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Read: The GOP's Election Year 'Pledge to America'


The Republican Party unveiled its Pledge to America, a 21-page document detailing its election year agenda, at a Virginia hardware store today.

The document includes this nugget: "We pledge to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values."

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) summed it up: "The point we make, in this preamble to our pledge, is that we are not going to be any different than what we've been."

Watch Boehner, and read a draft of the document, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Pledge to America:

GOP Pledge to America

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  1. Oh good Lord. Exactly: wake up people! THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE ANY DIFFERENT THAN THEY'VE EVER BEEN!!!

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Sep 23, 2010 2:15:08 PM

  2. "we are not going to be any different than what we've been."

    The Democrats should use that line in every one of their campaign ads.

    Posted by: Hank | Sep 23, 2010 2:23:19 PM

  3. Gross

    Posted by: Tranquilo | Sep 23, 2010 2:27:20 PM

  4. Promising not to change/evolve will, unfortunately, appeal to a lot of people. Change scares many people, and lots of voters would have no problem returning to the 1950s. Sad.

    Posted by: Paul R | Sep 23, 2010 2:29:23 PM

  5. My Democratic Party congressman loves open borders and my Republican Party opponent wants to keep me a second class citizen. I am screwed. lol

    Posted by: Matt Munson | Sep 23, 2010 2:29:32 PM

  6. We can't say we haven't been warned. And they'll do all of it. And Dems will stand by and let them do it, and shed tears on the Senate floor.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Sep 23, 2010 2:37:32 PM

  7. Blah. Blah. Blah.

    Key words here: "We're not going to be any different than what we've been."

    Talk about handing the Democrats a campaign slogan on a silver platter! (Although I'm sure the Democrats will blow this opportunity like they have all the others in the past two years.)

    (BTW, what's up with the "no-tie" look these republicons are showing? What? They just finished bowling night and decided to announce their new Four-Year Plan before they all went out for a couple of brewskis?)

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 23, 2010 2:37:32 PM

  8. "We pledge to honor...[the] faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values."

    This comes a little too close to skirting the First Amendment, if you ask me.

    Posted by: latebrosus | Sep 23, 2010 2:44:49 PM

  9. They just had to get one final kick in the gut to every gay person in America. Thanks LCR!

    Posted by: pietro | Sep 23, 2010 2:46:39 PM

  10. GOProud'ers were jacking off while this was on TV.

    Posted by: ronnykmarshall | Sep 23, 2010 2:46:45 PM

  11. Contract with American 2.0

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 23, 2010 2:46:47 PM

  12. (Yes, jamal49, the no-tie thing is pretty spooky. Obviously they couldn't be courting the unions. Must be they want to cleverly differentiate themselves from Wall Street as you imply.) The whole "Pledge to America" (they should call it "Arbeit macht Frei") is examined substantively from a number of angles on Ezra Klein's WaPo blog at

    Posted by: Russell | Sep 23, 2010 2:49:53 PM

  13. "The point we make, in this preamble to our pledge, is that we are not going to be any different than what we've been." - meaning that Boehner will still spend the same amount of time and taxpayers' money (since we pay for his salary) visiting tanning salon to get that perfect summer tanned skin all year long rather than working and finding real solutions to help the economy and actually getting things done. Seriously, judging by his lack of knowledge (or maybe he simply doesn't care) about the issues at hand, i get the sense that he goes to office and spend all day googling himself - and then appear on TV to spew lies and bullsh*t like this and hope that people are stupid enough to buy that sh*t.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Sep 23, 2010 2:57:07 PM

  14. Dust off ur voting fingers and though dems r not great, they do far more for us than repubs ever have

    Vote all repubs out of office Nov 2nd

    Posted by: | Sep 23, 2010 3:03:00 PM

  15. If the Republican's gain control of congress I will take every dime of my money out of the market. I am an average American. If I think this way there are millions of people like me. Another recession bigger and deeper than ever before.

    Posted by: Bonnie | Sep 23, 2010 3:03:11 PM

  16. The introduction is all about the culture war. The stuff about the courts and traditional values and the will of the people is all about us, and not in a good way.

    Boy, I'm sure glad Meagan McCain has turned that party around...

    Posted by: BobN | Sep 23, 2010 3:47:48 PM

  17. @pietro: You should thank LCR, they won the lawsuit that could end DADT, except for the fact that the Democratic President, aka fierce advocate, is going to appeal to keep the policy in place.

    Posted by: ken | Sep 23, 2010 4:00:18 PM

  18. Do you see the ridiculous stagecraft of not wearing ties or jackets? The "we're regular people like you, really"?


    Posted by: countervail | Sep 23, 2010 4:06:22 PM

  19. ken and LCR should be strung up by their balls and set on fire for giving awards to 2 anti-gay repubs

    a broken clock is right 2 times a day and a blind chicken can get at least 2 seeds eventually

    Lcr = broken clock /blind chicken. What they have supported and done far outweighs their 1 lucky shot

    Posted by: | Sep 23, 2010 4:08:09 PM

  20. Same old garbage from the Republican party, just on a different day!

    Posted by: Brains | Sep 23, 2010 4:29:33 PM

  21. "Agent Orange" makes his "Lemon Pledge" to America at a hardware store! And the best part? It was written BY a lobbiest! Thank you to the Goddess of Talk, Ms. Randi Rhodes.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 23, 2010 4:35:46 PM

  22. What say you, Log Cabin Republicans? Seriously, I'd love to hear from a member or two of the LCR, if they have any spine to defend this.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Sep 23, 2010 4:39:48 PM

  23. Sounds like a ..........Lemon Pledge!

    Posted by: Brains | Sep 23, 2010 4:56:30 PM

  24. The clothing isn't even the craziest part. That would be the fact that they announced this in a HARDWARE STORE. They're politicians announcing a major (stupid) initiative, for chrissakes, not consumers looking to buy a box of nails.

    But as I've already complained about, Obama does the same thing---always saying "folks" (just like W did) even though it sounds absurd.

    Posted by: Paul R | Sep 23, 2010 5:43:53 PM

  25. I want to punch him in his orange face.

    Posted by: Brian | Sep 23, 2010 6:04:41 PM

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