When an Oath is Not an Oath.

There’s plenty to write about including the latest from the mouth of a real jackass I could have gone longer without hearing.  Rod Beck.

I remember Rod Beck. An arch-conservative if there ever was one.  Right up there with my other favorite ReThug dimwits from what seems the long ago past: Helen Chenowith, Steve Symms . . . .

As I recall – which is difficult to do in my present estrogen-starved state – Beck did this loyalty pledge thingy a few years ago.  However, just so we’re clear, it’s not a loyalty pledge or an oath.  It’s a candidate disclosure statement.

You will note that no such “oath” exists. Such language is a fabrication created to cause a negative reaction. The use of a pejorative as a tactic is most often associated with the term propaganda, and that’s precisely what we are witnessing here, folks.  Propaganda!

The Idaho Republican Party is only asking candidates to disclose to fellow Republicans if they agree with the principles outlined in the Idaho Republican Party platform and, if they don’t, where they disagree.  Such a disclosure is only applicable prior to a Republican primary. That’s where we choose our candidates.

Does it not make sense to find out if candidates who claim to be Republican actually believe in the principles of the Idaho Republican Party before choosing them to represent the principles of the Republican Party in a general election? Any Republican who now claims they will refuse to sign an “oath” actually hasn’t been asked and won’t be asked to sign any such thing.

Firstly, Mr. Beck says no such thing exists and is just a lie; it’s propaganda.  Immediately following that assertion, Mr. Beck then points out the advantages of having said thing which doesn’t exist and, besides, it just more propaganda from the people who produce it most often in one of the REDDEST states in the union – Democrats.  Did he, perhaps, mention any names? (cough . . . Keith Roark … cough).
In ‘researching’ Mr. Beck’s role in previous attempts to institute that candidate disclosure clause, I ran across this at the Idaho State Journal’s JHub, who makes the claim Idaho is the reddest state in the country. I don’t think we are; I think that distinction belongs to Utah.
Former State Senate Majority Leader Rod Beck, who pushed through a provision for a party loyalty oath at last week’s Republican convention ….tried unsuccessfully to pass a pledge measure in 2006, and also is behind a lawsuit filed by the Idaho Republican Party seeking to close the GOP primary to all but registered party members.

So we have this thing that doesn’t exist, according to Rod Beck, which he has attempted to institute in the past with some ‘semblance’ being passed by the state GOP a few weeks ago.  And in the interim several state and two federal representatives have flat-out stated they will not sign such a nonexistent document.  JHub cites “State Rep. Maxine Bell of Jerome and State Sen. Joe Stegner of Lewiston.”  And I’ve heard with my own ears via local news the names of Butch Otter, Mike Simpson; Sens. Risch & Crapo aren’t backing certain planks of the platform, specifically repeal of the 17th Amendment.

Per Sen. Joe Stegner (R-Lewiston):

“It seems to be directed at purifying the party,” says Stegner. “It smacks of some rather heavy-handed party requirements that I think in the last century have certainly been abused in any number of nations, and I don’t think that’s the direction America should be going.”

I’d say that’s some pretty strong language regarding something that doesn’t exist. There is another option according to the Idaho Democratic Party:

If you are tired, irritated and frightened by the right wing extremism of the Idaho Republican Party you are always welcome in our big tent.

Whether the disclosure of where one fits into the platform planks of the GOP is tantamount to gleaning out those in some sort of political pogrom isn’t about seeking the most loyal of proponents, what is it then?  Whether it’s demonstrating to your fellow GOP party hard-liners or believers or to the voting community at large, it’s putting those who state they are Republicans up to an unfair penetrating spotlight.  There’s no need, really.  I mean, look at Walt Minnick.

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