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Loyalty Oath

Friday Talking Points -- A Campaign Retrospective, Part 1

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Donald Trump has now officially selected Mike Pence for his running mate. This means it'll be a Trump/Pence ticket. Create your own humorous talking point around this matchup.

Friday Talking Points -- It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's been a pretty momentous week in the history of American politics, folks. The Republican Party is going to nominate Donald Trump to run for the highest office in the land. Politics and entertainment are now one.

Trump Triumphant

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is now official. Seventeen candidates ran for the Republican presidential nomination, and the sixteenth of these just suspended his campaign. This leaves Donald Trump as the last man standing.

GOP's Loyalty Oaths Now Null and Void

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Anderson Cooper just made some news by asking all three Republican candidates for president whether they'd honor their previous pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee. None of the three candidates now say they'll honor their loyalty pledge.

#NeverTrump Will Quickly Become #OKWhatTheHellGoDonald

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Mitt made a long speech full of many detailed reasons why Donald Trump is absolutely unacceptable as a presidential candidate; but if Trump becomes the nominee, then Mitt will put party in front of country and go right ahead and support Trump anyway.

The End of the GOP?

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Are we witnessing the end of the Republican Party? That's a pretty stunning question to ask, but we're living through a pretty stunning presidential nomination fight, so it can no longer be avoided or ignored.

Friday Talking Points -- North, To Alaska!

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.04.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama had some fun this week, and by doing so actually forced the media to tackle a serious subject on his agenda.

Keeping Trump Off the Ballot Will Backfire

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.26.2016 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

If the state-level Republicans do decide to create loyalty oaths in a naked bid to keep Donald Trump off their primary ballots, his supporters are going to be enraged.

10 Questions for Conservatives

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Now that the Republican Party -- the conservative voice in mainstream U.S. electoral politics -- has attained the most thoroughgoing control of Congress that it has enjoyed since 1928, it's an appropriate time to take a good look at modern conservatism.

Do Wars Really Defend America's Freedom?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

U.S. politicians and pundits are fond of saying that America's wars have defended America's freedom. But the historical record doesn't bear out this contention. In fact, over the past century, U.S. wars have triggered major encroachments upon civil liberties.

Act Patriotically to Fix the Pledge

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Reciting the pledge can certainly be a patriotic act, but so can fighting against religious intrusion into our government.

ALEC Demands Lawmakers Pledge Allegiance - to ALEC

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Voters have a right to know where the allegiance of their lawmakers' lies. They should be asking if their elected representatives have sworn to serve ALEC first. And if so, those should be the first to go.

The Loyalty Oath Business

Barry Levinson | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Barry Levinson

In a time of a recession when jobs are hard to come by, Grover Norquist has invented a job for himself. His job is to make sure that those in Congress take a loyalty oath to say that they will never raise taxes.

For Wall Street: A Loyalty Oath -- to Main Street

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Carla Seaquist

If Main Street takes another shellacking from Wall Street, expect a revolution mounted by Main Street, one that will make the Tea Party's anger seem, in comparison, tepid.

The Loyalty Oath Is a Good Deal

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

Jews who lived for centuries as good citizens of Arab countries would have loved nothing more than to pledge loyalty to a "Muslim and democratic state" in return for the same freedoms, rights and protections that Arabs enjoy today in Israel.

The Top 10 Worst Errors Israel Is About to Make

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

1. The Loyalty Oath What it is: A proposed amendment to Israel's Law of Citizenship, which, if approved by the Knesset, would require non-Jews seekin...

Provisional Loyalty to a Provisional State

Yoav Sivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoav Sivan

To become Israeli, you are required to participate in the endless debate that has vexed our people since as far back as Herzl's diaries: Can Israel be both Jewish and democratic?

A Hero's Journey: Barack Obama Goes To Washington

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

The Inauguration and Call to Service Congratulations, America! Today, we got ourselves a new president! Come on now, you have to admit, this is ...

Precedent George Bush

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bush's term in office will be remembered for the precedents it set, particularly in relation to the presidential power, and the separation of powers between the three branches of U.S. government.

California Uber Alles?

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

California's Constitution requires state employees to pledge to take up arms to defend the state against enemies. The oath was added in 1952; it was hardly justifiable then and is a bizarre anachronism now.

Virginia GOP Demands Loyalty Oath From Primary Voters

TPM Election Central | Erik Kleefeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Virginia GOP has found an interesting way to discourage non-Republicans from voting in their presidential primary. Voters will be required to sign...