“What if they had to resign if they failed to keep their promises?” I thought to myself. Soon after, Robbins was indicted.
Never one to let grass grow under my feet in February 1992 I wrote up the Liberty Pledge, printed some literature, had a banner made and took them with me to the next Republican Convention.
While at the convention I shared the idea with an old friend of mine named John Fund. He asked me for a piece of the literature. I was delighted to share.
This would be the whole story except for events taking place some years later.
As we talked, her call waiting chimed in. She put me on hold. Eventually, I hung up. My phone rang. Morgan said, “Just listen.” I discovered she had been telling me the truth. You can listen to the tape here.
“John told me it was your idea, the one he gave to Newt that started it.” This was news to me.
“You mean the Liberty Pledge?” The inquiring look went away. She nodded.
Fund\'s lies and manipulations grew
worse. In February, 2002, Morgan finally charged Fund with
domestic violence. There were witnesses and evidence. Fund went
to his employers at the White House. The charges were dropped.
On January 14, 2003 at 10:28:38 AM
Eastern Standard Time Newt wrotethis emailto my daughter. What relationship? Did he mean we asked
him, and dozens of others who disliked Fund, for help and were
ignored? John had lied about Blumenthal, too. Ironically on the
issue of domestic violence.
Newt did not respond to our pleas.
Morgan had nearly died of the abuse Fund meted out. I witnessed
the abuse, as did another Republican activist. No one would listen to
the recordings. No one would look at the evidence.
Morgan had been a docent at the Reagan
Library. I was a Regent for the National Federation of Republican
Women and had a life long history as an activist.
Initially, when Morgan told me, I was amused. However, when it became clear it was a contract on America I changed my mind. There was no enforceability in the PR campaign they used to take the House in 1994, just oozings of rhetoric, promises never kept.
I intended there to be accountability. Now I demand it. So should you.
The site Pillsbury Justice, tells the story of what happens when those in power really want to shut you up and how they get away with it.
This brings us to how we enforce transparency and accountability.
Decoupling the accountability from the potential for profit was a trademark for the NeoCons as they converted the ideas of Libertarianism, which all of my children grew up respecting, into the newest justification for corporate profit. It was a sad end to what we had thought would be a real revolution. Now, they want to do it again.
Accountability, and how to enact it, has grown as an issue for me in the last ten years. Today holding politicians accountable is a matter of survival. Bonds are proven to work.
The Honesty Bond can provide voters
with a way to enforce the promises flowing so lavishly from the
lips of candidates before they have transformed themselves into
elected officials. The Bond can be called and the money demanded from
the Congressman or Senator. If applied vigorously, the terms
clear, Honesty Bonds could turn the tide of dishonesty in
Some candidates, the honest ones,
will be relieved there is a means to exact a simple standard
for doing the right thing. Others will appreciate the
opportunity to win support over incumbents who refuse to be
accountable for their promises. These will be nudged into honesty.
Motives will not alter the fact we will
have a tool directly controlled by voters who desperately need
leverage to call government into account. Local groups, for instance
Tea Party Groups, Ron Paul Groups, Libertarians, and Indict Bush
Activists can come together on this.
We all need honesty.
Look at the instructions for bonding. This is just like bonds maintained routinely by professionals such as accountants, brokers, insurance agents, and house cleaners. We demand. The candidate pays for the bond. The specifics hinge on state law for each state, providing another focus point for organizing.