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Republican “Loyalty Oaths” Should Be Scrapped. The Exclusive Party MUST Become Inclusive or Continue to Lose Elections

The Republican Party of Virgina can’t seem to get out of it’s own way sometimes. In order to be a member of a Committee you must first run the gauntlet of the McCarthyism Inquisition that begins “Are you now or have you ever thought about supporting someone without an ‘R’ after their name.”

We force members or potential members to fall in lockstep with the “Party” no matter what.

I wrote a post yesterday about the shameful way Chesterfield Republican’s treated Floyd Bayne by refusing to allow him to be a Delegate at the Convention. Bayne fell victim to the the great “slate and purge” of 2014 enacted on good Republicans.

Enough is a-freaking-enough.

These “loyalty” demands serve one purpose and one purpose alone. To force members to submit to the will of the party powers. If they don’t like what you say, you are out. Even when you point out the obvious. And more power and money the elected official in question has, the more vitriolic the purge. Take Eric Cantor as the case in point.

Cantor’s DNA is on $14 Trillion of the $17 Trillion we owe as a nation. As Majority Leader in the House, Cantor has not only the power of the purse, but the power spend or not spend. Every dime spent for Obamacare was approved by Cantor. Every dime the IRS spends to persecute Conservatives was approved by Cantor. Every dime spent on every “Fast and Furious” gun that “walked” into Mexico was approved by Cantor. Not a dime is spent that was not appropriated by the US House of Representatives and Eric Cantor.

When Cantor took over, along with John Boehner, for Nancy Pelosi, they promised the out of control spending would stop. It has not stopped. It has accelerated. And the last installment in the out of control spending was actually a blank check.

But if we speak out against the spending, it is OK to blame Obama, but don’t you dare try to hold Eric Cantor accountable.

But Cantor signed the checks.

And if you do what Floyd Bayne has done – try to do something to stop the spending and be the fiscally responsible Republican our Creed mandates by running against Cantor, you will be purged from any and all Republican Committees.

If Bayne wanted to become a Democrat he would face no such issue. Support all the Republicans, Communists, Socialists you want. If they are running against a Democrat, who cares? Your vote and  willingness to work for the Democrat du jour in the current election is good enough. Now Democrats have been known to force a loyalty oath on someone running as a Democrat, but I couldn’t find a single case of someone simply wanting to join a local Democratic committee or vote at a Convention where the issue was even brought up, let alone someone being disenfranchised.

And it makes it very easy for the Democrats to perpetuate the story that Republicans want to disenfranchise Blacks. Republicans frequently disenfranchise their own. It gives the stereotype staying power.

Here is a thought. Instead of Republicans working to bring Amnesty to illegal aliens in hopes that they will vote Republican (and provide cheap labor for the Chamber of Commerce) when it is pure lunacy to believe Republican will see a net gain in Amnesty voters over the Democrats, how about we get rid of loyalty oaths and the constant efforts to purge America Citizens?

Democrat Rules for Removal vs Republican Rules for Removal

Lets look at the rules in the Party Plans of the two parties to see who is more serious about kicking people out of the Committee:

Democrats: (DPV Party Plan is here)

Section 8.9 Removal
A county or city committee may remove from both office and membership any person found guilty of neglect of any
duty imposed upon him or her. Such action shall not be taken without at least ten (10) days written notice to the accused
member and an opportunity for him or her to refute such charges in a hearing before a subcommittee of the county or city
committee. The decision of the county or city committee may be appealed to the district committee.

Well, pretty simple. You can be removed, but Google it yourself. And as far as Conventions, there is no listing for loyalty oaths, etc. in the Democratic Party Plan.

Now let’s look at the Republican Party Plan here in Virginia:

Article VII – SECTION C. Removal
Any Chairman, except the State Chairman, or any other member of an Official Committee may be removed from office
by the vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the other members of the Committee, after being furnished with notice that such
removal will be sought, with the charges, in writing, signed by not less than one-third (1/3) of the members of the
Committee; and allowing him thirty (30) days within which to appear and defend himself. The State Chairman may be
removed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of a State Convention or by the three-fourths (3/4) vote of the State Central
Committee, the action of said Convention or Committee being subject to the foregoing as to notice and opportunity for
defense.
A member of an Official Committee is held to a higher standard of support for nominees of the Republican Party than an
individual who merely participates in a mass meeting, party canvass, convention or primary. Therefore, a member of an
Official Committee is deemed to have resigned his Committee position if he (a) makes a reportable contribution to and/or
(b) allows his name to be publicly used by and/or (c) makes a written or other public statement in support of a candidate
in opposition to a Republican nominee in a Virginia General or Special Election. Such member may be re-instated by a
majority vote of the other members of the Committee.

