Sunday, March 21, 2010
The GOP 3 Year Pledge
Posted by: Duane R. Patterson at 10:45 PM
Like you, I watched with disgust and dismay as the Democrats
in the House of Representatives joined hands, jumped off the
cliff, and saddled the next several generations of Americans
with trillions of dollars of new debt, and ensured that unless
defeated in court, or defunded by future Congresses, the American
health care system, the greatest such system in the world,
will never again be as great as it is today.
Like you, I am shaking with anger that the Democratic Party
did not listen to their constituents. In fact, Democratic
leadership was defiant enough this morning, they stuck their
collective thumb in the eye of the protesters gathered at
the Capitol, walking the gauntlet from the Cannon office building
to the House of Representatives as though the Obamacare vote
is some modern day civil rights march. Make no mistake about
it. For the last 15 months, the health care debate has never
been about rights, it has never been about coverage, and it
has never been about reducing cost. Obamacare is solely about
the governments acquisition of power, and to exercise
control over a facet of life in which every American will
have to participate sooner or later.
So where do we go from here? First, I want to recognize and
thank the Democrats who did not vote for this monstrosity.
But in my book, they are still part of the problem. From this
day forward, I will not be convinced that there is such a
thing as a moderate Democrat. Regardless of how they may have
voted today, all of these Democrats voted in their own caucus
to elect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. They voted to make Steny
Hoyer the Majority Leader. They chose to put Louise Deem-N-Pass
Slaughter in as chair of the House Rules Committee. They stood
by Charles Rangel as chair of Ways And Means until ethical
lapses became so glaring, Rangel had to step down. In short,
the reason the vote took place today is because the so-called
moderate Democrats put the leadership in place to make it
There was a lot of damage done to the Republic today, but
that damage can be minimized or undone if the activism of
the American people continues. Therefore,
I pledge that for the next three years, ending on March
20, 2013, I will spend at least part of my day, six days a
week, working to replace Democrats at all levels of state
and federal government with Republicans.
I will support the Republican nominee, regardless of my
preference in the primary, in all of the House, Senate, and
statewide campaigns in 2010. I will also work to elect the
Republican presidential nominee, regardless of my primary
preference, in 2012. I will not make the mistake again of
allowing my apathy lead to a second term of Barack Obama.
I will not be deterred if the Republican Party isnt
unanimous on every issue in the next three years. I understand
there will be disappointments in the months and years ahead,
probably several of them. But those disappointments pale in
comparison to the arrogance and recklessness shown by the
I will contact my county Republican headquarters, and ask
how I can best help this fall. I will stay in touch with them
right through the 2012 presidential campaign. I will walk
precincts, make phone calls, e-mail, use social media, whatever
it takes to remove the Democrats from the halls of power.
I will resist the temptation of the third party movement,
and instead encourage the Tea Party activists and independents
to give the Republicans one more chance at leadership.
I will work to bring a Republican governor and Republican
legislatures in my state. Redistricting will begin next year
after the results of the Census, and Republicans drawing the
new Congressional lines will make regaining power easier.
I will especially take an active interest in state attorney
general races, like John Eastman in California, www.eastmanforag.com,
as it will be up to the state AGs to engage in the legal
battle on which Obamacare will next have to be fought.
I will make an effort to win back the 18-25 year olds who
are now feeling buyers remorse at having voted for hope
and change in 2008. They are disillusioned with what theyve
seen, theyre now open to reason, and I will more actively
engage with this generation to convince them that their home
should be in the Republican Party.
My pledge to the Republican party is a three year pledge
with a firm expiration date. If enough Americans take the
pledge, on March 20, 2013, we will find ourselves with a Republican-controlled
House and Senate, a Republican in the White House, and more
Republicans controlling the state houses. By that time, we
will be able to judge whether the Republicans have learned
from the Democrats mistakes, or merely repeated them.
If the Republicans employ the principles they espouse now
in the minority limited government, reduced government
spending, easing the tax and regulatory burden that is stifling
business and job growth, and a robust foreign policy based
on strength, not weakness, the country will be better off
with them in leadership. But may God have mercy on their souls
if they take the trust the American people have invested in
them for the next three years and become just as corrupt,
power hungry and deaf to the will of the American people as
I urge you to join me in this pledge.