GOP Loyalty Oath

GOP Loyalty Oath

If you vote in the Virginia Republican Presidential Primary on February 12, 2008, you will have to sign a “loyalty oath” promising to vote for the eventual Republican presidential candidate no matter who he happens to be.

If Democrats follow suit, the Old Dominion could save the cost of running a General Election.

The Commonwealth’s laws allow primary “cross-over” voting, and Virginia’s Republican Party is trying to keep Democrats from voting for Republican candidates, perhaps on the Machiavellian theory that they will vote for the biggest loser. What a vote of confidence in their own party’s slate of candidates. The Virginia Board of Elections seems to have approved this odd measure because no one intends to enforce it.

You may recall that the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign required audiences for their so-called “Televised Town Meetings” to sign a loyalty oath and recite the following before the cameras went live and the crowd asked their questions:

“I want you to stand, raise your right hands,” and recite “the Bush Pledge . . . .  I care about freedom and liberty. I care about my family. I care about my country. Because I care, I promise to work hard to re-elect, re-elect George W. Bush as president of the United States.”

Apparently the Virginia GOP isn’t alone in its ignorance of the controversial history of loyalty oaths in the US and their ubiquity in one-party states.

2 Responses to “GOP Loyalty Oath”

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    […] Virginia Republican State Central Committee has abandoned the “Loyalty Oath” requirement for voters in the Feb. 12 Republican presidential primary. Voters will not be required to sign an […]

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