We really don’t. The previous one was OK I guess, but as a conservative, I figured the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the following Amendments make a pretty good contract. Heck, the congress-critters even swear an oath to support and defend it.
Derek Hunter over at Big Government does not really think it’s a good idea either, but has a different perspective.
A large group of Republican nominees this year are as much about anti-Washington sentiment as they are anti-Democrat. Washington insiders drafting a campaign platform in an attempt to obtain relevance in races where they are not involved or needed can only cause problems for candidates running well.
The oath. The only thing even mentioned is the Constitution.
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.
If they swear an oath to supporting and defending the Constitution, and elect to ignore what I believe to be the most important sections including Article 1, Section 8 and the 10th Amendment, what good will a new “Contract with America” – certainly to be re-branded – be, especially if the Republicans don’t even have to sign the document?
Prediction: Does anyone remember the name of that contract or manifesto that was launched earlier this year at Monticello in Virginia (I think)? I’m serious …
It was/is called the Mount Vernon Statement (I had to hunt for it online), and gosh knows Mark Levin is one of my heroes, but the concept really never went to far. (It was Mount Vernon, not Monticello…) What about the Contract For America? What about the many “TEA Party Manifestos” I’ve seen out there?
I’m not saying these documents are worthless, I’m just noting they seem to come and go.
This founding document – the Constitution of the United States – covers every imaginable scenario specifically because it leaves most governing powers to the states and the people. It does not come and go. It is not a living document.
Sept. 17 was Constitution Day. We must encourage a resurgence of understanding about this wonderful document … not just individual sentences, rather the document as a whole and as it was presented to us. Don’t be afraid of it … it’s totally awesome and the answers are within.