AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was among House Republican leaders unveiling their 2010 campaign strategy, the “Pledge to America” at a lumberyard in Virginia.
She’s the easiest to distinguish person in the photo above, considering she’s the only woman. Also in the photo, left to right, are Eric Cantor, John Boehner (holding pledge) Kevin McCarthy, Mike Pence and Jason Chaffetz.
She’s getting a fair amount of exposure from the Pledge, including a long segment on CNBC last night.
Reminiscent of the 1994 Contract with America, which helped Republicans take control of the House after 40 years, the Pledge contains a series of campaign positions, from repealing health care reform to limiting the federal government. The foreward can be found inside the blog.
The Contract was 10 succinct points and small enough that candidates could carry it around in their jacket pockets, pulling pull it whenever necessary to recite to crowds (and they did, repeatedly). The Pledge is a 45-page report, complete with color photos of the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, average folks and Republican members of Congress in action. (McMorris Rodgers appears on page 26). It’s downloadable in PDF form, but it may not be memorizable.
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
America is an inspiration to those who yearn to be free and
have the ability and the dignity to determine their own destiny.
the agenda of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of
the people to institute a new governing agenda and set a different
These first principles were proclaimed in the Declaration of
Independence, enshrined in the Constitution, and have endured through hard
sacrifice and commitment by generations of Americans.
In a self-governing
society, the only bulwark against the power of the state is the consent of the
governed, and regarding the policies of the current government, the governed do
An unchecked executive, a compliant legislature, and an
overreaching judiciary have combined to thwart the will of the people and
overturn their votes and their values, striking down longstanding laws and
institutions and scorning the deepest beliefs of the American people.
arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions,
issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of
Rising joblessness, crushing debt, and a polarizing political
environment are fraying the bonds among our people and blurring our sense of
Like free peoples of the past, our citizens refuse to
accommodate a government that believes it can replace the will of the people
with its own. The American people are speaking out, demanding that we realign
our country’s compass with its founding principles and apply those principles to
solve our common problems for the common good.
The need for urgent action
to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be
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
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
We pledge to advance policies that promote greater liberty, wider
opportunity, a robust defense, and national economic prosperity.
pledge to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and
faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values.
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
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.