminate two laws for every new one written”

I've always been in favor of a "sunset" provision on every law, especially here in CA, that would require a re-vote every 10 years to keep the law on the books.

120 posted on 09/22/2010 6:29:10 PM PDT by GunsAndBibles
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: BCW
how the progressives/liberals/Democrats lie, cheat, and steal from the taxpayers...

There are plenty of progressives, liberals, nanny-staters, do-gooders, and other trash in the Republican Party.

Until they are removed and replaced, this effort will fail.

121 posted on 09/22/2010 6:33:45 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: pissant
They can stick their ‘repeal and replace’ healthcare where the sun don’t shine.

BUMP!

122 posted on 09/22/2010 6:34:43 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: GOPinCa

What this does is bring the main issues back to the for front for discussion. The dimoKKKRATS do not want that. They want to do their usual character assassinations and avoid the main issues.


123 posted on 09/22/2010 6:35:15 PM PDT by Parley Baer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GOPinCa
"We will require each bill moving through Congress to include a clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified."

You gotta love this.

124 posted on 09/22/2010 6:44:49 PM PDT by Senator Goldwater
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne; pissant
Damn it, I want some frank admissions and a promise to do a hell of a lot better out of this document.

Pissant pointed out elsewhere in this thread that the agenda mentions not just the repeal but the replacement of Obamacare (by Republicans, of course).

Replacement? What the hell?

Such a statement indicates that the Republican leadership simply doesn't get it. Americans don't want to keep jockeying between two political overlords, as they have been for decades; they want government to get out of their way, period.

As a result, I think that this "agenda" is nothing more than a half-hearted attempt to appease angry Tea Partiers into putting down their rhetorical torches and pitchforks and returning to the Republican plantation.

To be honest, I don't want more empty promises. I want heads to roll, politically speaking.

125 posted on 09/22/2010 6:44:57 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: DBrow

On a quick reading, I don’t see how the pubs health care reforms sounds like “another national plan”. They sound like the suggestions coming forth from this and many other conservative forums for months. Tort reforms, greater purchasing power given to the consumers and small businesses...I don’t see the problem.

That said, I’ll reserve final judgement until I’ve had time to read the entire document....in the morning. And also that said, a note to the republicans...saying is one thing and doing is another.


126 posted on 09/22/2010 6:49:12 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (The Professional Left: Using Your Money to Promote Their Ideology Since the 1930's)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: blues_guitarist

No, don’t expect a revolution. But gridlock is a good thing.


127 posted on 09/22/2010 6:50:55 PM PDT by dr_who
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Benchim

...NOT say anything about locking down these borders

I didn’t see that either or anything on amnesty.

And I didn’t see anything about having ALL Americans, from the president on down to have the SAME health care options. No exclusions for SPECIAL people or groups.

Maybe the Tea Party can make a counter pledge.


128 posted on 09/22/2010 6:58:15 PM PDT by IM2MAD
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 117 | View Replies]

To: kcvl

Thanks for the link. :-)


129 posted on 09/22/2010 6:58:27 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: calicard

Wolverines!


130 posted on 09/22/2010 7:00:40 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: rabscuttle385

As I scanned the thing, I saw the verbiage and Pissant is correct. There was talk of replacing it with something better.

If we’re talking about private sector better, I’m going to feel a lot better about it. If we’re talking about a government run plan, these jackasses will have signed on to an unconstitutional mess that is as big a pig in a poke as the Democrats brainstorm was.

Heads to roll is good. Admission, restitution, and corrective measures are a must.

If we start savings accounts that will make it possible for people to self-insure, cover low out of pocket needs, and can be used for retirement as well, I think we’re on to something.

If it becomes theft where your funds are taken away and spend to pay another group of people, it’s going to be a big a boondoggle as Social Security is.


