I've reviewed the R pledge and find it refreshing and far beyond anything presented in the past and well advanced above anything the D's have produced. It's certainly a refreshing step in the right direction, but will it be a REVIVING step? The answer will be determined by who'll be the R party 'bus drivers'; if one of them is going to be Newt Gingrich, then I'm not getting on the bus - I'll find a seat on a conservative bus with a genuinely qualified driver. Why? Do I need to mention more of a reason than the first 'Contract with America' that Newt initiated in 1994? As Dr. Phil would say, how'd that work for ya?
We the People require more detail in such a pledge if we're expected to buy it and get behind it. Tell us exactly what you're going to do if you gain the presidency and control of congress. We want specific commitments, not pledges. We want to hear "We will....", not "We pledge....". Oh, and I found no mention of God or Creator or Divine Providence. I resent such a supercilious pledge that fails to mention He who we owe our greatest allegiance! We CANNOT continue to ignore our Maker.
I have not seen the forming of a Third Party as the best solution, but after seeing the wordy fluff in the R pledge, I think we're in for more of the same. I don't mean that I don't think the R's would do better than before - I just mean once again it won't be enough to address our nation's present crisis any more than they addressed the crisis we faced during their last majority.
I believe the best path for Tea Party groups and similar groups is to unite on a set of principles, a set of demands that shall not be compromised. The principled set of demands should declare INDEPENDENCE from the D and R parties, and should emphatically state a list of grievances expected for specific rectification. The expectation would be that if the Democratic and Republican parties desire the support of Tea Parties and similar groups, they must present candidates that have an emphatically stated platform that aligns with the declared set of principles and that serves up a detailed plan for addressing all stated grievances.
Then I say, if this unified stance does not motivate a pool of legitimately qualified candidates from the D and R parties, then the next and only logical step is the desperate step toward building a Third Party out of the Tea Party Movement and based on the list of grievances and unified declaration. For all of you die hard R's that are worried - don't worry, be happy that for now, I remain a registered R myself, and plan to vote for R's in November, but be assured, I and a whole lot of other people are just about out of patience. So, get in, get it fixed, or prepare to get out Quickly!
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