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This is what citizenship looks like

For many years now, Red State dot com has been the online launching pad for a  good deal of the looniness that’s worked its way into our national conversation. Red State is not WND or NewsMax; it’s far too literate for that kind of comparison. It’s not quite Glenn Beck world either,  but no doubt they share a readership.

Today, founder and editor  Eric Erickson wrote this:

Barack Obama won the election.

He did not win by stealing the election. Voter irregularities always happen. It is one reason we support voter ID rules. But even in the worse scenario of reports out there, there were not enough tales of voter irregularities to matter nationwide. This is another benefit and built in safeguard of the electoral college.

Barack Obama won. He won by turning out the most people in a well run campaign. In other words, he won fair and square.

We here at RedState are American citizens. We have no plans to secede from the union. If you do, good luck with that, but this is not the place for you.

We have a place for you here if you wish to continue the fight against Republicans in Washington like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell who’d be happy to sell us down the river to keep their power, no matter how devoid of principle or sound policy. You have a place here if you’d like to keep fighting the Democrats who are intent on further stifling economic growth, pushing forward with Obamacare, bankrupting the nation, and siding with teachers unions against kids who deserve better.

Too many people have spent the past four years obsessed with birth certificates. Now they are obsessed with voter fraud conspiracies, talk of secession, and supposed election changing news stories if only we had known.

So let’s add dabblers in this latest nuttiness to birthers as a category of people we do not welcome at RedState. Our aim is to beat the Democrats, not beat a retreat to a Confederacy that Generals Grant and Sherman rent asunder well over a hundred years ago.

Even here at RedState, while we may not much care for him, President Obama is still our President and we are still quite happily citizens of the United States. If we must drain this fever swamp that’s taken hold of a few people on the right over this past week before we can drain the swamp in Washington, so be it.

All others need not apply.

Good for him.

Silly boys, try something new

This is funny. The GOP has now published their much heralded Pledge to America. They named it a ‘Pledge’, see, to make it different from the Contract with America. Which worked out so well that Newt Gingrich had to flee ahead of the ethics cops, but not before being celebrated as the new James Madison.

Glory days

(The full document draft is at the above link. I tried to link to the full PDF at the House Republican’s web site but it’s too slow and will crash your computer and your children will cry and blame you.)

Commentary is in full flower on both sides of course. I just stopped over to Red State, where uber-conservative rabble rouser and former trouble maker Eric Erickson (no doubt now reclassified as a RINO since he’s appeared on CNN) calls it Perhaps the Most Ridiculous Thing to Come Out of Washington Since George McClellan“. He goes on:

“It is dreck — dreck with some stuff I like, but like Brussels sprouts in butter. I like the butter, not the Brussels sprouts. Overall, this grand illusion of an agenda that will never happen is best spoken of today and then never again as if it did not happen. It is best forgotten.”

As for the original ‘contract’?

“A November 13, 2000 article by Edward H. Crane, president of the libertarian Cato Institute, stated, “… the combined budgets of the 95 major programs that the Contract with America promised to eliminate have increased by 13%.” [3] However, since the Contract only promised to “bring to the House Floor the following bills, each to be given full and open debate, each to be given a clear and fair vote and each to be immediately available this day for public inspection and scrutiny” [4], the Contract did accomplish its promises, even if some bills failed in votes or fell to presidential vetoes.”

So they kept their promise sort of. But the result was pretty empty because trying to turn high blown rhetoric into legislation doesn’t work. It didn’t then and it won’t now. Co-operation and compromise work, that’s what works. Oh, and change is incremental, which is something Progressives would be advised to remember as well (me included).