POST-GAZETTE - Res Publica

America is More than a Country.

by David Trumbull -- October 22, 2010

“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.” Those words are from the Republican Pledge to America that GOP candidates for congress are signing on to .

Here are some of the specifics that Republican congression candidates are pledging:

  • 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 believe that many Americans—Republicans, independents, and even a significant minority of Democrats—fed up with the Washington elite who are out-of-touch with, and indifferent to, the struggles of ordinary working men and women, will read this pledge and say “now that’s my cup of tea!”

[David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End.]