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Laurens County GOP Requires Purity Pledge

S.C. county requires candidates to make pledge to get on ballot

The Republican Party in one South Carolina county adjusted its policies last week to require candidates to sign pledges asserting that they live up to certain conservative principles, according to The Clinton Chronicle.

The Laurens County GOP added 28 "principles of Republicanism" to a pledge that a candidate must sign in order to be on a Republican primary ballot there.

Some of the required pledge items include:
 

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.

Once candidates sign the pledge, they must also interview in front of a three-person committee in order to secure a place on the ballot.

The new policy passed Feb. 28 with unanimous support of the party's executive committee, according to the article.

South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly said he felt certain measures were required to prevent Democrats from running on the Republican ticket.

"You can't keep them from filing, legally," Connelly said of potential Republican candidates. "But we should be able to ask, 'What do you believe in, and why.'"


Rusty Inman March 08, 2012 at 06:19 AM
Tonto, surely you are not expecting us to take seriously "Sheriff Joe" and his press conference per the "conclusions" reached by his "all-volunteer cold-case posse" regarding the president's birth certificate and selective service card. Tonto, a good, patriotic American like you could never, I'm sure, tenet anyone--even and especially a, well, law enforcement officer--intentionally violating the document that good, patriotic Americans (like you, like me) hold dear: The United States Constitution. Tonto, Sheriff Joe has already been accused by the U.S. Justice Dept. of egregiously violating the constitutional rights of individuals--right to privacy, right to due process among them--on almost innumerable occasions. He is also being investigated by the Justice Dept. for malicious prosecution, misuse of campaign funds, and on and on and on. He is also being questioned as to why, during a three-year period surrounding 2005, over 2,000 sex-crime charges in his county were simply ignored. Tonto, Maricopa County became a free-pass playground for sexual predators. Does that not bother you? All of that, along with other really unfortunate actions and statements, means that a lot of intelligent people simply will not take seriously anything this biased bigot has to say about anything. Tonto, a lot of people in Maricopa County wish that Sheriff Joe had 1/100th the decency, basic humanity, concern for true justice, and leadership qualities possessed by Barack Obama.
Tonto March 08, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Well, Rustyman looks like my vote will be cancelling out your vote :)
Rusty Inman March 08, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Doggone it, Tonto, you ruined my day when you said that. Even though you might have to stand in line to cast the vote that cancels mine--lots of people, including most of my friends, want to be able to say that they cancelled my vote. In the end, tho, I doubt that whoever gets elected is going to change the way things are for either of us. It is probably good that we both care more about how a president impacts on the country/world as a whole than about how a president impacts on us. It's also good that we can disagree and, when all is said and done, go out there and pull for those Gamecocks! You are a Gamecock fan, aren't you? I mean, you aren't a Tiger fan, are you? If you are, all that good stuff I said about you is cancelled. I mean, politics is interesting to talk about but Carolina v. Clemson is life-and-death stuff. Of course, we could still be able to say that at least we aren't Georgia fans. You aren't a Georgia fan, are you? :)
penny March 08, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Purity Pledge. Sounds rather Hitleresque to me. But, that's Laurens KKK County for you.
Dee Marie March 23, 2012 at 02:52 PM
What's wrong with this? They finally cracked the code and determined why SC is so backwards! It's because the Republicans are sex addicted perverts! Sheesh! What has taken so long to fix this problem! Now that we fixed this, maybe our education and employment will improve! lol!

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