131 posted on 09/22/2010 7:03:09 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (All hail Prince Skid-mark, Barack Hussein Obama, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 125 | View Replies]

To: BCW
It’s now or never

I feel that with every ounce of my fiber. . . November 2nd is it. . If we don't succeed then, then it's back to Jefferson's quote of November 13, 1787, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it's natural manure." (to W. S. Smith, B.12.356)

132 posted on 09/22/2010 7:11:23 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: patriciaruth
Wolverines!

I tell you, I'm almost there. . . am waiting for November 2nd and the results on November 3rd. . .

133 posted on 09/22/2010 7:16:17 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 130 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne
If it becomes theft where your funds are taken away and spend to pay another group of people, it’s going to be a big a boondoggle as Social Security is.

Social Security is yet another political hot potato that I don't see anyone, except maybe third parties, willing to honestly and sincerely confront, much less actually tackle head on in terms of re-working policy.

I'm a young American, and I view my FICA taxes as a total loss to myself. I don't want Social Security or Medicare; I would be willing to entertain tax-advantaged accounts of various types. I would also be willing to entertain deep spending reductions across all Federal agencies and departments, as well as a simplification of the Federal tax codes that consolidates the various payroll and income taxes into a single, flat-rate income tax. I would also be willing to entertain buy-outs of Social Security participants as a means of limiting Federal liability.

I don't see any of these ideas being proposed by Republicans. All they are promising to do is roll back spending to 2008 levels, which doesn't do anything about the spending they put into place under Bush or the spending that snowballed over the prior seven decades. and a simplification of the Federal tax code

134 posted on 09/22/2010 7:23:24 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 131 | View Replies]

To: Parley Baer
Thanks Parley...that is what I think as well...and Bo cannot say the Rep's. don't have solutions or a plan as he so often states.

I will give them credit for standing firm and together on many of the bills which have been passed without the party endorsing.

We can expect the media and the Democrat's will speak out with none sense on what is stated...but that's just politics in general...I'm just glad they were as pointed as they could be and finally have stated their intentions.

135 posted on 09/22/2010 7:25:46 PM PDT by caww
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 123 | View Replies]

To: IM2MAD
It's very simple to assure the same health care options to all Americans. It's called "You got money? Come on in!"

Making it any more complicated than that is how we got into this situation in the first place.I set prices for health insurance for 16 years.

The Interstate Commerce Clause should forbid states from setting up any barriers to competition. Congress has chosen to allow the States to change the law arbitrarily and capriciously in order to pick winners and losers.

What we need are five to nine Supreme Court Justices who vote like James Clark McReynolds. President Wilson mistakenly though McReynolds was a "Progressive" (Socialist). In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson appointed him Attorney General of the United States. On August 29, 1914, President Wilson nominated McReynolds to the Supreme Court of the United States. He served until 1941.

McReynolds and the other justices who were supporters of the Republican Party Constitution, ruled against the National Recovery Administration (NRA), the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) and ten other New Deal laws.

Charles Evans Hughes, however, caved into FDR political pressure (FDR threatened to ask Congress to add another 6 justices, meaning FDR would get his way on every Supreme Court ruling). Willis Van Devanter caved by resigning from the Supreme Court in 1937. After this, McReynolds was in the permanent minority of Supreme Court justices who would follow the Constitution.

We currently have 1-5 Justices, depending on issue, who follow the Constitution. We need control of the Presidency and the Senate long enough to fix that.

136 posted on 09/22/2010 7:27:42 PM PDT by bIlluminati (Don't just hope for change, work for change in 2010.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 128 | View Replies]

To: GOPinCa

I’d be satisfied if they’d just publish the US Constitution as a party platform and each swore to abide by it....

this is BS...


137 posted on 09/22/2010 7:29:44 PM PDT by mo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GOPinCa
Remember Remember the 2nd of November!
138 posted on 09/22/2010 7:31:28 PM PDT by Ancient Drive (DRINK COFFEE! - Do Stupid Things Faster with More Energy!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rabscuttle385
Remember the Founders, and humbly review their pen.

