From Erick Erickson, somehow a CNN correspondent now, for no goddamn reason:
But whether this legislation actually passes or not, the GOP can now do a couple of things:
1. Pledge immediate repeal in toto of Obamacare should it pass. No nibbling at the edges — the whole thing and we pledge our lives, fortunes, and honor to crushing any member of Republican leadership who refuses to get on the full repeal bandwagon.
From the Declaration:
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
Now, I don’t begrudge conservatives their right to play dress-up, but this is a bridge too far. The Founders’ pledge of “our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor,” was a literal pledge: by putting their names to the document, they in fact gave up their lives, and in fact committed all their resources to the defeat of an implacable foe who, if victorious, would lynch them, their families, and their friends, before surely decimating the country they sought to free.
By way of comparison, Erickson writes a blog. There, he tells people to send gag gifts to unpopular politicians, and calls Supreme Court justices pedophiles. Especially because his honor was long ago forfeit, he has nothing on the line here. It’s fine to spin pathos-laced equivalences with the Revolutionary War era, but to pretend that you’re actually risking as much as they did, well, that’s just insulting.