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To Tell the Truth: Political Parties

October 14, 2010

Remember that game show, the one where a panel of celebrities’ attempts to discover which one of the contestants is telling the truth about their occupation or an experience?  With the midterm election less than 30 days away, I believe it was only fitting for a round with We the People as the panel and the two major political parties as the contestants.  Let’s play.

Please join me in welcoming our first contestant, the Republican Party.  Organized in 1856, the Republican Party was a coalition of anti-slavery Whigs and Free Soil Democrats who opposed the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 which “repealed the Missouri Compromise, allowing slavery in the territory north of the 36° 30´ latitude.”  Their first most notable leader was Abraham Lincoln.  Since then they have had 17 Presidents, and controlled Congress for a total of 17 years since 1945. Their latest platform planks call for Defending Our Nation, Supporting our Heroes, Securing the Peace; Reforming Government to Serve the People; Expanding Opportunity to Promote Prosperity; Energy Independence and Security; Environmental Protection; Health Care Reform: Putting Patients First; Education Means a More Competitive America; Protecting Our Families; and Preserving Our Values. Currently they are the Minority with 178 seats in the House and 41 seats in the Senate.

Our second contestant is the Democratic Party.  “The modern Democratic Party was formed in the 1830s from factions of the Democratic-Republican Party, which had largely collapsed by 1824. It was rebuilt by Andrew Jackson of Tennessee in alliance with his top supporter in the North, Martin Van Buren.” They have had 15 Presidents, and controlled Congress for a total of 44 years since 1945. Their latest platform planks call for Renewing the American Dream; Renewing American Leadership; Renewing the American Community; and Renewing American Democracy.  Currently they are the Majority with 255 seats in the House and 57 seats, along with 2 Independents who caucus with them, in the Senate.

Recently the Republican’s presented their “Pledge to America”. In the opening they state,

“America is more than a country. America is an idea – an idea that free people can govern themselves, that government’s powers are derived from the consent of the governed, that each of us is endowed by their Creator with the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. America is the belief that any man or woman can – given economic, political, and religious liberty – advance themselves, their families, and the common good…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…. 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.”

And that’s just the opening.  I find it disturbing, in the least, to have statements like these characterized by Democrats as, “The pledge to America unveiled by House Republicans today could only be described as more of the same failed ideas that they’ve been pushing for years” or “White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said that, ‘instead of charting a new course, Congressional Republicans doubled down on the same ideas that hurt America’s middle class.’”

I must admit, I hope someone is charting a new course out of the iceberg field that Bush piloted us into, with Obama pushing the throttle to full steam ahead as Pelosi and Reid play on.

Cal Thomas stated, “All public policy is founded on an underlying philosophy about humanity and the world. Some call it a “worldview,” but whatever it is called, everything government does (or does not do) derives from a philosophical foundation on which it is constructed.”  From what I can see, pledging to honor the Constitution, liberty, economic opportunity, families, traditional marriage, transparency, etc, is a pretty descent foundation upon which to construct public policy.

And what of the Democrats, upon what foundation are they building?  I think Victor David Hanson summarizes the unvarnished truth quite well in asking, “…why cannot liberal defenders of Obama simply say, ‘Government, much more wisely than a selfish private sector, can ensure a vibrant economy. When people are assured of comprehensive government entitlements they use that security as a base for renewed work and investment. Deficits create consumer demands, spread money around to those who need it most, and spur economic prosperity. And when business provides society with over half its profits in income, payroll, and assorted state and local taxes, the resulting redistributive change and spread-the-wealth equality ensure aggregate economic growth’?”

Yes, Democrats.  Why are you running from your massive ObamaCare legislation that Pelosi assured us we would grow to love?  Why are you distancing yourself from the O-mighty one that was going to lead us into a transformative age of hope and change?  Why is it that whenever your true nature and plans are exposed to the American people, the ranks of the Tea Party swell?

After 22 months of the Obama Presidency and four years of Democratic control of Congress, Bernanke warned that the U.S. must address this “’unsustainable’ level of debt.”, and that was back in June.

So I have to ask, do we actually believe the Party in control, who increased our deficit by over 300%, continues to accumulate debt at a breakneck speed, and increased Government spending to levels not seen since World War II, deserves to remain in power?


On November 2nd, it really will be our time to decide who’s telling the truth.

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