28 November 2007

Loyalty oaths

I can't decide whether this is more hilarious or creepy:

Virginia GOP Will Make Voters Sign Oath
Voters planning to vote in Virginia's Republican presidential primary will be required to sign an oath swearing their Republican loyalty, the AP reports.

'The oath leaves such voters with a touch choice to make: "lie," "stay home from the Feb. 12 elections and keep your options open," or "commit to an unknown Republican candidate nine months before the election."'

Sure fits the GOP model, though, loyalty to party before all else....

3 comments:

stuboo said...

Incredible. Just, incredible. While reading it, memories of George Washington's farewell address came to mind. In it, he warned of what he called "the Spirit of Party"

"It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another; foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passion. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another."

I'd love to hear your discourse on the entire speech. It's a great read.

Lyle said...

i'll go for creepy. or maybe hilarious... as in, hilarious how thinly veiled their failure to
seperate religious fanaticism from
political fanaticism is, and how pathetic the GOP's attempt to explain it as anything else is.

JimII said...

So, the point is to prevent Democrats from disrupting the Republican primary, right? The oath would not be a contract to vote for the Republican candidate, which is obviously illegal.

That said, Democrats need to start talking about Republican politicians who are more loyal to their party than their country. The solid support of George Bush in letting our children and soldiers suffer is evidence of that. Or at least, that's a good talking point. ;). And this fits well with that theme.