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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Pledge of Allegiance and the No Labels Balanced Approach

Among the frustrating metaphors already in the e-media, this blog will add little to the commentary of the justifiably angry electorate among those appalled by obstructionist "debt" behaviors in Washington DC this summer.

Yes, the heat in Washington DC has melted brain neurons among T-Party RWE-RWEs (right wing extremists).  Political leaders who swear an oath to uphold the US Constitution seem to drag this founding document out when it suits them to do so. Otherwise, when they aren't showcasing the Constitution, they act like children on a political playground.

It's the duty of elected political leaders to solve problems.  Our Constitution was founded on the principle of compromise and so it goes (Thanks Kurt Vonneguart!)

Among thousands of twitter blogs, the one I re-tweet most often comes from No Labels.  This non-partisan non-profit claims the motto:  Not Left, Not Right, But Forward.

A No Labels 140 character message carries some semblance of hope, while most of the others usually re-state frustration.  Many No Labels "tweets" announce call in conferences with individual polarized on both sides of this debate, the very people who should be talking compromise.

Most notably, a recent No Labels call included an invitation to the No Tax Pledge self appointed aficionado Grover Norquist. This man has nothing but money and time on his hands.  He's the guy who gets right wing extremists worked up about NOT paying for the national debt while he lives off of millions of dollars (no worries about his government check in the mail) and the Congress people he recruits earn big government salaries.

Thank You No Labels.  This man must be held accountable for insisting on giving political leaders a "no tax" pledge. In other words, if they vote for any kind of revenue increase, he gives their names and faces a big black X, meaning they loose their jobs.

A No Labels organized message, instead, insists on supporting a balanced approach to supporting our nation's debt healing debate. It's certainly reassuring to read from at least one source of "tweets" where No Labels solutions are offered, instead of reframing heated rhetoric.

Check out their the website at says it all "No Pledge But the Pledge of Allegiance"! 

My metaphor of the day is this. A Norquist No Tax Pledge is like asking a drunk to go to confession while he has a hangover.  When the headache is gone, what was the point?

Taking a No Tax Pledge just to win an election, because Norquist says you must, is plain manipulation and brain washing. Even RWE-RWEs must know they cannot gain political traction on a pledge taken outside of the one where they raise their right hand on a Bible.



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