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Republican “purity pledge”

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Here’s a quote worth pondering:

Republican faithfulness to its conservative principles and public policies and Republican solidarity in opposition to Obama’s socialist agenda is necessary to preserve the security of our country, our economic and political freedoms, and our way of life.

Don’t you just love it? It’s part of what many are calling a Republican “purity pledge.” Conservatives have a mixed view of it – some believe that it lets non-conservatives off the hook too easily.

Liberals love the idea. Kathleen Parker calls it the GOP Suicide Pact.

Hari Sevugan, a Democratic Party spokesman, predicted the resolution would “further marginalize” the GOP:

Do you think they have rules that will allow me to cast a ballot in favor of it?

Democratic consultant Peter Mirijanian, who served as an adviser to Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns, applauded the GOP purity test:

I want to thank the RNC for the litmus test, anything that will keep moderates and independents from voting in the 2010 election for Republicans, I’m all in favor of.

Here’s the proposal:

Proposed RNC Resolution on Reagan’s Unity Principle for Support of Candidates

WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan believed that the Republican Party should support and espouse conservative principles and public policies; and

WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan also believed the Republican Party should welcome those with diverse views; and

WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan believed, as a result, that someone who agreed with him 8 out of 10 times was his friend, not his opponent; and

WHEREAS, Republican faithfulness to its conservative principles and public policies and Republican solidarity in opposition to Obama’s socialist agenda is necessary to preserve the security of our country, our economic and political freedoms, and our way of life; and

WHEREAS, Republican faithfulness to its conservative principles and public policies is necessary to restore the trust of the American people in the Republican Party and to lead to Republican electoral victories; and

WHEREAS, the Republican National Committee shares President Ronald Reagan’s belief that the Republican Party should espouse conservative principles and public policies and welcome persons of diverse views; and

WHEREAS, the Republican National Committee desires to implement President Reagan’s Unity Principle for Support of Candidates; and

WHEREAS, in addition to supporting candidates, the Republican National Committee provides financial support for Republican state and local parties for party building and federal election activities, which benefits all candidates and is not affected by this resolution; and

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, 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 positions 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; and be further

RESOLVED, that upon the approval of this resolution the Republican National Committee shall deliver a copy of this resolution to each of Republican members of Congress, all Republican candidates for Congress, as they become known, and to each Republican state and territorial party office.

Chief Sponsor:
James Bopp Jr., Indiana
Sponsors:
Avie Axdahl, Minnesota
Donna Cain, Oregon
Cindy Costa, South Carolina
Debbie Joslin, Alaska
Peggy Lambert, Tennessee
Carolyn McLarty, Oklahoma
Pete Rickets, Nebraska
Steve Scheffler, Iowa
Helen Van Etten, Kansas
Solomon Yue, Oregon

Actually many right-wingers will oppose anyone who disagrees with any of these positions – 8 ou of 10 is not enough for them.

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