PLEDGING TO BE FRUGAL
low, the group’s chief counsel and policy director. “The phrase ‘under God’ is not a throw-away line, an afterthought.”
The letter — available online at www.aclj.org — calls on the network to “put a policy in place to protect the Pledge of Allegiance in its entirety. Include ‘under God’ in future broadcasts of our nation’s Pledge.” The Media Research Center, meanwhile, is drafting letters to the nation’s religious leaders, ultimately demanding that NBC fire those behind the “brazenly deliberate” recasting of the patriotic wording. Clever advocacy groups once tracked which lawmakers pledged to actually read lengthy health care reform legislation before voting on it. Something similar is afoot. On June 22, 42 organizations — including FreedomWorks, Let Freedom Ring, Club for Growth, the National Taxpayers Union, Independent Women’s Forum, Concerned Women of America and Tea Party Express — unveiled another practical idea for Congress to consider.
The “Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge” requires lawmakers to oppose any debt limit increase unless Congress passes enough spending cuts to reduce the deficit. They must enforce spending caps and favor passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment, but only if it includes both a spending limitation and a super-majority for raising taxes.
The pledge has some Republican firepower. On hand in the Cannon House Office Building for its introduction: Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois. Track who signs the declaration at www.cutcapbalancepledge.com. have signed it.
Essentially, the pledge ensures that if they’re elected, candidates will nominate pro-life appointees at key federal agencies, end taxpayer supported abortion, advance a “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” and nominate Supreme Court and federal judges not apt to legislate “from the bench.” The pledge can be seen at www.sba-list.org
Mr. Romney explains that the “well-meaning pledge is overly broad and would have unintended consequences,”and could “unduly burden a president’s ability to appoint the most qualified individuals to a broad array of key positions in the federal government.” But he also insists he’ll “cultivate, promote, and support” a prolife culture.
“Our pledge calls for active leadership, not just checking the box. Five candidates took the pledge, and the pro-life grass roots know where they stand,” says Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the organization. “Gov. Romney refused to take the pledge and his explanation raises more questions than answers. In good conscience, we cannot let this rest.”