South Carolina Republicans Requiring Candidates To Sign Personal Morality Pledge
The Republican Party in Laurens County, South Carolina is requiring candidates for office to sign a pledge that includes several representation about their personal behavior:
To be on the ballot as a Republican in Laurens County, you do not have to be “just” Republican.
You, apparently, have to be the “right kind” of Republican.
You must oppose abortion, in any circumstances.
You must uphold the right to have guns, all kinds of guns.
You must endorse the idea of a balanced state and federal budget, whatever it takes, even if your primary responsibility is to be sure the county budget is balanced.
You must favor, and live up to, abstinence before marriage.
You must be faithful to your spouse. Your spouse cannot be a person of the same gender, and you are not allowed to favor any government action that would allow for civil unions of people of the same sex.
You cannot now, from the moment you sign this pledge, look at pornography.
You must have:
“A compassionate and moral approach to Teen Pregnancy;”
“A commitment to Peace Through Strength in Foreign Policy;” and
“A high regard for Unites States Sovereignty.”
These are just a few of the 28 principles of Republicanism, some taken from the Jeffersonian view of democracy, that candidates must pledge to adhere to if they want to be allowed on the Laurens County Republican primary ballot.
These are in addition to the qualifications outlined in state law.
Now, of course, a political party has every right to decide who it puts on the ballot, or at least who it endorses. But, I’ve really got to wonder what the value of this kind of pledge would really be. After all, wouldn’t an amoral, power hungry politically ambitious South Carolinian just lie anyway?