Today the Contract ON America 2010 will be released under the name of Pledge to America. The original Contract came out in 1994 and was orchestrated by Newt Gingrich. One thing caught my eye in the advance that came out on Wed. Sept. 22:
“They agreed to include the abortion provision and a vaguely worded statement on social issues: “We pledge to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values.”
What does this all mean? Is this a first amendment issue rearing its head? Those words are vague and unspecific, and on a topic I always think needs watching…closely. What if my American values differ with the GOP American values?
Bad, bad deja vu. Wait! It isn’t deja vu if it has happened before, now is it?
Updates as the entire Pledge is released. The spin has become and there will be lots of photo ops on Thursday.
According to the Washington Post 9/23/10 :
Highlights of the plan include:
• Requiring all bills to be posted online three days before votes and requiring legislation to cite the constitutional authority for the new law;
• Holding the trials of detainees from Guantanomo Bay, Cuba, outside the United States.
• Reducing federal spending to fiscal 2008 levels, except for national security.
Draft of the Pledge to America available for download.
A good synopsis and analysis–Washington Post: The GOP’s ‘Pledge to America’: A closer look at the details