The New York Times Opinion Page
Signing Away the Right to Govern
It used to be that a sworn oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution was the only promise required to become president. But that no longer seems to be enough for a growing number of Republican interest groups, who are demanding that presidential candidates sign pledges shackling them to the corners of conservative ideology. Many candidates are going along, and each pledge they sign undermines the basic principle of democratic government built on compromise and negotiation.
This is the single most devastating euphemism I’ve seen to date.
It is unconstitutional, uncooperative, and just plain wrong.
America needs to tax the super rich and weathy corporations at a
substantially higher rate to encourage growth in our economy.
Yet ignorant republican politicians have lined up to sign this like a
druggie lines up to by his next fix.
Full story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/opinion/19tue1.html