SECTION D. Absences
A member of an Official Committee other than an ex-officio member automatically loses his committee position if he is
absent three (3) consecutive meetings without representation by a person holding a proxy; provided, however, that a State
Central Committee member automatically loses and is deemed to have resigned his Committee position if he fails to
attend in person at least fifty (50) percent of the regular meetings in any calendar year. A vacancy created by such
resignation shall be filled in accordance with the State Party Plan. In the case of an ex-officio member with voting
privileges, those voting privileges shall be suspended if he is absent three (3) consecutive meetings. Voting privileges for
an ex-officio member that has been suspended may be restored by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the other members of the
committee.

“KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, That I, [NAME] of [AREA REPRESENTED], do hereby
constitute and appoint [NAME OF PROXY] my true and lawful attorney, to vote as my proxy (with full
power of substitution)* at a meeting of the Republican [State Central, District, County, etc.) Committee on
the ________ day of [MONTH], [YEAR], or at any adjourned meeting thereof and for me and in my
name, place and stead to vote upon any question that properly may come before such meeting, with all the
power I should possess if personally present, hereby revoking all previous proxies.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, this _______ day of
[MONTH], [YEAR].
______________________________________________ (Seal)
WITNESS:
________________________________________(Seal)”
(*)Inclusion of the power of substitution is discretionary with the member. Its omission shall preclude
substitution.

Obviously, there is a lot of effort on the part of Republicans to ensure they have multiple ways and means to purge members.

So while the Democrats will pretty much take anyone and everyone with past sins forgiven, Republicans put up walls and barriers to use to keep people away.

And then they wonder why they lose elections and the party becomes divided and at war with itself. Slating and Exclusion are proof positive that the Virginia Republicans are not a big tent, are hostile to any ideas aside from those that are approved and they will pull out all the stops to keep people out. And then they scratch their heads and wonder why people aren’t flocking to their doors.

The results of Republican Exclusionism are obvious. Losses at the polls, internal wars and declining membership and money. The RPV is in financial hard times, yet they are turning workers away and offending many still within the party.

Go figure.

One case in point is a discussion I have been having with one member of the Chesterfield County Republican Committee concerning Floyd Bayne. You can view the post here and I would encourage you to read all of the comments. Below is one response I sent to Wayne Osmore. Osmore posted some of the official responses from the Committee – which I reject because we need to grow the party and stop working so hard to alienate members and potential members.

Not at all, Bubba. I am sick and tired of the Republican campaign to purge good Conservatives from the party. As the Progressives like Eric Cantor drift to the extreme left some units get offended by those of us that insist candidates stick to the Republican Creed. Instead of going after those who insist on holding the Republicans to the Republican Creed, you should be voting on holding those who stray accountable. It is actions like that of the Chesterfield Committee and others that are doing the real harm here in Virginia. Slating and excluding only serves to infuriate the base and drive a wedge between different factions within the party. When the party learns that these loyalty oaths and tests are nothing more than rules designed to eliminate free thinking and force submission to the will of the people who are supposed to represent us, then perhaps we will start winning elections.

Look at the Democrats. They will allow a member to vote for the Socialist Party, the Communist Party, or even a Republican. And when you are willing to come in and participate in the election supporting a Democrat, they welcome you in and are thrilled to have you vote for them this election. They really don’t care who you supported or voted for in the past. But Republicans want to punish prospective voters and call you before the powers that be to be judged. You antagonize and alienate more voters than you think. And for every Floyd Bayne you kick out, hundreds of friends of Floyd are offended and have no wish to be a part of your exclusive committee.

And if you wonder how the party got to where it is today, divided and at war with itself, you have to look at the way you treat people that want to help.

Your answer to Joe and Floyd should have been “We welcome you with open arms and are happy to have you and your efforts and money be a part of the party. We respect your opinion when we disagree and welcome your assistance when we agree. Please tell your friends they are welcome too.”

