When the Republicans made their big announcement in Washington on Wednesday, unveiling their “Pledge To America,” most who aren’t completely blinded by idealism saw that nothing was all that different about the “Pledge” from the way Republicans have done business for decades. Where were the new ideas? Where were the blueprints for building a more stable economy? Where were the new plans to ensure accountability and representative responsibility? Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” couldn’t find them but certainly found plenty that sounded much like the talk heard for years, the same talk by the same Republican leaders that controlled Congress for 14 years, beginning with the last Republican representative surge in 1994. In fact, Jon Stewart found so many nearly verbatim quotes from the “Pledge To America” and the “Contract With America” that if one put music to it, it would sound like The Who’s anthemic “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
As Jon Stewart pointed out, Republicans began running for the mid-term elections as soon as Barack Obama was elected president. Taking a page from his campaign playbook, Republicans launched townhall meetings, rallies, and even a website to gather new ideas with which to combat the Obama-led “socialist” menace that many conservatives foresaw as taking over the government of the United States. They were looking for fresh ideas, for unique plans, for change. According to John Boehner (R-OH), they were ready to become the “party of new ideas.” The idea of change had worked for Obama and perhaps, they surmised, it would work for Republicans as well.
But the most salient idea for workable change that Republicans were able to pushed amounted to change from Obama or an Obama-led or -controlled government and political agenda. They wanted change from the newly elected president — or change they could believe in.
Two years later, a still sluggish economy, a populace showing increasing dissatisfaction with the way things were being handled in Washington, and the Republicans, on the eve of the mid-term elections, delivered their recipe for change: the “Pledge To America,” which, for all intents and purposes, echoed the 1994 “Contract With America.” There was little difference. And House Minority leader John Boehner (R-OH) described the “Pledge” best himself when he said, “And 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.”
The gathered Republicans then repeated the same talking points and platitudes that the GOP has mouthed for years. Simply put: their idea for change was to return to no change, except from the change from a Democratically led Congress to a Republican led Congress.
Change for no change.
Old boss… meet the new…
Most surveys and polls are showing Republicans and Tea Party conservatives leading in the hundreds of political campaigns going on throughout the United States. And even though many still blame the Republicans for the economic downturn that the U. S. and the world has faced for the past two-to-three years, many are leaning toward voting for Republicans on Election Day.
Now, how does that The Who song go again? Won’t get fooled… again…?
Jon Stewart reveals on “The Daily Show” in video clip after video clip that the Republicans’ “Pledge To America” is nothing fresh, unique, or new.
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