by the Left Coast Rebel
When I first heard the name Contract From America I was a bit confused. The Contract From America almost sounded like a secessionist movement or something. A reader hat-tipped me on the the name and idea - what it actually is, is an up and coming Tea Party platform/plank document drafted by Tea Party activists. Glenn Reynolds at PJTV talked to Ryan Hecker of the Contract From America and got the essentials in a video here. Here are some ideas, insight and principles that will come forward from the Contract From America:
- The Contract From America is being drafted with a technique known in tech circles as 'crowd sourcing'
- The Contract From America is a grassroots, bottom up document that will coalesce the movement's ideas into a simple 10-12 point platform that candidates can adhere to. Candidates may even 'sign' the document or pledge to support all of the tenets.
- The Contract From America borrow from the Contract For America - the last movement of intellectual economic conservatism in the United States. The goal of the Contract From America is different though in that it takes it's ideas from the people.
- Top ideas (as Hecker says, not platitudes) include spending caps for based on population size, freezing the debt, ethics and transparency ideas as well - Ryan Hecker mentions that any bill before Congress would require 7 days of public exposure. Searching for the Contract From America, I see issues listed out as, Repeal the 16th Amendment, Abolish the Department of Education, Drill Here, Drill Now and others. Wow!
- You can go to Spiritof94.com to help form the Contract From America, to narrow down the top issues that will stay in the Contract From America's 10-12 issue plank. The site re-launches tomorrow, February 12.
- The Contract From America will re-launch on February 20.