So much has been made lately of the TeaPublican obsession with signing pledges that seem to come from individuals and front groups that were never elected to political office, but want to have influence over policy decisions while injecting their own extremist agenda. Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty came under fire recently when they signed the “Family Pledge,” a document from Bob Vander Plaats of THE FAMiLY LEADER, a federally funded public advocacy group. The pledge asserts “that African American children were better off under slavery than they are today.”
Then there’s the notorious “no tax hike” on rich people pledge from Grover Norquist that some 276 Republicans in Congress have signed, and is now at the center of the “no-compromise-at-all-costs” mentality of the right-wing in dealing with the debt ceiling and budget cuts.
Bill Maher took aim at these pledges in this week’s “New Rules” segment and didn’t hold anything back:
“2011 seems to be shaping up to be the year of ‘The Pledge,’ as the current crop of Republican wannabes have signed pledges for everything from women in combat, prayer in school, handguns, cap and trade. And Newt Gingrich says he’ll get a pizza to my house in under 30 minutes. And keep it warm in his car by f***king his mistress on the box.”
Bill has come up with his own pledge. It’s called the “American Eagle Liberty Bell Ronald Reagan You’re A Homo If You Don’t Sign It Pledge.” Before signing, individuals must affirm that “America’s best days are behind us.”