America is more than a country

These are the opening words in the Republican Pledge to America. And right they are. America is a country of ideas, of concepts of liberty. Not of blood and soil; most definitely not of pitting ethnic and racial groups one against another, as liberals now do.

Key points in the Pledge:

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.

As with any political statement, its execution is likely not going to be simple nor quick. Beyond the statement of the pledge, there are some very important specifics. As highlighted by the editors at NRO:

Bill language would have to be available online for 72 hours. All legislation would have to include a citation of its constitutional justification. Spending bills would have to be open to amendment: Programs that cannot get majority support on their own will thus no longer be able to ride along with popular items.

These particular features in a Republican-controlled House are especially important, given the opaque and slimy way that ObamaCare was shoved down our throats (up the other end, actually, but this is for family reading).

The Pledge will naturally be attacked by the Big Government crowd, Democrat and RINO alike. But it is a bold stand by the House Republicans, to paraphrase National Review at its founding, “stand athwart Big Government and yell ‘stop'”

I’ve a strong feeling that next year we will have Republican control of the House. But it will be quite different than in recent times, when Republicans lost their way and became the Mini-Me party when it comes to Big Government.

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