Friday, September 24, 2010

My Promised...Pledge

Pledges and Promises
(by R.P.Edwards)

If pledges were wood
And promises…stone
We’d have a fine house
That we could call…home
So safe and secure
From tempest and cold
A warm, loving haven
To gently grow old
But pledges, alas
We’ve learned are but dust
And promises, many
We never can trust
So say, at the start
That you simply will…try
For ‘tis better…to fail
Then succeed…at the lie

One day ago was a day of perception…past, and a pledge…forward.

First, perception.  President Obama, before the U.N. General Assembly said,  “Let me begin with what we have done…I have no greater focus as president than rescuing our economy from potential catastrophe,”  Hmm. Now, to the simple, such as I, this seems a bit rose-colored in backward gaze for, as we all know, other policies have had a prominent place at the national table (Healthcare reform, Cap n Trade, ending of the Mexico city policy, a push to end “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and a go ahead with embryonic stem cell research).  Indeed, none of these have, or will bring a substantial economic boost (well, perhaps to some, but certainly not to the huddled masses).  He continued: “…the global economy has been pulled back from the brink of a depression and is growing once more…but we cannot and will not rest until these seeds of progress grow into a broader prosperity; not only for all Americans but for peoples around the world.”  Hearing that, methinks Glenn Beck’s “The progressives want a one world government!” refrain is... right on.

Also, yesterday, there were other words articulated that expressed a completely opposite perception of how the economy, and the nation, are doing.  These, however, were not spoken by suit and tie in the grandiose U.N. assembly.  No, they were uttered by a rolled up sleeves contingent in the workaday venue of a Virginia hardware Store.  And, these GOPers were speaking exclusively to…Americans.

Some excerpts from the Pledge:

An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many…

Rising joblessness, crushing debt, and a polarizing political environment are fraying the bonds among our people and blurring our sense of national purpose…

The need for urgent action to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be overstated…

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.

So, my opinion? Well, naturally, I side with the America first, conservative crowd.  But, pledges and promises are airy things; easily spoken; not so easily…done.  Remember, the current majority was elected because of …promises; promises that have, for the most part, failed to materialize. And now…we are offered a pledge; a pledge to reverse and return.  And, since the reality must begin with a word.  I say…let the “pledgers” have their shot.

Here’s a link to “A Pledge to America,” if you are so inclined.
The Pledge


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