What produced the “shellacking of 2010?” The Tea Party and independent voters were repulsed by the spending and the corruption of government. Remember, the Republicans got beat badly in 06 and 08. Why? Costly wars and spending like drunken sailors – earmarks galore. And the Independents voted them out. Hoping for change, the independent voter installed Obama and Democratic majorities. Oh, did the long time Democratic politicians have fun installing ObamaCare, taking over General Motors, rewarding unions and spending, spending, and spending.
Repulsed, the Tea Party movement formed and the independent voter said this is idiotic. Hence, the Democrats were shellacked. Unfortunately, our system of governance remains broken and America continues to decline. Obviously, turning over politicians or political parties is not necessarily conducive to good governance.
The Contract From America: Fortunately, prior to the shellacking of 2010, a Houston attorney pondered how to repair America’s system of governance. And the Contract From America was born, which is described by Max Pappas of Freedomworks:
…, the Contract From America was conceived by a tea party leader in Houston, Texas a year and a half ago. He asked activists online across the country to submit policy proposals, received thousands, boiled them down to 23 proposals, and held a nation-wide vote. Hundreds of thousands of votes came in and the top 10 became the Contract.
Critical to repairing America’s governance is to incorporate the elements of freedom. Notice the freedom principles stated in the Contract’s preamble:
Our moral, political, and economic liberties are inherent, not granted by our government.
The purpose of our government is to exercise only those limited powers that have been relinquished to it by the people, chief among these being the protection of our liberties by administering justice and ensuring our safety from threats arising inside or outside our country’s sovereign borders.
The market economy, driven by the accumulated expressions of individual economic choices, is the only economic system that preserves and enhances individual liberty.
Wisely, the Contract has legislative action items to begin restoring a free society: