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Why not sign my pledge?

So, the infamous Koch brothers, they of Americans for Prosperity, are circulating yet another Grover Norquist-styled ‘pledge’ – the “No Climate Tax Pledge” – that GOP Senators and Representatives – 411 legislators so far – find too irresistible to ignore. They are flocking to sign it. These knuckleheads pledge non-support for any climate change legislation that includes a net increase in government revenues, i.e. taxes. Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich ( does a far better job than me to explain such unexplainable dimwittedness.

So the climate is warming and the polar caps are melting and the seas are rising because we insist on furthering an insulative cocoon of gases while our officials play make believe about this as they opt to side with corporate doofuses who smell a chance to continue to make money.

This ones for you, Koch Brothers. As they say, some people are so poor, all they have is money. I'm talking to you, dudes.

This ones for you, Koch brothers. As they say, some people are so poor, all they have is money. I’m talking to you, guys.

Great. I love these sorts of pledges because they pin legislator hides to the wall. They go on record in support of something most everyone else recognizes: we’re goofing up our environment, and soon, perhaps, irreparably so. Of course, the Koch brothers are old and will sooner than later be dead. None of this will matter to them. But it will to their children, grand children and great great grandchildren and their offspring beyond that.

Let’s be clear: I circulate in a much smaller realm. I don’t like litter and want us to do something about it. But litter is an anathema, too. In it’s own way, it contributes to our environmental demise.

So, in the spirit of ultra-creative GOP wordsmiths who continue to impress me with such swell sounding and patriotic pledges, here’s the Pick Up Your Path pledge:

  • I pledge to not throw stuff on the ground.
  • I pledge to be a good steward of our streets and landscape.
  • I pledge to recycle everything I can.
  • I pledge to continue to snicker when bigwigs like the Koch brothers and GOP keep dumping on our environment.

That last one may be the easiest pledge of all to keep.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I was a writer by trade so one would think letters would come easily for me. It is so now, but wasn't always that way. Indeed, the first letter was written the Monday after Ellen started her freshman year in college. For years I've wondered - with no good answers - why I swiveled my office chair toward my computer screen to fire up a word processing document for that first letter. I just don't know. I just did. Perhaps it was the angst of separation or wanting to say things that had gone unsaid at that moment when we parted ways in front of her college dormitory. What was a one-off became habitual. When her brother Reid enrolled in the same college, his name was added to the salutation line. They were kids then and are adults now. No matter. The letter writing habit remains so today. I live in Brevard, North Carolina. I'm well away from where they live and don't see them nearly as often as I'd like. That's why letters, at least to me, fill the void of distance. The pages give me something to say and the space to say it. There is no assurance they read the letters; indeed, I have never asked if they do so. With the pace of their busy lives who could blame them for letting a letter sit unopened? Over time, it has dawned on me that the letters are both communicative - and cathartic. By nature, letters are about the writer; the writer can only write about their situation. Perhaps that is as it should be. It's all about the here and now from one person's perspective.

2 Comments on Why not sign my pledge?

  1. I’m sorry but the last one is the ONLY one I can’t pledge…I can’t snicker…It’s tragic….I just don’t understand why these people apparently do not care what kind of world their grand children will have to live in….Maybe they intend to leave them enough money that they can rent a spaceship to move to another planet…who knows…For people who have the wealth the Koch Brothers have, you’d expect them to be a little smarter than they are…

    • This is all so depressing. The innate sense of right/wrong and fair play, let alone environmental concerns, are just totally missing in these guys. It’s all about the dollars.

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