Sine Timore's Pledge To America -- Absolutely No Barney Songs In This Blog
So, it's been a few days since the GOP's Pledge To America (c, R, and TM, patents pending) has been released. I wasn't going to comment on it then, and I'm not going to comment on it now. Why? During the Clinton Years, I remember the Contract With America, which struck me as fascist and stupid (hey, look who's acting like he might run for Prez! Newt Gingrich! Damn, I miss kicking him around. The cover of Spy magazine that goofed on him and Janet Jackson just about made me shit myself). Not helping was that so many of the politicians who espoused the responsibility and ethics of the Contract violated them constantly, either in their private lives or the bills they voted for. I'd sooner trust Lindsay Lohan to be a security guard at Pabst than trust a party looking for an opportunity for political dominance to represent my best interests.
What's interesting is, in the days since, there's been nary a ripple about it. Some commentators read it and commented on it (I haven't read it, I simply don't want to. AND I READ SOFTWARE LICENSES, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE!). But the general public has reacted with a shrug, and there's barely a mention of it anymore. This flag to rally under has almost no one.
The dichotomy of the two party system is that, if you don't like one party, you must automatically support the other. That's how it's worked for most of history. And now, people that don't like the D's are suddenly unwilling to trust the R's like they have in the past. I don't like Pink Floyd, but one of the lyrics Roger Waters wrote that sticks in my head is, "You have to be trusted by the people that you lie to, so that, when they turn their backs on you, you'll get the chance to put the knife in." I think this illustrates the flaw in the R's plan.