Wednesday, October 26, 2011

No new hires?

Pledges seem all the rage in this never-ending political campaign season.

The No New Taxes pledge is probably the best known, but now the Tea Party Nation has a new one.

This group is calling on its 30,000 members to sign the following: "I, an American small business owner, part of the class that produces the vast real wealth-producing jobs in this country, hereby resolve that I will not hire a single person until this war against business and my country is stopped."

A war against business? A war against America?

The pledge appears to mean the Tea Party Nation is so upset by the thought of President Obama continuing to live in the White House that it is asking its members to make things as bad as possible for their fellow citizens. They seem eager to turn their backs on the American experience of working together to solve common problems to further their agenda.

Contrast that sentiment, and the Tea Party Nation words, with the words said by those who stand and raise their right hands to take the Oath of U.S. Citizenship: "I hereby declare, on oath, that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."

Surely it is preferable to follow the example of these modern-day strangers and sojourners as they seek the freedom and opportunities that for more than 200 years have been the promise of America.

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