LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Loyalty oath a bad idea for GOP

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Those the “gods” wish to destroy, they first make mad. The Republican Party of Virginia is going to require anyone who votes in its primary to sign an oath to support the Republican nominee for president. That would mandate the signer, once committed, to vote for someone he might not even like - and might even abhor.

Conservatives who value a sense of honor and freedom of choice won’t participate because this mandate eliminates the essence of the franchise: the right to vote for whichever candidate one chooses, and the freedom to change one’s mind. For that reason, excluding viable candidates from the primary election made no sense, nor does forcing a loyalty oath to a political party. After all, the last time that happened was in 1930s Germany.

But a loyalty oath is unenforceable. It isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, so why do it and risk rankling the Republican base? The only possible explanation is that the Republican Party of Virginia is now made up entirely of Democratic moles.

NORTON RUBENSTEIN

Richmond

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