So, the Republican party is demanding that the seventeen major candidates for its nomination for the US presidency sign a loyalty oath to continue in the campaign. They must pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee and promise not to run as an independent.
It is perceived to be aimed against Donald Trump, who has refused to rule out an independent run if he doesn’t get the nomination.
I don’t think he should sign it.
I don’t think that any candidate should sign it.
No one should promise to support a candidate just because that person will appear on the ballot on the Republican line. Or the Democratic line. Or any other party line.
Voting is one of our most important civic duties. In order to take our votes seriously, they must not be pre-determined months before an election.
No loyalty oaths in the United States!