You’re Damn Right I’ll Take The GOP Pledge
NRO signs on to the new GOP "Pledge To America."
We’ll Take the Pledge
The inevitable question will be: Is the pledge as bold as the Contract?
The answer is: The pledge is bolder. The Contract with America merely promised to hold votes on popular bills that had been bottled up during decades of Democratic control of the House. The pledge commits Republicans to working toward a broad conservative agenda that, if implemented, would make the federal government significantly smaller, Congress more accountable, and America more prosperous.
Via the Weekly Standard.
Jay Cost argues in this week's issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the "real worth" of the Republicans' 1994 Contract with America "was in governing, not electioneering." The same could be said of the House Republicans new governing agenda, a copy of which is now making the rounds.
I've reviewed the pledge in more depth and consulted with some conservatives I trust, though I had already made up my own mind. I support it unequivocally and without condition, as I know what war I'm fighting, along with the importance to America of our winning it in November. Donald Rumsfeld, someone who knows something about leadership, said:
"As you know, you go to war with the Army you have. They're not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time."
That's not to say it isn't a solid document. Frankly, I believe it is just that. But it's far more than that, as well.
It is, in essence, the standard we've been issued to get behind and march on toward November, when America faces one of, if not the, most important election of our times. If there's some other side worthy of fighting on, I haven't seen it. And I'm not the least bit interested in entertaining it, even if I did. So, I'm going to defend this pledge against the Democrats and an often complicit media and any one else if I have to. Because I know what side I'm on and how desperately America needs our side to prevail.
Might there be other battles or complaints come January? I assume there will be. But now is not the time for wasting energy, or misdirecting our efforts on them. The candidates have been selected. The political battles lines have been drawn between Left and Right, Democrat and Republican. I know which side I'm on, along with the importance of this document in terms of shaping the battle space in front of us and as we move through.
I don't intend to hand-wring and I certainly don't intend to take prisoners. What anyone else does is up to them. But I'd encourage everyone to contemplate the consequences of the pending election, even more so than they might any document at hand. That's what we should be fighting over now until November, that and nothing else. And we need to be fighting our clear political opposition, the Democrats, not among ourselves. Now isn't the time for nonsense. Now's the time to win.