Republicans have taken pledges in the past few years, particularly one from Grover Norquist promising not to raise taxes of any kind. After this fall’s experience with the federal government shutdown and threatening to harm the nation’s credit rating by failing to raise the debt ceiling, I would like to propose another pledge to all public officials and candidates for public office, especially federal officials.
My “National Interests Loyalty Pledge” would read as follows:
“I pledge that I as an elected public official will refrain from engaging in any actions that could reasonably be construed as political extortion of the government or the president of the United States, in an effort to force the majority party or the president to enact or adopt policies that would not normally be enacted through the traditional democratic processes, especially those that have the potential to shut down the federal government or adversely affect the full faith and credit of the United States of America.”
This pledge could help the citizenry to make more enlightened decisions about the judgment of candidates for high office and have a deterrent effect on irresponsible political behavior.
Roger G. Owens