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The Bloggers Take on the Republican Pledge to America

Erick Erickson’s Redstate is making the big headlines on the freshly released Pledge to America. Erickson is one of the most influential bloggers in America today, hands down. So, when he is not in lockstep with Republicans on an issue or a candidate, people listen. Especially the left. Admittedly, he is mostly ignored when he agrees with Republicans.

So, when I read Erickson’s post about the Pledge to America yesterday Perhaps the Most Ridiculous Thing to Come Out of Washington Since George McClellan
I was pretty certain that the left wing media would drool approvingly of the piece, and I was not disappointed.

From blue blogs to blue media, Erickson’s words were parsed and aired. Dissent and a lack of unity among Republicans is something that makes the lefty hearts go pitter-patter.

The Left Wing blog DailyKos bubbled over with enthusiasm, even equating Erickson to DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas here:

Tonight, CNN contributor Erick Erickson of RedState, The Republican’s answer to the Daily Kos and its founder Markos Moulitsas just tore apart and ripped into shreds the House GOP’s new plan to be unveiled tomorrow… “Pledge To America.” This is the GOP’s pathetic attempt to recapture  Newt Gingrich’s 1994 “Contract With America” which failed miserably and has been aptly renamed “Contract On America.”

Ouch! I would prefer being called a bearded Marxist than a Markos clone, but I wouldn’t mind some of the George Soros money that Marcos receives to publish his mindless left wing tirades. And for a left wing publication like DailyKos to hold Erick Erickson in such high regard, frankly, terrifies the hell out of me.

Erickson has never been anyone’s pet, but has he reached a point where some of his posts are written more with an eye to television bookings than his true opinions? His rise to the top of the Conservative pundit guest list is something well deserved, but has his success started to influence his opinions? He would be a far less interesting guest on CNN if he echoed the Republican Party line on everything.

Just asking.

My reading of the Pledge found something more positive than negative. More substance than fluff. There is an undeniable Tea Party influence, and a realization that Americans are not going to go gently into that good night shpuld Republicans win in November. This is a long term investment.

The pledge is broken down into 6 areas. The first and most glaring thing I found wrong with is is they misspelled AMERICA in the Table of Contents. It is spelled AMERCA.

If you are going to make a pledge to America, AT LEAST SPELL AMERICA RIGHT!

Here is a link to the Final Document – take a look at the TOC on page 11. It reads:

(And I can’t believe this has gone unnoticed – so far.)
But, aside from the mistake in spelling, the only other impression the document left me with was why do we even have to write this down! It is all good, common sense stuff. Perhaps more could have gone into it, but one gets the feeling that the Republicans may not have been able to agree on things left out until December. So, I believe the we have the best document possible at this time.
I will not bother to break it down section by section as the entire document is easy to read and understand. I urge you to turn off your spell checker and read it for yourself.
And we will refer back to this document in two years and boot anyone that breaks the pledge. That’s something we didn’t have before.
But other right wing bloggers also agree that the document is pretty good. A couple of the top right wing blogs are Riehl World View by Dan Riehl and Liberty Pundits by Melissa Clouthier, both outstanding works that you should already be reading daily.
I had the pleasure of hanging around with both at the recent BlogCon event in D.C. (and Erick Erickson, too). Both are interesting speakers and even more insightful writers. And both had favorable opinions on the Pledge.
Dan Riehl’s post GOP Pledge: My Strong Disagreement With Redstate Dan writes sets the tone of the post at the beginning:
People have no idea how hard I’m struggling against the impulse to have some real fun and just wail away on this disappointing rant from Erick Erickson, so unfortunately at the top of Memeorandum just now, where the Left wants it. But these are important times, so I’ll try to be a bit more responsible than, in my opinion, Redstate was.

I admit to having no more than a casual acquaintance with Dan, but he is a man that tells it like it is. That much I know. And this is very restrained for Dan and I would guess the result of at least 10 edits. And it was my thought when reading Erickson’s post.

Dan adds:

America is going to hell in a hand-basket post-haste. This is no time to go chasing Constitutional Amendments that would take a decade, or more, to pass. Had the pledge contained such gimmicks, I’d have judged it un-serious pap, designed only to appeal to the base for November, while offering no prudent, practical way forward. Frankly, I’m thrilled that the House didn’t pursue that course. Had they done so, I’d be dismissing it as nonsense, as opposed to strongly endorsing it as a serious effort by serious people to at least begin accomplishing good things in perilous times.

And don’t even get me started on earmarks, as I’ve seen some others mention. Good grief, when are we going to stop chasing red-herrings that amount to a neglible portion of the budget so John McCain can continue to portray himself as a fiscal conservative? The argument tends to be about tone setting. Tone setting? I thought the Right valued substance over style, not tone setting. Let’s leave the silly contrivances to the Left, shall we?

Read the whole post at Riehl World View.

And Melissa Clouthier posted an item by item look at the document at Liberty Pundits and did a great job summing up the document when she wrote:

Side note: I love the tone of this document. I’ve been pressing these guys to apologize to the American people for breaking trust and naming their sins and offering recompense. “We will require that every bill contain a citation of Constitutional authority.” They will give legislators time to read bills. They will work to restore trust in the institution and process. Good.

Also, they emphasize national security–Gitmo, Iran, etc. (page 5)

I will say, that after writing something like this, the Republicans better damn well follow through.

So, not all on the right found the Pledge to America to be milquetoast as Erick Erickson did. I would say most find it a step in the right direction. On upon which we can (and will) build.

This is only the beginning to returning America (or Amerca for the Republicans) to prosperity and putting Washington back on the road to be the shining city on a hill we would all like to see.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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