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Republican Loyalty Oath: For When Bad Ideas Need A Little Help

Republican Loyalty Oath: For When Bad Ideas Need A Little Help

Red states don’t get much more red than Kansas. But even our particularly deep shade of crimson isn’t enough for the Kansas Republican Party. Only the most pure, conservative scarlet will suffice. That must be why the Kansas Republican Party is pushing a new loyalty oath to the party leadership. This is, of course, super necessary since Republicans only hold huge majorities in both houses. Erm…

What is happening to you, GOP? Why are you so paranoid? You dominate everything. What gives?

According to The Topeka Capital-Journal:

Motivation for the unusual plea by the state party apparatus has everything to do with altering balance of power in the Senate, which is the last major stronghold of moderate Republicans in Kansas.

Removal of policy tension at the Statehouse maintained by Republican moderates in the Senate would grant [Republican Governor Sam] Brownback an unfettered path to pursue reforms of his choosing.

Oooooh. I get it. Kansas Republicans aren’t conservative enough for the state party leadership. Because, you know, having legislatures that think for themselves and represent the interests of their constituents is a step too far. You know it’s a super good idea because voter ID crusader Kris Kobach is in favor of it. Again, from The Topeka Capital-Journal:

In 2008, the state GOP under then-chairman Kris Kobach formed a loyalty committee to punish party officials who endorsed or assisted the campaigns of Democrats.

Kobach, subsequently elected Kansas’ secretary of state, said the loyalty panel was necessary to compel unity among GOP activists in elections so Democrats didn’t take advantage of splits among Republicans.

Yep, because we totally have a history of that.

Listen, this is why the Republican Party sucks. And I don’t say that as a bleeding-heart liberal. I say that as someone who kind of thinks democracy is a good thing and that there should be lots of ideas floating around. We don’t have a bunch of different parties competing for the public’s attention and support. (OK, there are other parties. But, come on. Really?)

Requiring this type of ideological purity is not only selfish and narcissistic, but threatens everything Americans are supposed to hold dear. One cannot live free if they are trapped in their own ignorance. Plus, why would I vote for someone who has signed a pledge that essentially says that they have no intention of listening to my opinions when setting policy? (Hint: The answer is, “I wouldn’t.”)

Please, please Kansas Senate moderates. Don’t sign this pledge. You are the only thing standing between normal people and madness. You have a responsibility to the citizens of Kansas. Don’t leave us behind.

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9:32PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Repubs are crazy. A diversity of ideas is healthy, but conservs don't like that ... keep things the same ... forever! Free thinkers are healthier.

5:40PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

I don't know republician party sounds like, yes maybe Mafia or almost to the point of communist, THIS is no LONGER an americian poltics party, it is wanting to CONTROL everything, they are getting DANGEROUS, to the point of being the RUIN of OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!. The democrats are not perfect no one is, but they care more for the americian people than gop ever has, even back wen gop was "normal". they keep catering to the rich such as koch brothers, gop will lie,cheat, maybe even KILL, TO BE IN CONTROL!!!!!!, They are getting really scary, and even scarier there are people dumb enough and sheep enough to vote for THEM!!!!!!!. I am GOING straight DEMOCRAT!!!!!!. Diana.

3:01PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Zieg heil mein führer!

1:48PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

isn't that illegal?

Kimberlee W.
“Personally, I'd really like to see the Pubs call for the Death Penalty for physicians that perform abortions. Anyone think that might make a few call for pause?”

That gives as much ‘call for pause’ as death penalties for fetuses (babies as you fright Reich like to call them) that cause the death of their mother. Or should we just send them to prison.

1:24PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

This is all so wrong.
Some of the newer repubs couldn't even take time for their pledges to the country when they were to take their jobs with our government.. they were getting pledges for money for the up coming elections. They hadn't even started their terms officially yet. So this rudeness to the citizens that the repubs are to represent, will just continue with the 'new' pledge.
They can all leave and get new jobs out of my government.

1:15PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

don't get caught up in the trash...just see what they are doing and change it.
Vote, and educate your self and others.

1:00PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

The only loyalty oath I have ever taken is as an officer in the United States Air Force.
At this point in my life, the only loyalty oath I would take is to Humanity!

12:10PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

It sounds like the state of Kansas wants to set up a dictatorship with just Republicans in charge without possibility of any dissent.

11:45AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

I think that the oath that a politician swears to support the constitution should be enough and should supersede any oath to support a particular ideology.

11:02AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Does it seem like the Republican party is beginning to sound like the Mafia?

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