The folks at Contract from America have a new initiative. Generally speaking, I do not support 'contracts' to be signed by candidates for elected office. They smack of litmus tests and that is not an inclusive exercise. But, in the case of the Contract From America, their 10 point statement of principles is representative of the economic area of basic Republican and conservative thought. It is productive for Republicans and conservatives to focus on fiscal issues that unite us over the social issues that divide us. Our nation is in dire straits, in need of true fiscal common sense.
The website http://www.americaspeakingout.com states:
This site was developed by House Republicans as part of an official effort to increase the dialogue between Americans and their Congress. Here, Americans are provided a new platform to share their priorities and ideas for a national policy agenda. As Republicans, we are committed to our principles of limited, more accountable government; economic freedom; lower taxes; fiscal responsibility; protecting life, American values, and the Constitution; and providing for strong national security. This is an open forum, however, where all Americans are welcome to respectfully offer their opinions, regardless of party affiliation and whether we endorse them or not. It is our hope the active engagement of the American people will produce a robust debate that will aid in the construction of a new American agenda.
Dialogue between the American public and elected officials is a good thing. I won't dwell on the fact that this is a bit slow out of the gate and instead show support for the effort. It seems to be loosely similar to the YouVote idea recently launched by House Republicans and quite successful. If Republicans are to maximize the opportunity presented to them by the mismanagement of Congress by the Democrats in November, it is crucial that every initiative for dialogue be launched and used.