Another Jefferson quote, March 28, 1811, "The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us. We ought, for so dear a state to sacrifice every attachment and every enmity." (to William Duane, Ford 11:193)

It was then, and it is now. . Are we up to the task?

139 posted on 09/22/2010 7:32:27 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 134 | View Replies]

To: caww

I agree. The dimoKKKRATS just want to play the “race card” and “blame it on Bush” or the Republican of the day. They want to avoid the issues at all cost. The “Pledge to America” brings the issues to the for front.


140 posted on 09/22/2010 7:36:09 PM PDT by Parley Baer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 135 | View Replies]

To: Parley Baer
They want to avoid the issues at all cost. The “Pledge to America” brings the issues to the for front.

Yep...and the candidates will run with this now.

141 posted on 09/22/2010 7:43:23 PM PDT by caww
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 140 | View Replies]

To: GOPinCa

Its a shame they did not clarify their pledge applies to Federal Government vs States or local.


142 posted on 09/22/2010 7:43:40 PM PDT by XHogPilot (A thief might rob you, but politicians can rob your family for countless generations.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: XHogPilot

Yes they did....perhaps in short form than some might like but they covered that.


143 posted on 09/22/2010 7:47:00 PM PDT by caww
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 142 | View Replies]

To: sushiman

Yea and he started the first the Tea Party too.... *rolls eyes*


144 posted on 09/22/2010 7:52:38 PM PDT by DrewsMum (Now days every news headline looks like it should be from the "Onion")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: ExTexasRedhead

I was hoping to see equally bold initiatives we’ve seen from the left as they’ve shoved through their agenda. I wanted to see support for passage of the FairTax and abolishment of the American KGB better known as the IRS, abolishment of the Departments of Education and Energy as both have proven over thirty years to be totally ineffectual and a waste of resources and to have actually presided over a DECLINE in the quality of education and energy during their tenure. I was also hoping to see an initiative to ban union involvement in govenrnment as this is an inherent and abhorent conflict of interest.

Republicans need BOLD initiatives to win back We The People. We in the Tea Party are the life support system of the GOP at this point and we are in it to win it. This is not a game to us. We are serious about restoring our country.


145 posted on 09/22/2010 8:02:29 PM PDT by caper gal 1 (November 2010 . . . America's last chance for survival.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: kcvl

They aren’t setting my hear on fire with this. “We plan to change the health care bill to end mandates on small businesses.” How about killing it before it kills the elderly and handicapped?

Cutting spending is not going to help; we need to reshape the Federal government to fit it’s constitutional purpose.

Promising they will not pass any more Federal mandates w/o a review on the effet on jobs and economy is good but we need to turn back about 10,000 pages of job and liberity mandates the socialist slammed through over the past two years. At the very least defund them.

It’s wordy, full of loopholes and sounds like the biddies from Maine wrote it.


146 posted on 09/22/2010 8:07:18 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: GOPinCa; stephenjohnbanker; M. Espinola; Quix; EggsAckley; All
Please watch this video:

Mourning in America

Note -- There are other great videos on the link

147 posted on 09/22/2010 8:21:03 PM PDT by ex-Texan (Ecclesiastes 5:10 - 20)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GOPinCa

All Republicans that are running and the ones in congress should sign a pledge!! Like they did in 1993!!!!!!


148 posted on 09/22/2010 8:22:57 PM PDT by tallyhoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: IM2MAD

This has good things but shows cowardice and fear. It should support a constitutional amendment to stop this illegal baby is now a citizen BS and the require a balanced budget. It should stand apposed to nation building and to increase nuclear weapons stockpile so if Iran or NKP or CHINA!! nuke us we burn them to cinders. Where are the leaders? The good news is tea party is now THE PARTY!!!


149 posted on 09/22/2010 8:31:39 PM PDT by Benchim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 128 | View Replies]

To: GOPinCa

It’s amazing what happens when you start firing non-performers.


150 posted on 09/22/2010 8:33:35 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-150151-200201-205 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson