Pact With America sign now

During the 1994 Congressional election campaign during the first mid-term election of President Bill Clintons Administration, the Republican party released a revolutionary document that was called The Contract With America (the Contract). The text was, in part, from former President Ronald Reagans 1985 State of the Union Address. The Contract detailed the actions the Republicans promised to take if they became the majority party in the United States House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. The Contract was signed by all but two of the Republican members of the House and all of the Partys non-incumbent Republican Congressional candidates.

The Contract was revolutionary in its commitment to offering specific legislation for a vote, describing in detail the precise plan of the Congressional Representatives. The Contract intentionally avoided promises on controversial and divisive matters like abortion, gay rights, and school prayer. Instead, its provisions represented the view of many conservative Republicans on the issues of shrinking the size of government, promoting lower taxes and greater entrepreneurial activity, and both tort reform and welfare reform.

It can be argued that the Contract did or didnt help Republicans regain the majority in the House for the first time in 40 years, and arguments can be made from both sides of whether or not the contract was even fulfilled. That's not the point of this petition.

After finishing reading Mark Levins Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservatives Manifesto, I started to wonder if we could ever get our politicians to sign something similar, like a Pact with America, making each candidate pledge to the following:

(NOTE: I am mostly paraphrasing Mr. Levins Manifesto below, but am undoubtedly using his book (which I highly recommend) as a source and advancing his ideas, and I want to give proper credit where credit is due)

1. The Constitution

Acknowledge that the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and its strict adherence to the original intent of our founding fathers is paramount.

Eliminate limits on--and rationing of--political free speech through unconstitutional campaign finance laws. Any American citizen or group of American citizens should be free to contribute to candidates as they wish, as long as the source, amount, and recipient of the contributions are made public.

Defeat all efforts to unconstitutionally regulate the content of political speech on broadcast outlets, such as radio and internet (i.e., Fairness Doctrine and Net Neutrality).

2. Taxation.

Eliminate the progressive income tax-replace it with a flat income tax or national sales tax. We need to reduce and simplify the government and its taxation of its working citizens. Its pretty difficult to get much simpler than a flat tax. Lets fund the constitutionally legitimate functions of the federal government, not redistribute wealth. By requiring all residents of the country to pay the tax, they take a stake in limiting its abuse.

Eliminate the automatic withholding of taxes. It hides the extent the federal government is confiscating income from its citizens.

Eliminate the corporate income tax which penalizes wealth and job creation. It is a double taxation on shareholders and consumers.

Eliminate the death tax. It denies citizens the right to transfer property they have earned and created during their lives to whomever they wish (i.e., family).

All federal income tax increases will require a supermajority vote for three-fifths of Congress.

Federal spending will be limited each year to less than 20 percent of the gross domestic product. No more bailouts.

Eliminate the special tax-exempt status granted to environmental groups. They are not nonpartisan charitable foundations. Quit treating them as such.

3. Transparency

Make all legislation available for public review, scrutiny, and debate 72 hours BEFORE debating it on the floor of either the House or Senate.

Eliminate special interests from The Hill.

4. The Administrative State

Review and potentially eliminate all independent federal agencies each year, subject to Congress affirmatively reestablishing them. There are over 60 such agencies.

Require federal departments and agencies to reimburse individuals and enterprises for the costs associated with the devaluation of their private property from the issuance of regulations that compromise the use of their property.

Eliminate unions for federal government employees. The purpose of a civil service system is to promote merit and professionalism over patronage. The purpose of federal unions is to empower themselves.

Annually audit the United States Federal Reserve.

Reduce the civilian federal workforce by at least 20 percent.

5. Entitlements

Privatize Social Security.

Privatize Medicare.

Privatize Medicaid.

Reform health care (i.e., through tort reform and free market competition), and fight all efforts to nationalize the health-care system.

6. Immigration, Foreign Policy and National Security

Secure the nations borders. Eliminate chain migration.

Enforce immigration laws.

Promote assimilation and unity of citizenship, allegiance to American culture, and English as the official language.

Only support foreign policy decisions that preserve and improve American society.

Reject all treaties, entanglements, institutions, and enterprises and any other ill-defined global interests that will supplant Americas best interests and sovereignty (i.e., Kyoto Accord and any international climate change legislation).

Ensure that America remains the worlds superpower.

Ensure that at all times Americas military forces are prepared for war to dissuade attacks, encourage peace, and, if necessary, win any war.

7. Judges

Limit the Supreme Courts judicial-review power. Establish a legislative veto over Court decisions by a two-thirds supermajority vote of both houses of Congress, similar to the congressional override authority of a presidential veto.

Eliminate lifetime tenure for federal judges. The Constitution leaves political and policy decisions to representatives branches, not to the Court. Keep the powers separated.

No judicial nominee should be confirmed who rejects the jurisprudence of originalism (i.e., Constitution should be interpreted according to the intent of the framersthe people that actually composed it and adopted it).

8. Environment.

Eliminate special statutory authority granting environmental groups standing to bring lawsuits on behalf of the public. Eliminate agendas through litigation. Keep politics out of the courtroom.

Fight all efforts to use environmental regulations to set governmental industrial policies and diminish the nations standard of living (i.e., cap-and-trade).

9. Government Education

Eliminate monopoly control of government education by applying the antitrust laws to the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers.

Eliminate tenure for government schoolteachers and college/university professors. Make them accountable for the quality of instruction they provide to our students.

Eliminate curricula that is agenda-based (i.e., multiculturalism, global warming, military education, and religious education). Replace it with core curricula that reinforce actual education (i.e., Math, English, Science, Arts, Physical education, Languages, Social Studies, Home Economics, Computing studies, Public Speaking, Vocational Education, and Study skills).

Eliminate the federal Department of Education. Education is a local and state function, not federal.

10. Faith

Oppose all efforts to denude the nation of its First Amendment right to freedom of religion.

Oppose all efforts to denude the citizens of their God-given unalienable, natural rights that the government can neither confer on the individual nor deny him.

We are not radical right-wing conservatives or left wing liberals. We are not tin-hat wearing, tea-bagging racists or bigoted lunatics. Were not Socialists, Marxists or Nazis. Were not clinging to our guns or religion.

Were Americans. Were concerned citizens.

Do not allow yourself to become a victim of this system. Do not allow yourself to be pigeonholed. Do not allow your values and concerns to be marginalized. Let the Beltway hear our voices!

Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, can you agree that the majority of these issues are core principles? Are any of these concepts, notions and theories repulsive?

It doesnt matter if your representative or if a candidate has an (R), an (L), or an (I) next to their name. We might not agree on every issue, but arent allor at least the majority--of these issues addressed in this pact something you would like your representatives to work toward during their time in congress?

Would you be willing to pledge?

Do you believe that those that represent us should be required to commit to this pact or a similar pledge?

Even if you dont agree with all of these concepts, please sign this petition and forward it to your address book.

Lets take back our country one vote, one candidate at a time.

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