The Pledge We Can Believe In

Barack Obama likes to fancy himself as the brave teller of hard truths to hostile audiences. Even when the truths aren't so hard and the reception is not so hostile, as in his exaggerated tale of his tough love speech to Detroit auto makers, it fits nicely into his image of the Great Usher of New Politics.

And he is going to give us not just new politics, but new lifestyles. He recently told an audience, "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK." Well that got some laughs.

And the Obamas mean business, as Michelle Obama informed us:

Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.

Well, it is time to put all this to the test. There is no group more susceptible to Obama's vision and rhetoric than the Hollywood elite. And given their exalted status in our society, their influence on others if they take up the challenge to improve our country might be profound.

So in that spirit we offer a pledge, the Pledge We Can Believe In, which Obama can present to all of his Hollywood admirers. Indeed, he might inscribe the Pledge We Can Believe In on all financial donor forms and on all requests for tickets to his campaign events. The time for idle chatter is over and the fierce urgency of now demands that those who support Obama and his vision for a new America take the Pledge We Can Believe In:

1. I believe that "our planet is in peril" and that immediate action to halt global warming is essential. We must be able to say to our children "this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal." I therefore pledge that I will refrain from flying on private jets and sell any jets (or shares thereof) which I may own. First-class commercial air travel is a small price to pay for the survival of the planet.

2. For reasons discussed in #1, I pledge that I will not build, buy, or lease any residence in excess of 4,000 sq. feet (5,000 sq. feet in the case of a family of four or more). No reasonable person needs more room than that and there is no justification for consuming energy needed to maintain such an edifice to Western decadence.