And you know what, Bubba? If we did that instead of having an inquisition on every person to go over and over each and every perceived sin they committed against the Republican Party, we would start winning. Joe McCarthy would be so proud of you.

Republicans pretend to want to be a big tent party. You worry more about offending “moderates” who are unlikely to vote Republican than you do about offending Conservatives.

I don’t care what your rules say, they are wrong. You are perpetuating and widening the chasm between us. The rules you so vigorously defend were put in place to protect the current elected officials and keep out any and all voices of dissent. Loyalty oaths and litmus tests demanded of those who could help are offensive and is the main reason Democrats win.

Open the door wide and allow people to come in walking upright, not on hands and knees. You need all the people you can get. And only when you and the rest of the units stop playing these silly protectionist games as if there is any logic or sanity to loyalty oaths and past behavior will the Republican Party become relevant and start winning elections outside of districts that are drawn up for Republican wins. We will NEVER convert a Democrat or Libertarian with these silly hoops. They would rather walk away than wear your scarlet letter.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.

Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

8 Responses to “Republican “Loyalty Oaths” Should Be Scrapped. The Exclusive Party MUST Become Inclusive or Continue to Lose Elections”

  1. Joshua Huffman says:

    Yes, loyalty oaths will only further weaken the GOP, purging those who place principles and political free will over party.

  2. Ben says:

    How exactly will you keep the dems from coming in ?

    • Tom White says:

      Nothing prevents a Democrat from voting in a Republican primary, however, Republicans often prevent Republicans from voting with the oaths. Most Republicans value the truth and understand that there is a distinct possibility that the Republicans will run a candidate so offensive to them that they cannot support them, so they balk at signing a loyalty oath. A Democrat that pretends to be a Republican just to effect the outcome is already a liar and will have no problem signing a loyalty oath, then promptly ignoring it. So how exactly does an oath keep Democrats from coming in? And would you put a Democrat that is sick and tired of Obama and McAuliffe through the mill and scare them off? We need all the workers we can get. But we are putting our own through such an inquisition that does not prevent Democrats from infiltrating.

      Or do you assume Democrats will have a problem breaking a Republican oath?
      Tom White recently posted…Audio: Eric Cantor Booed and Heckled at His Home District Convention for Half His SpeechMy Profile

  3. Dave Z. says:

    Can someone please explain to me why people should be forced to support Republican candidates that don’t Adhere to the Republican Creed? The same Republican Creed that is read before each Republican meeting.

    What We Believe
    Dave Brat fully supports the Republican Creed, and any leader who unflinchingly upholds that Creed which reads as follows…

    We Believe…

    That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,
    That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,
    That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,
    That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,
    That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense,
    That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.

    … unfortunately, however, our current congressman, Eric Cantor, has failed to uphold that Creed, and it is time for a change. It is time to TERM LIMIT ERIC CANTOR!

  4. Gene Lefty says:

    I know of no elected Republican who I believe follows their Creed.

    If the people at the top do not play by their own rules, why should they expect the people at the bottom play by the rules? It’s a con. Do as I say, not as I do.

    It’s nothing but a dash for your cash. If you don’t take the money out of politics, you can change nothing.

    Corporate America, foreign governments, special interest, are running/ ruining America with their checkbooks and lobbyist.

    • Alan S. says:

      a) “Corporate America” includes most folks’ employers and the stocks and corporate bonds in which their IRAs and pension funds are invested; you have a stake in the success of Corporate America unless you are referring to “Administrative State America”, which is certainly not conveyed by your language. b) And “special interest”[s] include the NRA and Chamber of Commerce, VFW, and any other trade or membership association representing any group whatsoever that Republicans support: they are all of them, 100%, “lobbyists”. You like YOUR lobbyists, you don’t like the other guys’ lobbyists.

      • Gene Lefty says:

        Thanks for your comment Alan.

        No, you are wrong. I do not like ANY paid lobbying by anyone, or any corporation, or special interest group, who back up their lobbying efforts with a checkbook. Nothing but legalized bribery.

        The voter can make the decisions in a Democracy. The majority is supposed to rule in a Democracy. Not a checkbook.

        You cannot fix our problems until money is taken out of politics.

        • Karen Steger says:

          Didn’t Obama promise to stop the revolving door of lobbyist?

          Just for the record, our American form of government is a Constitutional representative Republic, NOT a democracy.

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