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.