Okay. Fair enough.
Do I support the Second Amendment? Yes.
Do I support clean air? Yes.
Do I support taxing people on the miles they drive? No.
Do I support open and transparent government? Yes.
These are a few questions I've fielded this year. I dutifully answer the questionnaires and assume that my responses will be on the Internet at some point.
It's when these groups go beyond sending a survey, and ask instead that you to sign a pledge, that I get a little like the bandito in Blazing Saddles who said, and I'm paraphrasing here, "We don't need no stinkin' pledges."
The problem with pledges is that you're taking an option off the table before you ever get to the table. It was illustrated quite well during the Republican primaries when everyone on the stage raised their hands to the question: "Can you raise your hand if you feel so strongly about not raising taxes, you'd walk away on the ten [dollars of spending cuts] to one [dollar of tax increases] deal?"