UPDATE – A Politician’s Pledge

Posted By on July 14, 2010

In February I posted the original “A Politician’s Pledge,” and until today not a single candidate for a national office has unequivocally, or without evasiveness answered my question. To restate the Pledge here it is from the February post:

How about this, plain, clear and simple? Will any politician make the pledge that all of their votes cast in Washington will be decided upon based on the Constitution? If the new legislation, expenditure, law or whatever has no basis within the Constitution, I will vote “NO”! If the legislation, expenditure, law or whatever brings us towards a return to Constitutional LIMITED government, I will vote “YES”!

Prior to this morning I have had various answers, like:

  • “I’ll have to investigate that and see how it would impact the district.” HUH?!?!
  • “I’ll have to think about that.”

Listen, it is very simple, when a Congressman, or Senator arrives at the Capital to take his/her position he is sworn into office using the following oath:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God. (Emphasis added)

Let me see if I understand this correctly. These office holders swear an oath, and implore God’s help in keeping it. The oath states clearly they “will support and defend the Constitution.” It also states they “will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office…” And just where are these duties listed? In the Constitution, Article I to be exact.

Yet, they have to think about it? They have to look into it? They have to give long evasive answers to a very simple question? “Will you base all of the votes you cast in the Senate or House of Representatives on the listed powers granted to Congress and the Federal Government within the Constitution?” Hey, folks, it’s a simple “Yes” or “No” question.

I don’t need to hear what your supposed record is, or was. I don’t need to hear how conservative you are. I not asking you to explain to me why a particular government program is “okay” based on past legislation. I don’t need to hear that you will look into it. Pardon the language,but… Hell! if you haven’t already thought about this before you announced your candidacy, then what the hell are you running for elected office for. (I know the English of that sentence was BAD, and I shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition.) BUT, “what the hell are you thinking!!!”

Don’t stand there in a debate and tell me that Social Security needs to be maintained, AND that you are a supporter of the Constitution. WRONG! Social Security is an un-Constitutional entitlement which needs to be phased out. Don’t tell me you are in favor of the Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, Health & Human Services, NASA, the list could go on and on and on and on, AND then have the gall to state you will uphold the Constitution.

Today, for the first time in almost 8 months a candidate for US Senate in Colorado answered the question, “Yes.” He then went on to explain his answer succinctly and concisely. I didn’t hear about his record, or any justifications.

What a breath of fresh air!

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3 Responses to “UPDATE – A Politician’s Pledge”

  1. CaptElaine says:

    David… What was his NAME!!!!

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