Red Eye: Have You Taken the Pledge?

This week, the Republican party released A Pledge to America: a 45 page document renewing its committment to return to Constitutional principles and fiscal conservatism.

As one might expect, some people are skeptical.

“Red Eye” host, Greg Gutfeld, made The Pledge the top story on the most recent episode of the popular FOX News show, along with a new ad from Citizens for the Republic, embedded below

Said Gutfeld of the video

I want to kill myself. I want to slit my neck, then my wrists.

He has a point. It’s not exactly an Up With People kind of ad. Then again, it isn’t meant to be.

Bill Schulz expounded

There’s nothing more devastating than a sad WASP.

Here’s the problem. They’re pledging to America and, according to that ad, America is dead.

I’m going to work backwards for a moment here and tackle something TV’s Andy Levy said during the Halftime Report about the pledge.

There are 8 pages of [pictures of] white people in the pledge. Horrible optics.

Which promptly made me go back and change the quote I’ve attributed to Schulz, capitalizing the word “WASP.” Because it’s true of the ad, too. Aside from one man who may possibly have been Latino, this is all about white people, according to the cameramen. (Correction: on page 20 of the Pledge PDF, there is a small picture of an Asian woman in a red dress. Racist card: revoked!)

Tada! What racism? ASIAN WOMAN

Plus, other than Caucasian soldier. Eh.. EH. Public image: restored!

Oh, and that one Picture of Boehner is kind of orange-ish.

Why am I making such a big deal out of skin color? Think about it. How many of you (of us) have spent the last two years repeating things like “Not racist. Not Violent. Just no longer silent!” How many of you have ended your tweets with “Also, racism?” Or invoked the “#H8” hash tag?

Yeah. All of you.

See, I’m reading this pledge – which is almost completely devoid of social conservatism – as an attempt to unify conservatives behind the GOP establishment. And by conservatives, I mean the Tea Party. You know. That group of predominately white people we’re constantly defending as much more diverse than they give us credit fo… oops.

What? We can’t even throw in a picture of Michael Steele for good measure? Or even a snappy inset photo of Dr. Alveda King? Oh, excuse me. I mean niece-of-famed-civil-rights-leader-Martin-Luther-King-Jr. Dr. Alveda King.

While I appreciate GOP congresspersons aren’t bowing to the rhetoric of the Left, when the most productive tool they have to use against us is the race card, it’s really, really stupid to put only white people in all your political propaganda.

Janeane Garofalo is going to have a field day with this! Fortunately, she’ll have it on MSNBC, so nobody will notice.

As an aside, my favorite pictorial representation of The Pledge is on page 11: three white people and a whole bunch of meat. It just makes me all warm inside.

In contrast to the “Mourning in America” ad, The Pledge is much more uplifting. It’s about what the GOP will do to restore sensibility and proper scope to the federal government. At least, if the preamble can be believed. I fully admit I have yet to wade through it all.

With this document, we pledge to dedicate ourselves to the task of reconnecting our highest aspirations to the permanent truths of our founding by keeping faith with the values our nation was founded on, the principles we stand for, and the priorities of our people. This is our Pledge to America.

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.

We pledge to uphold the purpose and promise of a better America, knowing that to whom much is given, much is expected and that the blessings of our liberty buoy the hopes of mankind.

We make this pledge bearing true faith and allegiance to the people we represent, and we invite fellow citizens and patriots to join us in forming a new governing agenda for America.

I like the fact that the GOP are listening. True, in the current political climate, right-wing grassroots activism can hardly be ignored. But it does mean something that established GOP politicians are listening. At least, on paper.

The fact the GOP is responding to its base proves the ultimate difference between conservatives and progressives. Conservative power is based on a bottom up structure. When you read an Organizing For America email, you realize the exact opposite is true for the Democrat. Oh, sure. They’re elected the same way. But leftist activism is all organized at the top.

That’s what makes me feel hopeful when breezing through this relative monstrosity of a document.

But, I too am skeptical. When I see a party commit to restoring conservative principles and small government spending millions of dollars creating a 45 page Pledge To America, I see something of a contradiction.

Because we already have an American contract. It’s called the Constitution and it’s remarkable brief.

I truly, truly hope the GOP lives up to the principles outlined in its new document. But I’m afraid that document exists primarily to lure in far right voters, as well as independents and swing votes. There’s no coincidence it was released so shortly before November.

The real test comes after November 2, of course. When our newly elected conservative congresscritters stop speechifying and start actually representing us. I’m skeptical, but will undoubtedly vote conservative anyway. What other option do I have? Buy a copy of Das Kapital or start learning Russian?

Let’s say I’m cautiously optimistic.

Red Eye” air date – September 24, 2010. Guests: Carrie Keagan, Pat Caddell and Joe DeRosa. Cast: Host – Greg Gutfeld, Sequential Hermaphroditic Sidekick – Bill Schulz and Ombudsman – TV’s Andy Levy

The views in this post are entirely my own (except where I’m quoting.) Neither “Red Eye” nor Fox News endorse or support my “Red Eye” posts. I am not affiliated with the show in any way, other than being an avid fan.

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3 Responses to “Red Eye: Have You Taken the Pledge?”
  1. Joseph Veca says:

    I am sorry, this is ‘Contract With America’ v2.0 and it is the Republican Establishment throwing sop to their conservative base.

  2. Joshua says:

    Good observations on the cynicism. I enjoy reading your observations in pieces like this. You make good points and you do it while getting a laugh.

    I agree with you on the caution. I think open statements about intentions are easy for politicians of any stripe to make. Ultimately though, those intentions need to be backed with tough decisions and that’s where we see a lot of those intentions come crashing down.

    Personally, I’d like to see more than just a “commitment”. I’d like to see a plan laid out with steps to achieve those goals. As you said so well “…we already have an American contract. It’s called the Constitution and it’s remarkable brief.” I would like to see something equally strong, brief and full of statements of action.

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