Republicans Move Towards Right-Wing Loyalty Oath

November 23, 2009

(ChattahBox)—David Weigel of the Washington Independent brings us a look at a possible Republican purity test that future candidates would be required to pledge to, if they expect to receive financial support from the Republican National Committee. Would Michael Steele be requiring a right-wing blood oath as well?

The loyalty oath is being proposed by Republican National Committee member Jim Bopp and calls for candidates to join in “solidarity in opposition to Obama’s socialist agenda.”

Bopp acknowledged to CNN that his resolution was essentially a conservative purity test. “This would establish standards for candidates and hold them accountable to RNC’s conservative platform. “We are open to diverse views, but you do have to agree with us most of the time,” said Bopp.

GOP candidates would have to agree to at least seven of 10 conservative standards.

Bopp’s resolution would also insulate Steele from becoming embroiled in the current turmoil within his party between the teapartiers and less extreme members. Steele was criticized for supporting moderate Republican Dede Scozzafava, in the special election in New York’s 23rd congressional district. “This resolution will establish standards so that he [Steele] wont won’t feel obligated to support every Republican and not feel criticized,” said Bopp.

Bopp previously pushed a resolution to label President Obama and the Democrats as Socialists.

Read the Full Text of Bopp’s GOP Purity Oath:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee identifies ten (10) key public policy positions for the 2010 election cycle, which the Republican National Committee expects its public officials and candidates to support:

(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill;

(2) We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare;

(3) We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;

(4) We support workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check;

(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;

(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;

(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat;

(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;

(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and

(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership; and be further

RESOLVED, that a candidate who disagrees with three or more of the above stated public policy position of the Republican National Committee, as identified by the voting record, public statements and/or signed questionnaire of the candidate, shall not be eligible for financial support and endorsement by the Republican National Committee.


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10 Responses to “Republicans Move Towards Right-Wing Loyalty Oath”

  1. About rnc, steele, republican committee, republican party, resolution, gop | Find me About on November 23rd, 2009 11:09 pm

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  2. Nick on November 24th, 2009 12:38 am

    I agree with almost all of these except the Iraq and Afgan war part. We now have no business being over there. I would replace the “Defense of Marriage Act” with the “it is none of government’s business who you marry as long as it doesn’t cost taxpayers anything act”. I would also add “I support individual reliance and liberty and oppose any socialist policies” as well as “We oppose racism and race-based government actions of any kind.”

  3. NinaK on November 24th, 2009 1:36 am

    Wow, talk about a Hitler-like party!! This is absolutely beyond the pale. In other words, the Republican Right Wing’s’ “order” is: You will do as we say, if you do not agree, then we will NOT support or finance your candidacy. I believe the Republican Right Wing “heads” have lost their minds!! Those guys have NO reason to be critical of our President, other than that they are the well-known “Party of NO”. Boy oh boy, talk about a dictatorship party! Folks, this is very dangerous and very scary. Moderate Republicans, I hope you do NOT cowtow to the FAR RIGHT sector of your party! For sure, Abe Lincoln would not recognize it today!

  4. About rnc resolution, republican party, gop | Find me About on November 24th, 2009 6:00 pm

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  5. Fatesrider on November 24th, 2009 10:43 pm

    I’ve noticed how, in the face of self destruction through social ideological evolution, that the ‘hard core’ of any ideology often close ranks thinking that by being more restrictive, they are ensuring the survival of their ideology. The fact is, and history has proven time and time again, that doing such things only ensures the rapid demise of that ideology.

    People fall into two categories: Those who lead and those who follow. Those who follow want to back a winner. But there is often a contrary streak that runs in people due to a reluctance to face, or a denial of, change. Ideas are powerful things. So these people believe, that by being ‘pure, they will attract more like-minded individuals when, in fact, there are fewer like-minded individuals every day. Rather than expanding, this kind of tactic causes the group to contract, becoming more and more radical and out of touch with the changing ideas of society.

    In the last three years, America has shown time and time again it wants change. The Republicans had their chance and not only blew it, but I believe they blew it fatally. I don’t believe they will ever be a significant power in politics again while they cleave so desperately to an ideology the rest of the nation has long since abandoned as unsound, unfair, immoral and/or impractical.

    But a repudiation of the Republican method of running a country doesn’t mean we embrace the other end of the political spectrum, either. They’re the ONLY other choice. Mores the pity. Political extremism of the kind we have in the US is socially unhealthy and politically fatal. Neither ideology is moral, sound, fair and/or practical. Both have severe flaws.

    Given this, and the fact the Republicans will NOT gain adherents just because they’re the only other guys out there, I believe a third party of moderates will arise in the very near future. Social pressure will mandate it.

    The question is, will the people who have the money who support the two political extremists which run this country will let them. If their ultimate goal is to advance their own power (and in politics, that’s a pretty safe bet), then I expect most of the money will follow the people’s will.

    It’s long past time for a third party. They won’t be perfect, of course. But they are less likely to screw up the country any worse than political extremism has.

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  9. Max on November 25th, 2009 3:08 pm

    Number 3 doesn’t even make sense. Cap and trade _is_ a market based solution. This is econ 101– social cost is greater than private cost, you define ownership rights over the cost differences, and you let people trade them *on a market*. The non-market based solution would just be a tax! Grumble grumble.

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