Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Treason via the Norquist Pledge

I don't like to throw words such as "treason" and "traitor" around lightly.  It has too much meaning in human and U.S. history.  To be a traitor in this nation is to be against the very foundations of our nation and system of government.  To be a traitor means that you place yourself and your ideology above all else.  But anyone who has taken the Grover Norquist pledge against voting to raise taxes, including Mr. Norquist himself, has committed an act of treason and are thus traitors to the United States.

It doesn't matter if the person taking the pledge and acting upon it is a member of a local school board, a city council, a county board of supervisors, a state legislature or a Congress, they are committing treason.  They have, by taking the pledge, chosen to work against the best interest of those they are supposed to represent and have forsaken their oaths of office.  They have, by taking the pledge, chosen to wage war against our very system of government.

They don't want to make government better for all, they want to destroy it and replace it with a form of government that favors the rich, powerful and corporations and in most cases, a government that embraces their brand of Christianity as the only allowed religion.  They aren't trying to overthrow our government via use of an army, but through economic destabilization.

Our forefathers weren't against taxation, they were against taxation without representation.  They knew then that taxes were a necessary part of allowing government to function.  They knew that taxes were how we take care of our "debts and obligations".  That's why they gave Congress the ability and the authority to levy taxes as needed, without the requirement of a "super majority".  It is also why they didn't put a false ceiling on taxes or debts.

This is why I believe that Grover Norquist and his adherents are committing treason.  This is why they are so dangerous and must be stopped.


  1. You are right. Their goal is not to lower taxes but to destroy the federal government. Grover has said he wants to starve the federal government until it was small enough to drown in a bath tub.

  2. Taxes are the price we pay for civilization. If Grover and his adherents find that too distasteful for themselves and their moneyed masters, perhaps they'll be happier in Somalia.

  3. Norquiest says, "yes, Reagan raised taxes in 1982 but it was the Democrats who failed to cut spending." Oh really, and who signed off on the law? I see. Norquist's talking points are bs.

  4. A few weeks ago, the Los Angeles Times posted a letter to the editor from an individual who had approached the Republican Party and stated his desire to run for a congressional seat. When presented with the Norquist pledge, he declined to sign it because he wanted to decide the issues for himself. He was assured that many other aspiring candidates would be willing to sign the pledge. Now we can see why Republicans vote as one when the issue is about raising taxes. They have all been previously selected by the Republican Party.


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