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What’s the Big Deal About the Republican Party of Va’s Loyalty Oath?

I don’t plan to participate in the Virginia Republican Presidential Primary in March, 2012. Not because of the requirement that you take an oath to support the eventual Republican nominee, whoever that may eventually be. That’s a given. Any of the Republican candidates will be a far better president than Obama. If you are interested in why I am not participating, you can read about my issue with the RPV here.

What a lot of out of state Virginia Right! readers must understand is that Virginia does not require voters to register by party. Party affiliation is not on the form. The state remains neutral and allows each party great latitude in setting their own rules.

And Republican Primaries are open to all registered voters.

Many times, Democratic and Republican Primaries are held at the same time and same locations. When that is the case, you can only obtain one ballot, Democrat or Republican. There are not a lot of cross over votes and the concern that the other party will attempt to influence the competition’s primary by voting en mass for the weakest candidate is not worth worrying about.

But remember Rush Limbaugh’s Operation Chaos? He urged his listeners to stop Hillary by voting for her primary opponent, a fellow named Barack Obama. And while that didn’t work out so well for the Conservative side, it is not a tactic that is particularly noble and adds more than a hint of sleaziness to the elective process.

The purpose of a primary is to allow each party to select the best candidate from their party to run against the opposing party’s candidate. And it is highly dishonorable (in my opinion) to vote in a primary if you intend to support the other party.

Which is why I have no problem with the loyalty oath. Basically, it is non binding and absolutely useless. We have already established that it is a dishonorable act to vote in a primary for  “the other side” with the purpose in mind of selecting a weaker candidate go go up against the candidate of the party you support. Dishonorable people willing to do such a thing are not going to have a problem signing an oath promising to support the eventual Republican nominee and then doing the opposite.

And these are really the ones that the RPV is trying to stop, and it will do nothing to keep dishonorable people from acting dishonorably.

And the majority of Republicans are not going to support Obama in 2012. So the non binding oath is not going to change anything with them.

And if the RPV thinks for one second that a single Ron Paul supporter who goes in to vote for Ron Paul will let a little thing like a non binding oath to the Republican Party keep them from voting for Ron Paul should he fail to secure the Republican Nomination and run as a third party candidate, then they are absolutely delusional. Ron Paul supporters are going to vote for Ron Paul. Period.

So exactly what does the RPV hope to gain by requiring an oath to support the Republican Candidate as a condition of voting in the Republican Primary?

Well, I’m afraid I haven’t a clue.

The only thing this has done is generate more negative publicity for Virginia Republicans with absolutely no benefit to the party and tick off a lot of Republicans like Bob Marshall who would never vote for Obama anyway.

And it will also serve to feed the Democrats line that the Republicans are the Stupid Party and give a lot of Independents yet another reason to vote Democratic.

But if I were planning to vote in the Republican Presidential Primary in Virginia that has already been tainted by rule changes in the middle of the contest, I wouldn’t have a problem signing a pledge to vote in such a tainted process promising to support the eventual Republican nominee.

I was already planning to do that.

But it is really sad that the leadership at the RPV keeps shooting themselves in the foot for no good reason. This absolutely meaningless “oath” is just another stupid idea coming at a time when the RPV can ill afford it.

 

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.

One Response to “What’s the Big Deal About the Republican Party of Va’s Loyalty Oath?”

  1. spil spil and vinde says:

    Well, let’s play to this game then. The Koran mentions Jesus Christ, but according to it he:1)Was not the son of God; 2) Did not die on the cross and 3) Did not resurrect. In fact according to the Koran Jesus Christ arranged to be replaced by somebody else, who died in his place, while he walked away. To use the words of Judge Mark Martin “And what you’ve done is you’ve completely trashed our essence, our being. We find it very, very, very offensive. I am a Christian. I find it very offensive…You are way outside your bounds of first amendment rights.” That means that according to any Judge Martin’s line of thinking, any Christian would have the right to attack any Muslim and try to choke him or her for the very circumstance of professing the Koran: Islam in itself represents blasphemy against Christ and any anti-blasphemy law should be immediately enforced against any Muslim.

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    Tom White Says:

    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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